John Torney: Victoria Police charge 39yo with string of offences after body of Emma Bates found in Cobram home

Caleb Runciman
The Nightly
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John Torney is seen outside a supreme court sitting of Mildura Magistrates Court, in Mildura, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.
John Torney is seen outside a supreme court sitting of Mildura Magistrates Court, in Mildura, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Credit: AH/AAPIMAGE

Victoria Police have charged John Torney with several offences after the body of his neighbour Emma Bates was found inside a home in the State’s north.

Police confirmed on Wednesday night they had charged 39-year-old Torney with intentionally causing injury, recklessly causing injury, common law assault, aggravated assault of a female and unlawful assault.

“He is expected to face an out-of-sessions court hearing tonight, where police will look to remand him to face Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on Friday,” a police spokesperson said.

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It is reported Ms Bates, aged 49, used a mobility scooter and was found in the home with injuries to her body and head.

Police confirmed homicide detectives were investigating the death of Ms Bates on Tuesday afternoon after she was located at an address on Campell Road, in Cobram, about 2.15pm.

It is reported the pair had recently started dating and that they were neighbours.

“Detectives from Cobram CIU will now investigate the matter and are continuing to work to establish the exact circumstances in relation to the woman’s death,” police said.

Torney was found not guilty of killing Mildura toddler Nikki Coslovich after her body was found in the roof of a Victorian home in 2015.

John Torney is seen outside a supreme court sitting of Mildura Magistrates Court, in Mildura, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.
John Torney is seen outside a supreme court sitting of Mildura Magistrates Court, in Mildura, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Credit: David Sickerdick/AAPIMAGE

The death comes days after 28-year-old mother Molly Ticehurst was found dead in her central NSW home.

Anyone with information relating to Ms Bate’s death is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.

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