Detective Senior Constable David Martin-Alcaide asked for the victim’s name to be withheld from court documents until family in Sydney had been notified of her death. He said police had spoken to family in China.
Neighbours told Nine News that they heard what sounded like an altercation coming from the family home on Saturday night before the arrival of emergency services.
Brown and his partner shared two young children together. Details about the alleged murder were not aired in court. Brown was not eligible for bail.
Brown’s biography on Deakin University’s website says the academic is “passionate about non-human animal welfare and human rights, his current research and teaching interests focus primarily on digital learning, social media and gamification”.
He also lists his areas of research as social media, gaming, digital learning, holocaust representation and transmedia storytelling. He is very active on social media, regularly posts blogs on his website and has tweeted almost 20,000 times.
Brown recently posted a blog entry about a visit to Torquay he made with his partner.
He has been remanded and will next face court in September.
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