A man accused of killing a Melbourne mum is withdrawing from potent drugs including Xanax, a court has heard.
Ricardo Barbaro has been charged with once count of murder over the death of Melbourne mum Ellie Price.
Dressed in a grey jumper and with a cut near his left eye Barbaro was mostly silent during the hearing in front of magistrate John Lesser on Saturday. The 33-year-old only spoke when questioned on whether he was withdrawing from any drugs, by Mr Lesser.
He nodded yes before he said: “Valiums and Xanax”.
Barbaro, from Southport in Queensland, was asked whether he needed a nurse.
“Yeah I’m seeing a doctor,” he told the magistrate.
The young mum was found dead in her South Melbourne home on May 4. It’s alleged the murder happened between April 29 and May 4, court documents show.
The 26-year-old woman’s body was in her apartment for days before it was discovered.
Barbaro was extradited from NSW after he was charged with Ms Price’s murder on May 14.
He was arrested at a Sydney apartment.
Barbaro’s lawyer Campbell MacCallum dialled into the hearing from Queensland.
There was no application for bail made.
Barbaro’s next court date is in September.