4 Jul 2019

New Zealander arrested in Melbourne in relation to fatal stabbing

2:47 pm on 4 July 2019

A 27-year-old New Zealand man has been arrested by Victoria police in relation to a fatal stabbing last month.

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Melbourne Magistrates' Court. Photo: CC-BY-SA-4.0 / Canley

Alex Manuel has been charged with murder and is appearing in Melbourne Magistrates' Court today.

Ricky Thompson, 44, was killed after being stabbed on 18 June in a Chelsea Heights car park outside a licensed premise, following a verbal argument.

Police have been looking for Mr Manuel ever since and warned members of the public that they could be committing a serious offence by not disclosing his whereabouts.

Mr Manuel was found at a rural property in Toora, about two hours south of where the offence happened.

A male and a female, who were also at the property where Mr Manuel was arrested, are assisting investigators with inquiries.