An alleged killer's elderly mother has used $900,000 equity in her suburban Melbourne home to help her murder-accused son post bail.
Emil Petrov has been charged with murdering his estranged wife Cindy Crossthwaite in 2007.
The 41-year-old mum was found shot and strangled in her home.
Petrov was charged with the crime more than a decade later, but was on Wednesday granted bail while he waits for his murder trial to start.
Despite concerns he would interfere with witnesses, including five former workmates, the 55-year-old was given a green light to leave custody by the Supreme Court.
It was revealed during the bail application the mother-of-three's cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and a compressive neck injury.
And the day before she died, she allegedly told a friend at the supermarket she was afraid of Petrov.
Ms Crossthwaite's father Philip discovered her body at her Melton South home after she failed to pick up two of her children from school.
"She feared for her life," Judge Peter Almond said.
At one point Petrov hired a private detective to stalk Ms Crossthwaite after their split in 2005.
Lawyers for the accused killer argued there were exceptional circumstance in his case and he was not an unacceptable risk to the community.
Petrov had no criminal history, there was a significant delay in court proceedings and he was the primary carer for his elderly mother.
There was also no physical or forensic evidence that tied him to the crime.
But prosecutor Robyn Harper argued the prosecution had a strong circumstantial case against Petrov despite the lack of physical evidence.
"The emergence of new information changed the course of the investigation," Ms Harper said.
The delay between the alleged murder and the charge was not unreasonable considering the course the investigation took, she said.
There were also concerns Petrov would interfere with witnesses including five people he worked with at a plastics company in Brooklyn.
However, Justice Almond was not convinced.
"Overall I am satisfied that in this case, the circumstances are quite out of the ordinary," he said.
He took into consideration Petrov's mother's health and his role in caring for her, his lack of criminal history and the delay in charging him.
His mother is using a Footscray property to secure a $900,000 surety for his release.
Petrov must report regularly to police, adhere to a curfew and surrender his passport.
The decision was little comfort to his daughter, Jesmine Crossthwaite-Petrov.
"It's disappointing," she said outside the court.
Petrov is due to next face court in May 2020.
Australian Associated Press