New charges brought against Uni students’ alleged murderer

Edited by Nelly Tawil
University graduate Michelle Leng was stabbed more than 30 times and suffered a number of defensive wounds.
She was last seen in public on CCTV footage at Campsie train station on Thursday, April 21. She had spent the afternoon shopping on Pitt Street.
Her body was found April 24 at Munmorah national park in the Snapper Point blowhole floating face-down in the Lake.
Homicide detectives charged Derek Barrett, Ms. Leng’s uncle, with her murder at the end of April. Mr Barrett, 27, was an IT worker who lived with Ms. Leng, 25, in Campsie.
Mr Barrett has recently had additional charges brought to him on Wednesday after the new details of Ms. Lengs final hours were revealed, which included her being stripped naked, bound and gagged before her uncle allegedly stabbed her.
The former IT worker was charged with 27 additional offences, including detaining for advantage, committing an act of indecency and filming private parts without consent when his case was mentioned in Burwood Local Court on Wednesday.
Various charges are separate from the case and relate to another young woman whom he was accused of photographing as she slept.
He is also accused of filming himself masturbating over that woman and Ms Leng in separate incidents before Ms Leng’s death.
Police will allege they came across the material alongside photographs showing a naked Ms Leng, bound with duct tape around her wrists and across her mouth.
It will be alleged those photos were found on a mobile phone linked to Mr Barrett.
Mr. Barrett was in the Central Coast visiting relatives in the area when police tracked him down, before Ms. Leng’s body was found.
CCTV captured a car driving into the national park at 7am on Sunday, April 24. Ms Leng’s body was found at 10.30am that day.
Ms Leng’s aunt, who is married to Mr Barrett and who also lives at the Campsie home, was in Wollongong when Ms Leng was allegedly murdered.
Ms Leng, who was also known by her Chinese name Mengmei, moved to Australia from China to study at the University of Technology, Sydney, five years ago.
Mr Barrett did not appear in court and the case was adjourned to August 10.

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