Teenager charged over murder of Melbourne female artist


By SJA Jafri

MELBOURNE: A 17-year-old boy has been charged over the murder of 43-year-old mother-of-two Antonia Tatchell, who was found dead in her Melbourne home last month.

The teenager was charged with one count of murder and is due to appear at a children’s court at a later date.

Ms Tatchell’s 17-year-old son was believed to have found his mother’s body in the bathtub inside her Brunswick home, in the city’s inner-north, about 7am January 11.

Detectives launched and investigation into the award winning artist’s death, and were initially treating it as suspicious.

Ms Tatchell was a talented painter and photographer who attended Preshil – Melbourne’s Independent Alternative School.

She also studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and won the Clayton Utz Award in 2011.

Ms Tatchell’s neighbour Maree said she spoke to the distraught teenager just moments after he learnt of his mother’s sudden death.

‘He told me: ‘I found mum dead in the bath’,’ she told the Herald Sun at the time.

‘He was in shock. It’s awful. I hope it was an accident.’

Fellow neighbour Durgesh Bhattarai said he would often see Ms Tatchell come and go from her house, but she would always keep to herself.

‘Sometimes I would hear loud music coming from the house late at night but nothing that would indicate anything was wrong,’ he told The Age .

‘It’s left us feeling really concerned and worried just to think that something like this can happen right next door to you.’

A former friend of Ms Tatchell described her as a ‘source of interesting, joyful stuff’.

‘She was a very funny, well-liked person, with lots of friends. In different communities too, not just the art community,’ Nick Meeny said.


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