You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Self-defence claim in Vic servo death

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016

A cable technician charged with the Melbourne petrol station bashing murder of another man will face a committal hearing next year.

Police allege Nuri Balla, 30, assaulted Aaron Sean Burnett in a petrol station car park in July before dumping him at Werribee Mercy Hospital, where he later died.

Balla appeared in Melbourne Magistrates' Court via video link on Thursday, where he was remanded in custody for a committal hearing, which will determine whether he goes to trial, in April.

The possibility of self-defence and ongoing animosity between Balla and Mr Burnett will be explored at the hearing, the court was told.

At an out-of-sessions bail hearing after his arrest in August, Balla was reprimanded for being "disrespectful" and "flippant" by the bail justice.

It came after the accused murderer had sat with his hands down his pants, swinging his legs and yawning loudly.

Balla's three-day committal hearing will start on April 5.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon