‘Horrendous screams’ heard as young woman killed at party

HOMICIDE detectives are investigating the suspected bashing death of a 19-year-old woman in the heart of Melbourne.

The young woman died following an altercation on the 56th floor of the EQ Tower on A’Beckett St, in the city’s CBD early on Saturday morning.

It’s understood the woman was assaulted and critically injured during a confrontation between two groups of young people inside the apartment.


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Police and paramedics were called to the high-rise shortly after 5am but the young woman could not be saved.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, police said a group of young people were partying in the short-stay apartment, which they had rented, when a second group turned up.

Commander Hansen could not say exactly how the 19-year-old died, only revealing she had been assaulted.

“A 19-year-old Pakenham female was assaulted and a number of persons have left that party,” he said.

“Due to the infancy of the investigation I’m not in a position to talk in detail about the circumstances of the incident.”

Commander Hansen described the two groups involved in the incident as being “African-Australian”.

He told reporters 12 people were assisting detectives with their investigation on Saturday morning.

Speaking to the Sunday Herald Sun on the condition that she remain anonymous, one neighbour said she heard “horrendous screaming” which lasted “about 20 minutes”.

“You couldn’t hear anything but this horrendous screaming…the girl’s scream was incredibly loud … just screeching,” the woman said.

But the woman told the publication she never phoned police because it wasn’t unusual to hear screams and shouting coming from the building. Read more here.

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