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Victims' family faces accused killer in court

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Mark Russell

Family members of a couple killed in their Moonee Ponds home were in court on Tuesday to see their accused killer face two charges of murder.

Mustafa Kunduraci, 44, of Meadow Heights, appeared briefly in the Melbourne Magistrates Court via videolink from the Melbourne Assessment Prison charged with murdering Greg Tucker and his partner Korinne Aylward on December 8 last year.

Prosecutor Guillaume Baillin told magistrate Gerard Lethbridge on Tuesday that members of the victims’ family were in court for Mr Kunduraci’s brief appearance.

The court was told Mr Kunduraci had recently hired his third set of lawyers and required an adjournment.

Mr Lethbridge agreed to the adjournment but told Mr Kunduraci this would be the last time he could have the matter delayed on the basis that he had changed lawyers.

Mr Kunduraci was remanded to appear on August 19 for a further committal mention.

An earlier court hearing was told Mr Kunduraci had repeatedly stabbed Mr Tucker and Ms Aylward after an argument over a debt for plaster work he had done at their Moonee Ponds home.

Homicide squad Detective Senior Sergeant Stuart Bailey said that Mr Kunduraci had called police on December 8, saying he had been stabbed while at the property to collect an outstanding debt. There had been a dispute about the quality of workmanship, he said.

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