Man charged with 61-year-old’s murder fronts court


A Victorian man accused of fatally injuring a 61-year-old has fronted court charged over the death.

Aaron Bernath, from Maddingley at Bacchus Marsh, was on Saturday charged with murder after police found a 61-year-old man injured at a home on Stonehill Drive on the night of January 11.

The man was flown to hospital where he later died.

Bernath on Monday morning fronted Melbourne Magistrates Court, where Magistrate Vincenzo Caltabiano remanded him in custody.

He was earlier charged with a lesser offence before he was charged with murder, the court was told.

Bernath, who sat in the dock wearing a grey tracksuit, occasionally looked at the ceiling throughout his Monday filing hearing.

He said, “yes, your honour“, when he was remanded in custody.

Prosecutors asked for 14 weeks to prepare a brief of evidence given the number of exhibits to be analysed.

Victoria Police earlier said Bernath and the 61-year-old man knew each other.

Detectives continue to investigate the incident.

Bernath is next due to appear in court on May 30.