MURDER CHARGE: Cobram man in custody over stabbing death

A MAN charged with the murder of Hayden Atkinson-Thring at Cobram was remanded in custody yesterday to face a further court appearance this week.

Raad Kamil Ajil, 27, of Cobram, was charged with murder on Saturday and faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court early yesterday.

Ajil was remanded in custody to appear at the same court on Thursday and did not apply for bail.

Atkinson-Thring, 20, was stabbed during a fight last Thursday night at a petrol station on the corner of the Murray Valley Highway and Station Street.

Witnesses said he had collapsed on the Station Street roadside and attempts to revive him had failed. 

Police said Ajil handed himself into the Broadmeadows police station at 10am on Friday and another man, 18, was arrested in Shepparton hours later and released without charge.

Homicide squad Det Sen-Sgt Shane O’Connell said yesterday investigators were not seeking to charge anyone else in relation to the death.

Mr Atkinson-Thring had returned to his Cobram hometown from Wollongong shortly before Christmas with girlfriend Kelli Berdini to save money to travel Australia.

The former Cobram Secondary College student was a promising junior footballer who won a best and fairest medal with the Yarroweyah Football Club.

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