Kenyan man based in Perth, Australia is in police custody following the mysterious death of his girlfriend.
The 29-year-old identified as Chudier Thowath Pal was arrested on Saturday after the burnt body of his 30-year-old girlfriend, Stephanie Lee Robinson, was discovered in their house.
According to several media reports, the body was found by firefighters who were attending to a fire in the apartment.
WAtoday reveals that police manhunt and investigations launched on the same day were successful after the authorities managed to arrest the suspect.
According to the findings by an investigating officer, Pal who is a semi-professional basketballer rambled about having “a neutron star for a father”.
On Sunday the court ordered the suspect to spend seven days at a mental health facility to be further assessed.
Upon medical examination doctors further revealed that the basketballer was showing signs of psychosis but did not seek to make a diagnosis.
Speaking to 7NEWS, two close family members of the victim described her as “gentle and non-violent and that she was a beautiful individual.”
Before her demise, the victim was a mother of 5 and according to a statement issued by the family, the children were not in the house during the unfortunate incident.
In one of her previous social media post that has raised concerns, Ms. Robinson described her relationship as complicated with a male friend telling her that she deserves better.
According to a social media user believed to be a neighbor, the couple was spotted walking together the day before, “laughing happily” before entering the flat.
Before he relocated to Western Australia where he played in NBL1 teams including the Rockingham Flames and the Mandurah Magic, Pal was born and grew up in Kenya.
He is known to have played college basketball in the US with the University of North Carolina Asheville Bulldogs for a couple of years and later signed up as a training player with the Perth Wildcats after returning to Australia from the US in 2016.