Woman charged with killing 87-year-old Kon Kritikos in brutal attack

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A woman has been charged over the brutal murder of 87-year-old Kon Kritikos.

Danielle Lee Birchall appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday, just hours after she was arrested over Mr Kritikos’ horrific bashing death. The 45-year-old from Kurunjang is charged with one count of murder.

No details of the circumstances of her alleged offending, or if she knew Mr Kritikos were aired in court for the brief hearing.

Her arrest came after detectives revealed in February they were searching for a female suspect.

Mr Kritikos was allegedly set upon in his Reynard St, Coburg home on November 11 last year.

He died in hospital 13 days later.

Police said he was attacked while he was alone and vulnerable.

His sick wife was in hospital at the time and detectives suspected this was known by his alleged killer.

Following the alleged attack, Mr Kritikos lay dying and helpless in his home for up to eight hours.

Detective Inspector Tim Day, of the homicide squad, described his killing as an “incredibly violent attack on one of the most vulnerable members of our community”.

Ms Birchall was remanded in custody to reappear in court in July.

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