MICHAEL Cardamone has pleaded guilty to the murder of Whorouly woman Karen Chetcuti.
He entered the guilty plea this morning at a directions hearing in the Supreme Court of Melbourne before Justice Lex Lasry.
He also entered a guilty plea to a charge of incitement to commit murder.
Cardamone, 50, had previously pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and was scheduled to stand trial in Wangaratta on July 31.
Justice Lasry has this morning set down a plea hearing in the Wangaratta Supreme Court for August 21, with Cardamone to be sentenced on August 25.
The crown’s case against Cardamone, as laid out during his committal hearing in Wangaratta in March this year, put that he had driven to Ms Chetcuti’s Whorouly property, which adjoined the small farm where he lived, on the night of January 12, 2016.
The court heard that in the 70 minutes after 9.20pm on that day Cardamone assaulted, incapacitated and tranquilised the 49 year old mother of two, binding her by the wrists and ankles using cable ties, duct tape and rope.
He at some time afterwards murdered his victim and devised what Victorian crown prosecutor Gavin Silbert QC said was an elaborate charade in an attempt to construct an “innocent disappearance”.
The crown put that Cardamone in the early hours of January 14 had taken and destroyed Ms Chetcuti’s Citroen sedan on Halls Road above Myrtleford by dousing it with petrol and setting it alight.
Ms Chetcuti’s remains – which the crown said showed distressing injuries – were found near Croppers Creek track west of Lake Buffalo on January 18.
See further story in Monday’s Wangaratta Chronicle
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