A notorious killer is believed to have been found dead in his Melbourne prison cell, less than a year after being sentenced for his crimes including the savage murder of a woman.
It is understood Scott Alan Murdoch, 43, was discovered dead at Melbourne Assessment Prison about 6am on Monday.
Victoria Police and Corrections Victoria declined to comment on the identity of the prisoner, but confirmed a death at the maximum-security facility.
“The exact circumstances related to the death are yet to be determined,” a Victoria Police spokesman said.
His death will be investigated by both the coroner and homicide squad, as is standard procedure with all deaths in custody.
“The matter has been referred to the coroner, who will formally determine the cause of death,” a Department of Justice and Community Service spokeswoman said.
Murdoch admitted to stabbing mother-of-three Kylie Blackwood in a “ferocious” murder and leaving elderly widow Ilona Prohaska seriously injured in 2013.
He was sentenced to life behind bars in May 2020, but was due to be eligible for parole after serving 36 years.
Ms Blackwood was home alone in Pakenham when Murdoch snuck inside and stabbed her more than a dozen times in her head, neck and chest in August 2013. He stole her bank card and cash from her purse.
Ms Blackwood’s twin daughters discovered their mum’s body on the couch after she failed to pick them up from school.
In sentencing, Victorian Supreme Court Justice Jane Dixon described Ms Blackwood’s murder as savage and said her daughters were left irrevocably scarred.
Three months before the killing, Murdoch attacked Ms Prohaska at her Endeavour Hills home.
He rang the doorbell and kicked it open when the 73-year-old came to the door, knocking the widow to the ground and pulling off her medical alarm.
Murdoch forced his victim to get cash and demanded she give him the pin to her cards, threatening to kill her if the code was wrong.
He took the frail woman to a basement and stabbed her in the neck. Despite severe injuries, Ms Prohaska was able to crawl to her alarm and get help.