Man faces court over rape and murder of 11y.o. girl

Man faces court over rape and murder of 11y.o. girl

A Victorian man has appeared in Wangaratta Magistrates Court, charged with the murder of 11-year-old girl Zoe Buttigeig.

29-year-old Bowe Madigan from Mildura has been charged after the discovery of the girl’s body in her home on Sunday.

Neighbours had reported a loud scream at about 11am on Sunday, before police and paramedics arrived at the scene.

His charges include murder, sexual penetration of a child under 16, and indecent assault.

He will be remanded in custody until February.

The girl’s family has today thanked police and the local community for their support.

“Zoe’s family would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Wangaratta Police, the homicide squad and paramedics who attended the scene,” the family said in a statement.

“Their continuing support during this terrible time in our lives has just been extraordinary.”

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