The Age

Saturday 14 August 1999

Teen girls charged over stab killing

By BRETT FOLEY, CRIME REPORTER
The Age

A 13-year-old girl, believed to be the youngest person charged with murder in Victoria's history, appeared in the Children's Court yesterday.

She and a 15-year-old girl, believed to be her sister, have both been charged with the vicious stabbing murder of a 47-year-old woman in her Melbourne home.

The girls yesterday sat silently in the Children's Court as they were charged with the murder 10 days ago of Ms Pahetsorine Visisombat, a wealthy woman who had lived alone for about 12 months at her well-appointed, two-storey home in Armstrong Way, Dandenong North.

Ms Visisombat's body was found with numerous stab wounds on the verandah of her home at 1.30am on 4 August.

Police said it appeared she had struggled with her attackers for some time as furniture was overturned in several rooms and there was blood throughout the house.

Witnesses had reported hearing screams coming from the home on the night of the death, and one neighbor saw two people scaling the back fence of the property.

Homicide squad detectives said last week they were looking for two offenders, both of whom may have been injured in the struggle.

It was not known yesterday if police checks of local medical clinics had led to the arrests.

Police said Ms Visisombat held a high-powered consulting position with an accounting firm, believed to be PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Born in Laos, she had no relatives in Australia except for her estranged third husband, who lives in Glen Waverley.

Robbery may have been a motive for the attack but police are finding it hard to determine if anything is missing from the house.

Senior Constable Iain Cross yesterday told the Children's Court the girls would apply for bail in the Supreme Court on Monday. They were remanded to appear in the Children's Court on 2 September.

with AAP

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