Man charged with murder after teen drowns in bathtub

A MAN has been charged with the murder of a teenager who was found drowned in a bathtub at a home in Sydney’s west five years ago.

Steven Copo-Horton was discovered unconscious in the bath at a house in Emerton about 1am on Sunday 28 October 2013.

NSW Ambulance paramedics performed CPR on the 18-year-old, however sadly he could not be revived and was pronounced deceased.


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An investigation into Mr Copo-Horton’s death has been ongoing ever since, and on Tuesday, detectives from the Homicide Squad’s Unsolved Homicide Unit arrested a 44-year-old man in Merrylands.

He was taken to the local police station where he was charged with murder.

Posted by NSW Police Force on Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Officers also executed a search warrant at the man’s home, where they seized mobile phones, a laptop, a small quantity of prohibited drugs and two prohibited weapons.

Police will allege in court that the man deliberately drowned the teenager in the bathtub that night.

In a statement, the family of Mr Copo-Horton said it had been a long and difficult five years since his death.

“Stevie was so full of life; always happy and full of hugs and kisses,” the family said.

“Stevie touched the lives of so many people just by being him.”

The 44-year-old man is due to appear at Parramatta Local Court today.

Police say investigations under Strike Force Motox are continuing.

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