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Murder accused to be medically assessed

AAP logoAAP 21/10/2016 Genevieve Gannon

A Melbourne man charged with murder after a body was discovered in an inner-city flat has been ordered to undergo an immediate medical assessment.

Kevin Curtin, 57, had a black eye and scratches to his face when he appeared in an out-of-sessions hearing on Friday evening after he was formally charged with murdering Stephen Darrall on Thursday.

Police on Friday said they interviewed Curtin after they found a knife and "a quantity of blood" in Curtin's Kensington apartment.

A post-mortem has revealed Mr Darrall died from stab wounds.

The Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Saturday heard Curtin needed medical attention for the injuries to his face and that he was possibly withdrawing from alcohol, and at risk of self-harm.

Magistrate Ross Betts ordered Curtin to undergo an immediate medical assessment.

On Friday, a police investigator said Curtin made admissions during the interview, but Curtin denied this.

"I didn't make admissions," he said.

Asked on Friday if he has any medical conditions, Curtin replied, "Where do I start."

He said he suffers from emphysema, anxiety and has trouble with the discs in his back but was not currently medicated.

When asked if he understood the charge he was facing, he replied, "Murder, they were saying."

Curtin did not speak during his brief hearing on Saturday.

He was remanded to return to court on October 25 for a filing hearing.

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