Deakin University academic charged with murder over Croydon North death

A Deakin University senior lecturer faced a court charged with one count of murder following the death of his wife on Saturday night.

Prominent media and communications academic Dr Adam Brown was arrested on Saturday after his partner died in Croydon North on Saturday night.

Emergency services were called to the Patrick Avenue address around 10.15pm after reports of an assault.

Paramedics treated the 35-year-old woman at the scene, but she succumbed to her injuries and died a short time later. Brown was arrested and charged with murder on Monday.

Brown spoke calmly during a short hearing at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday, twice confirming he could hear proceedings at Melbourne West Detention Centre. Defense attorney Nick Tehan said it was the first time Brown had been detained.

Police prosecutor Tara Dimond has asked magistrate Olivia Trumble for more time than usual for investigators to compile the case file against the academic.

Adam Brown, a lecturer at Deakin University, has been charged with the murder of his wife.

Senior Detective Constable David Martin-Alcaide has asked that the victim’s name not appear in court documents until Sydney’s family has been notified of his death. He said the police had spoken to his family in China.

Brown’s biography on the Deakin University website states that the scholar is “passionate about non-human animal welfare and human rights, his current research and teaching interests primarily focus on digital learning, social media and gamification”.

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