ACCUSED: Bowe Madigan is led into a vehicle by police officers outside Wangaratta Magistrate’s Court. Picture: MARK JESSERThe man accused of the sexual assault and murder of 11-year-old Zoe Buttigieg has faced court.
Bowe Maddigan, 29, of Mildura sat in the Wangaratta Magistrates Court with a straight face as his case was heard, closing his eyes multiple times.
He has been charged with murder, sexual penetration of a child under 16 and indecent act on a child under 16.
The accused wore a white shirt and black pants, his long hair tied into a bun and his beard kept neat.
Three police guarded Maddigan in the dock, but the man had not been any trouble in the holding cells so they did not place him in handcuffs.
Maddigan did not have any support in the courtroom, while one person representing the victim’s family did attend.
The case was adjourned until February 11, 2016.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Heath Dosser said he was unsure of Maddigan’s health.
“He was released by Kerferd (mental health unit at Wangaratta hospital) and arrested immediately after his release,” he said.
“It’s not known if there are any drug or alcohol or mental health issues.”
Solicitor Joe Battiato did not make an application for bail.
The court requested extra security on Thursday.
Police checked bags and used metal detectors to scan everyone walking into the courtroom.
The man charged with murder of 11yo girl has arrived at Wangaratta court. @bordermailpic.twitter杭州龙凤论坛m/NQuPOLK0hp
— Shana Morgan (@shana_morgan) October 28, 2015Bowe Maddigan has been remanded until February 2016 over the alleged murder of a Wangaratta girl. Said nothing in court.
— Shana Morgan (@shana_morgan) October 28, 2015
There wasa party at the house on Saturday night, and an altercation is believed to have occurred after midnight.
Neighbours had reported a loud wailing scream about 11am on Sunday before police and paramedics arrived at the home.
The grieving family has asked for privacy as they prepare for the funeral.