Melbourne murder investigation: University lecturer charged with the brutal murder of his young wife

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A university lecturer has been charged with the brutal killing of his young wife as detectives scour the couple’s bloodstained home for clues. 

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Adam Brown, a Deakin University lecturer from Croydon North in Melbourne, has been accused of murdering his wife Chen Cheng, 35, on Saturday night. 

The 40-year-old was charged by homicide detectives on Monday afternoon after it was reported a man was assisting police with their enquiries. 

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He briefly appeared in court via video-link on Monday where his lawyer revealed his client had never been in custody before. 

Adam Brown, a Deakin University lecturer from Croydon North in Melbourne, has been accused of murdering his wife Chen Cheng, 35, inside their home. Pictured is the couple.

Adam Brown, a Deakin University lecturer from Croydon North in Melbourne, has been accused of murdering his wife Chen Cheng, 35, inside their home. Pictured is the couple.

The 40-year-old lecturer (pictured) was charged by homicide detectives on Monday afternoon after it was reported a man was assisting police with their enquiries

The 40-year-old lecturer (pictured) was charged by homicide detectives on Monday afternoon after it was reported a man was assisting police with their enquiries

Emergency services were called to a Patrick Avenue address, in the city’s northeast, at about 10.15pm on Saturday night. 

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Police responded to initial reports of an assault following a disagreement. 

It’s understood authorities were met with an ‘extremely graphic’ scene with specialist cleaners seen arriving at the home on Monday, the Herald Sun reports. 

Bags of blood-stained evidence were removed from the two-storey townhouse as homicide squad detectives combed the property for clues. 

Bags of children’s toys were also taken from the scene. 

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A neighbour reportedly gave the mother-of-two CPR for 15 minutes before paramedics arrived but was unable to revive her. 

Ms Cheng (pictured) married Dr Brown in China in 2017 with the couple believed to share two young children

Ms Cheng (pictured) married Dr Brown in China in 2017 with the couple believed to share two young children

Emergency services were called to the couple's Patrick Avenue address, in the city's northeast, at about 10.15pm on Saturday night following reports of an assault

Emergency services were called to the couple’s Patrick Avenue address, in the city’s northeast, at about 10.15pm on Saturday night following reports of an assault

Bags of blood-stained evidence were removed from the two-storey townhouse on Monday (pictured is the couple's wedding)

Bags of blood-stained evidence were removed from the two-storey townhouse on Monday (pictured is the couple’s wedding)

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A neighbour reportedly gave the young mother (pictured) CPR for 15 minutes before paramedics arrived but was ultimately unable to revive her

A neighbour reportedly gave the young mother (pictured) CPR for 15 minutes before paramedics arrived but was ultimately unable to revive her

‘Paramedics worked on a woman found with critical injuries,’ a police spokesperson said on Sunday. 

A local told the Herald Sun she believed the man in custody to be ‘nice and normal’ and described the family as ‘quiet’. 

Neighbours previously recalled hearing a woman scream, with one saying they had mistaken the commotion for animals having a fight.

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Daniel Woodrow who lives nearby said he was shocked to stumble across the police presence on the normally quiet street during his morning walk.

‘I got woken up last night, I got out of bed — I actually thought it might’ve been a cat trying to kill a possum, there was a human element to it,’ he said.

It's understood authorities were met with an 'extremely graphic' scene with specialist cleaners seen arriving at the home on Monday. Picture is police at the scene.

It’s understood authorities were met with an ‘extremely graphic’ scene with specialist cleaners seen arriving at the home on Monday. Picture is police at the scene.

Shellshocked neighbours have described the family as 'quiet' and Dr Brown (pictured with Ms Cheng) as 'nice and normal'

Shellshocked neighbours have described the family as ‘quiet’ and Dr Brown (pictured with Ms Cheng) as ‘nice and normal’

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According to the Deakin University website, Dr Brown (pictured) is a senior lecturer from the Faculty of Arts and Education

According to the Deakin University website, Dr Brown (pictured) is a senior lecturer from the Faculty of Arts and Education

According to the Deakin University website, Dr Brown is a senior lecturer from the Faculty of Arts and Education.

The educator graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in 2005 and has a doctorate in Philosophy.  

The lecturer married Ms Cheng in China in 2017, with the couple believed to have had two young children together. 

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In chilling video he shared Twitter less than two weeks before his wife’s death, he records the couple on an amusement park ride called ‘The Slingshot’. 

The lecturer is heard asking his giggling wife if she feels out of her comfort zone who simply replies: ‘This is nice’. 

The lecturer (pictured at his wedding to Ms Cheng) is an avid social media user and was reportedly online and uploading content to Twitter in the hours before his wife's death

The lecturer (pictured at his wedding to Ms Cheng) is an avid social media user and was reportedly online and uploading content to Twitter in the hours before his wife’s death

'Paramedics worked on a woman found with critical injuries,' a police spokesperson said on Sunday. Pictured is Chen Cheng.

‘Paramedics worked on a woman found with critical injuries,’ a police spokesperson said on Sunday. Pictured is Chen Cheng.

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On International Woman's Day in March last year, Brown (pictured) posted a gushing tribute to his 'strong, creative and hilarious' wife to Instagram

On International Woman’s Day in March last year, Brown (pictured) posted a gushing tribute to his ‘strong, creative and hilarious’ wife to Instagram

On International Woman’s Day last March, Dr Brown posted a gushing tribute to his ‘strong, creative and hilarious’ wife on Instagram.

He said Ms Cheng made him ‘laugh every day’ while keeping him sane and ensuring he was ‘on time with everything’. 

The lecturer is an avid social media user and was reportedly online and uploading content to Twitter in the hours before his wife’s death. 

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Meanwhile, flowers have been laid outside the North Croydon home, which has been cordoned off from the public as investigations continue.

No application for bail was made during Dr Brown’s brief court appearance on Monday, which heard Ms Cheng’s family had been notified of her death. 

The magistrate has asked prosecutors to present a brief of evidence by August with the accused to remain in custody to return to court in September.

In chilling video the lecturer shared to Twitter just two weeks before his wife's death, the couple are pictured on an amusement park ride called 'The Slingshot'

In chilling video the lecturer shared to Twitter just two weeks before his wife’s death, the couple are pictured on an amusement park ride called ‘The Slingshot’

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