A western Sydney nursing student’s alleged killer waited for up to 20 minutes for his victim to return home before fatally stabbing her, court documents reveal.
David Tran was remanded in custody for six weeks on Wednesday after he allegedly broke into Daiane Pelegrini’s empty apartment and sent threatening text messages on Monday afternoon.
Within 20 minutes, the Brazilian woman arrived back at the Oatlands unit and was allegedly attacked by Tran.
She was treated at the scene but died shortly after arriving at Westmead Hospital.
Tran is also accused of attacking a 25-year-old male friend of Ms Pelegrini with her at the time.
The friend was treated for a minor injury.
Relatives of Ms Pelegrini, who was studying nursing at Western Sydney University, have reacted with shock.
“My God,” a family member said online.
“She don’t deserve this,” her ex-husband Marcel Antunes De Ataide told Nine News.
Tran, who was arrested at the unit, was assessed at hospital on Monday evening and later charged with domestic violence-related murder.
He’s also facing charges of using a carriage service to menace, entering a dwelling with intent to stalk or intimidate and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Police allege in court documents he entered the 33-year-old’s home intending to “cause fear of physical or mental harm”.
Tran did not appear at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday when his case was mentioned.
“(There’s) no application for bail,” lawyer Mostafa Daoudie told the court.
Tran was remanded in custody ahead of a court mention on September 16.