Teenager charged over death of Springvale mother of five

A teenager has been charged over her alleged role in the death of mother-of-five Angela Huata, whose body was found inside a property in Melbourne’s south-east last month.

Homicide squad detectives arrested an 18-year-old woman on Tuesday and later charged her with being an accessory to a serious indictable offence.

Homicide detectives have charged another person over the death of a Springvale mother.Credit:Nine News

The teenager is the second person to be charged in relation to Ms Huata’s death.

Tia Minhinnick, 20, was arrested in the Melbourne CBD and charged with one count of murder on February 14.

Police said in a statement released on Tuesday night that the three were known to each other and officers were not looking for anyone else over the incident.

Emergency services were called to a property on Glendale Road in Springvale about 12.10pm on February 10 following reports a woman had been found dead.

Court documents show police allege Mr Minhinnick murdered 41-year-old Ms Huata sometime between February 9 and 10.

Neighbours said they did not know Ms Huata, and it was believed she might have been living in the neighbourhood for only a few months.

The teenager has been released on bail and will appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on April 4.

Mr Minhinnick appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on February 15, where it was revealed he was at risk of self-harm, had psychiatric issues and was vulnerable behind bars due to his age and appearance.

Magistrate Cecily Hollingworth ordered the matter return to court on June 7.

With Erin Pearson

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