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Teen charged with murder of Indian student she met via dating app in Australia

Maulin Rathod, an Indian student in Australia, died on July 25 at a local hospital, after he was found critically injured at the house of the girl he went following a dinner date.

world Updated: Jul 30, 2018 18:01 IST
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An Indian student was found dead after a dinner date in Melbourne.

A teenage girl was charged with murder in Australia on Monday for killing an Indian student she had met through a dating app.

Jamie Lee Dolheguy, 18, was arrested last week over an attack on Maulin Rathod at her home in Sunbury on July 24 which left him with fatal injuries. The 25-year-old student died in a hospital the following day.

Dolheguy sat impassively with her head slightly down as she appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates Court via a video link from custody.

The teenager was charged with attempted murder, intentionally causing serious injury and recklessly causing serious injury after her arrest, and also faced a charge of murder.

Dolheguy and Rathod reportedly met through a dating app and decided to meet each other.

She was remanded to custody to appear before the court again on November 19.

The Indian mission in Melbourne confirmed that the Indian is in constant touch with his family in India and local friends as well as relevant Australian authorities.

“Considering the unusual circumstances surrounding the tragic death, the Australian authorities would need to complete extra-legal formalities before the mortal remains are released, and hence the transportation of the mortal remains of Maulin back to India may take slightly longer time,” the Indian Consulate here said.

It said that all efforts were being made by the Consulate, in coordination with the Australian authorities, to expedite the completion of the required formalities, so that the mortal remains of Rathod were repatriated at the earliest.

Rathod had arrived in Australia four years ago on a student visa to study accountancy.

First Published: Jul 30, 2018 14:32 IST