Sunshine stab victim Fiona Warzywoda reported partner's threat before death, court told

A WOMAN allegedly murdered by her partner reported she was threatened when they were in court hours earlier in relation to an intervention order.

Fiona Joy Warzywoda was stabbed to death in a shopping strip in Sunshine in April, minutes after leaving her solicitor's office. 

Passers-by performed CPR but could not save the 33-year-old Melton West woman.

Bendigo-born Ms Warzywoda and her partner of 18 years, Craig McDermott, 38, were in Sunshine Magistrates Court earlier in the day regarding a family violence intervention order.

Mr McDermott, who handed himself into police the next day and has been charged with murder, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court for a committal mention on Thursday.

Two Sunshine Magistrates Court staff members are expected to give evidence that Ms Warzywoda told them she was threatened on the day she died.

Magistrate Suzanne Cameron granted Mr McDermott's lawyers leave to cross-examine the two witnesses.

Mr McDermott disputes that Ms Warzywoda was threatened, the court heard.

Twenty-six witnesses will give evidence at Mr McDermott's committal hearing on December 1, including protective services officers who were also at Sunshine Magistrates Court.


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