Labourer on two counts of murder

ON THIS DAY – December 7, 1972

A 54 year-old labourer appeared in the City Court today on two charges of murder and four of attempted murder. Mr Enver Yazxhi, of North Fitzroy, was charged with having murdered Diedy Elizabeth Lewis, 7, and Tracey Leanne Lewis, 4, on Tuesday. He was charged also with having attempted to murder Mr Noel Francis Turner 31, tram driver, Dianne Lee Lewis, 27, Serena Jane Turner- three weeks, and Brian Kevin Lewis, 4, of North Fitzroy on the same day. The bodies of Diedy and Tracey Lewis were found in their home after it had been badly damaged by fire on Tuesday. Mr Yazxhi made no plea and was remanded in custody to the City Court on December 7. Mr H. Sali, appearing for Mr Yazxhi, said he could not put any exceptional circumstances before the court to justify bail. “His condition is delicate and if he deteriorates I would ask for the right to have him brought back at any time”, he said. “I understand his specialist, whose care he is under, is at the moment making representations”. Mr Cuthill, SM, remanded Mr Yazxhi on the first charge of murder and adjourned the second charge to the same date. He adjourned the four other charges to a date to be fixed.