A Maltese descendant living in Australia, Leslie Alfred Camilleri, 42, is charged with murdering 13-year-old Prue Bird in February 1992. The Victorian Supreme Court has heard a man accused of killing a Melbourne teenager two decades ago has confessed to the murder, but still disputes the case against him.
Police say Leslie Camilleri was charged today with one count of murder at a Melbourne correctional facility, where he is currently imprisoned for an unrelated crime.
The teenager was last seen in a car near her home in the Melbourne suburb of Glenroy.
ABC News reported that the girl's mother, Jenny Bird, was in court on Tuesday as the prosecution said Camilleri had admitted to killing her daughter, but that his version of events was at odds with police evidence.
Prosecutor Michele Williams, SC, said they anticipate Camilleri, who appeared via video–link, will enter a plea of guilty to murder, but certain allegations may be contested.
Defence lawyer Jacqui Kennedy told the court a lot of the evidence in the brief was inadmissible and her client was not prepared to enter a plea of guilty “as it stands”.
The parties will continue discussions and the matter will return to court in September.
Photo: Mother of teenager, Jenny Bird, holding a photograph of her daughter Prue Bird.