27 October 2023

UPDATE: Man accused of alleged Bruce stabbing murder identified

| Claire Fenwicke
crime scene at Bruce

A 65-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene in Bruce on Monday. Photo: Ian Bushnell.

CONTENT WARNING: This article mentions self-harm.

UPDATE 3:30 pm – The man accused of killing his partner in Bruce has been identified as Van Thanh Vu.

He was formally charged with murder over the stabbing death of Thi Thuy Huong Nguyen in the ACT Magistrates Court on Friday (27 October).

The 70 year old appeared via audio-visual link (AVL) from Canberra Hospital, where he remains under police guard.

No application was made for bail, however it was requested a non-publication order be put in place.

Prosecutor Trent Hickey said he had been informed a family member had asked for the suppression order put in place.

Mr Hickey argued the threshold for a suppression order couldn’t be reached in this case.

Special Magistrate Sean Richter agreed.

“There is nothing before me that would persuade me [to grant this request],” he said.

Defence lawyer Nathan Deakes requested Mr Vu be marked as a prisoner at risk due to his injuries and “attempts made on his own life”, which was granted.

Mr Vu is next schedule to appear before the court via AVL on the family violence list on 17 November.

No pleas were entered.

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1 pm – A 70-year-old man will be charged with murder when he faces the ACT Magistrates Court this afternoon (Friday, 27 October).

He’s accused of stabbing his partner, which resulted in her death on Monday (23 October).

The 65-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency service workers.

The man has been in hospital since the incident under police guard.

He was arrested by homicide squad detectives earlier this morning and will be charged with murder at a bedside hearing in the coming hours.

If you or someone you know needs mental health assistance, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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