A 35-year-old woman has been charged with the murder of a lonely widower in his Kew East home in September 2005. The 69-year-old man, Elia Abdelmessih, was left lying in a pool of blood in his loungeroom in Elm Grove almost 11 years ago. At the time, police believed Mr Abdelmessih, who had lived alone in the two years since his wife’s death, had been bashed over the head repeatedly with a blunt object. They described it as a savage attack on a defenceless old man.

On Monday, Homicide Squad detectives arrested and charged a South Australian woman with his murder.

The woman will soon face a South Australian court, where police will make an application to have her extradited to Victoria.
Mr Abdelmessih was a retired postal worker. In 2006, his god-daughter, Susan, said his life had revolved around caring for his wife, Rita, who lived in a nursing home until her death in 2004.
“While his wife was alive he used to befriend anyone but since his wife died . . . he used the supermarket or McDonald’s just to interact with people,” said Susan, who cooked and cleaned for her godfather.
“We thought it was good so he could make friends but we didn’t know that it would probably end up leading to his death.”