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Homeless man guilty of girlfriend's murder

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016 Kaitlyn Offer

A homeless man who fatally bashed his girlfriend in a Melbourne car park then fell asleep next to her lifeless body in the car they lived in has been found guilty of her murder.

Mataio Jordan Aleluia, 20, killed mother-of-two Brittany Shanice Harvie, 22, in a sustained, violent rage in Clayton South in June 2015.

Aleluia suspected Ms Harvie was cheating on him, crown prosecutor Andrew Tinney SC told the jury in his opening address.

"For what it is worth, there will be no evidence in the trial at all to suggest that these suspicions were well founded," he said.

But, Aleluia used his jealousy as a reason to bash his partner in the early hours of June 3, Mr Tinney said.

Aleluia first attacked Ms Harvie in the Mitsubishi Magna station wagon the couple were sleeping in, including kneeing her in the head.

He then dragged her out of the car, pummelling her head and body with punches, before putting her body in the front passenger seat, covering it with clothes and a blanket, then going to sleep himself.

He woke the next morning to find Ms Harvie dead and went to his family's home nearby where he told his sister something had gone wrong.

Aleluia then ran back to the car, changed his clothes and got a backpack, catching a train to Dandenong.

He went to a youth advocacy centre where staff called police after the then-teenager admitted to killing Ms Harvie.

Aleluia went on trial after pleading guilty to manslaughter, but not guilty to murder.

However, the jury on Thursday found Aleluia guilty of murder.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

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