A man murdered a Melbourne couple by repeatedly stabbing them after an argument over a debt for plaster work he had done at their home, a court has heard.
Police found a 54-year-old man and 35-year-old woman dead in their Moonee Ponds home on Sunday evening.
Their three children, aged between two and five years old, were found in another room uninjured.
Mustafa Kunduraci, 44, of Meadow Heights has been charged with the couple’s murder and appeared at an out of sessions court hearing early on Tuesday.
A Turkish interpreter assisted him in the hearing.
Homicide squad Detective Senior Sergeant Stuart Bailey told the court Kunduraci rang police on Sunday about 11.30pm (AEDT) and told them he had been stabbed while at the Moonee Ponds home to collect an outstanding debt.
When police arrived Kunduraci was in the driveway of the home and police found a man and woman dead inside with what appeared to be multiple stab wounds, Det Snr Sgt Bailey said.
A post-mortem examination found the deceased man suffered 18 stab wounds and his partner was stabbed nine times, the court was told.
Kunduraci, a plasterer, allegedly told police he attended the Moonee Ponds home in a last effort to obtain money for plaster work at the Darling Street property where there had been a dispute about the quality of the workmanship.
“He engaged in a discussion with the deceased (male), the female deceased attended and an argument escalated to a physical confrontation,” Snr Sgt Bailey said.
Police found a knife at the property, which they believe is the murder weapon. They also found a bag containing assorted cable ties, duct tape, a bottle believed to contain petrol and a plastic imitation handgun, the court heard.
Kunduraci, who had a bandage on his right hand, received 18 stitches on the same hand when police took him to hospital.
Kunduraci was refused bail and will appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday.