Housing commission resident branded a ‘neighbour from hell’ remains prime suspect in murder investigation where woman was found ‘hanging upside down’ in a stairwell
- Woman, 63, found dead in stairwell of South Yarra housing commission complex
- Horrified neighbours came across the grim discovery last month
- Man, 41, was taken away in handcuffs but released by police ‘pending inquiries’
- Woman’s neighbour posted numerous videos of himself arguing with her
- Other videos show him abusing other neighbours in furious outbursts at night
A man suspected of killing his neighbour and hanging her upside down in a stairwell remains in a mental hospital weeks after his arrest.
The body of the 63-year-old woman – believed to be his neighbour ‘Barbara’ – was located in an open air stairwell of their South Yarra housing commission complex on May 15.
The man, referred to as ‘Delusional Dan’, had been paraded before waiting television reporters as he was taken into custody by homicide detectives at the time.
A South Yarra man was arrested after a woman’s body was found in a open air stairwell in Melbourne housing commission complex last month
The South Yarra housing commission complex remained cordoned off by police in May
Residents were left shocked when he was later released ‘pending further investigation’.
Daily Mail Australia has since learnt the man was immediately admitted to hospital over concerns for his mental health.
Worried neighbours had feared the worst when police confirmed the suspect had been released without charge hours after being hauled in over the brutal killing.
A source told Daily Mail Australia while the man had not been formally charged, he remained the only suspect.
‘He’s off the streets,’ the source said.
It is understood detectives plan to interview and charge the man with murder upon him being given the all-clear by doctors.
In a series of videos uploaded by the man, referred to as ‘Daniel’, he was seen accusing his now deceased neighbour of ‘throwing excrement’ on his front door and stealing his mate’s bicycle wheel.
The woman could be heard counter accusing him of stalking her for the full eight years she had lived in the government housing flat.
‘Daniel is absolutely obsessed with me,’ she said on a video posted on the very day she would die.
‘You’re obsessed with me because you have no friends, no life, you’re all inside having your mental delusions.’
The woman could be heard berating the man for being a welfare ‘sponger’ and having an apartment that ‘looks like a tip’.
‘You’re hogging a two bedroom flat – you’re a selfish little ‘pr**k,’ she called the man.
Police were called to the Surrey Road apartment complex shortly before 9pm that night after horrified neighbours reported the grim discovery.
A barefoot man in handcuffs – believed to be the man identified as Daniel in the videoes – was filmed being escorted by two Homicide Squad detectives from the complex shortly after midday.
He denied murdering his neighbour when questioned by waiting reporters and by Sunday evening had been released by detectives.
Police arrest a 41-year old after the alleged murder on Saturday. He denied any wrongdoing
The South Yarra housing commission complex remained cordoned off by police last month
The man had provided a graphic insight into a housing commission building in turmoil via eight videos he posted online.
One video showed two young men charging at the camera threatening to bash him if he filmed them.
Others showed long suffering neighbours begging him to go to sleep as he loudly ranted in the middle of the night about the state of Victoria.
The man identified as Daniel, who appears to originate from Adelaide, claimed to suffer from a disability that confined him at times to a wheelchair.
He also claimed to suffer from some form of visual disability that he claimed should have seen the Victorian Government provide him with a seeing eye dog.
On the day the woman was killed, Daniel accused her of stealing his friend’s bicycle wheel, which she then turned into an art piece for her backyard.
The accusation saw the woman accuse him of faking his blindness and riding his bicycle.
That allegation enraged her neighbour, who is heard furiously ranting at the woman from behind his safety screen door.
‘I can’t ride a bike to save my f**king life Barbara. I’m blind you f**king moron,’ he shouted.
‘Looks like you’re going to having to front the f**king tribunal. Off with your f**king head.’
As the video drew to an end, Daniel screamed for Barbara to ‘leave him alone’ before another neighbour intervened.