Thu. Jul 25th, 2024
alert-–-annette-brennan:-woman-allegedly-murdered-and-stuffed-in-a-wheelie-bin-in-coolaroo,-melbourne,-is-identified-as-english-teacherAlert – Annette Brennan: Woman allegedly murdered and stuffed in a wheelie bin in Coolaroo, Melbourne, is identified as English teacher

An English teacher loved by her students has been identified as the woman whose body was stuffed in a wheelie bin in Melbourne.

Annette Brennan, 67, was found dead at a rubbish tip in Epping last week, about 8km from her home in Coolaroo.

A 45-year-old man from Coolaroo was arrested in Glenroy, in Melbourne‘s north-west, about 11.15am on Tuesday. 

Detectives believe the Ms Brennan’s remains were put inside a bin that was picked up from her Hilgay Street home by a garbage truck on Tuesday. 

Staff at a Cooper Street rubbish tip in nearby Epping located her body while moving green waste on Wednesday and contacted police. 

A police spokesperson said an investigation is underway to determine the circumstances surrounding Ms Brennan’s death.

Ms Brennan is believed to be known to the 45-year-old man now being interviewed by police.  

While police refuse to reveal how the pair knew each other, they have told reporters the victim is not the man’s mother.  

One of Ms Brennan’s former students, Simona Croce, told 9News that the teacher was a ‘beautiful, loving and a kind woman’.

‘She was amazing, I’m really shocked,’ she added, calling her a ‘second mum’.

‘No one deserves to be treated this way, no one,’ she said. 

A significant police canvass of the Coolaroo area for CCTV footage remains ongoing. 

Detectives are also keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area around that time.

The arrest comes on the back of rapid detective work which saw police track the route of the woman’s body from the tip back to her Coolaroo property. 

On Saturday, police were seen collecting clippings from plants and shrubs at nearby properties, which are believed to have matched those found at the tip. 

Police also probed another brick home about 100m down the street, using a locksmith to enter the property about 1pm.

It is understood detectives were keen to check footage from the home’s CCTV cameras, which could provide vital evidence in the ongoing investigation. 

CCTV in the largely government housing area is not widespread, with police again calling on the public to come forward with any possible footage. 

Police are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have CCTV or dashcam footage captured between Sunday June 23 and Tuesday July 2.

On Monday, a lone detective was spotted entering the house through the front door. 

He was seen closing an open window at the front of the home before leaving about 10 minutes later.   

Apart from teams of media representatives, no-one was seen visiting the property on Monday. 

Nor did anyone attend to leave floral tributes, which have become routine at other similar tragedies.   

One neighbour told Daily Mail the neighbourhood remained in shock following the suspected murder. 

‘We’ve never seen anything like this out here. It’s just awful,’ the man said. 

Other neighbours claimed the woman living at the home was quiet, but friendly.

While she was not known to drive a car herself, neighbours had observed a car parked in the driveway, which was used by a man.

One neighbour said he saw a man taking out bins from the property in the days leading up to the discovery.

The scene outside the Coolaroo home on Monday was a far cry from the community response to the death of Chaithanya ‘Swetha’ Madhagani. 

Ms Madhagani’s body had also been stuffed into a wheelie bin found on Mount Pollock Road in Buckley, west of Geelong, on March 8.

Her death sparked an outpouring of emotion from the community, with friends gathering to honour her in Point Cook, where she lived. 

Ms Brennan is alleged to be the 48th woman murdered in this year.  

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