The name of Samantha Murphy’s accused killer was made public once the suppression order was lifted

While the search for Samantha Murphy’s body continues, the identify of the son of a former AFL star who is suspected of killing her has been made public. Murphy disappeared five weeks ago after leaving her Ballarat East home, and Patrick Orren Stephenson was charged by police on Thursday with Murphy’s murder at Mount Clear. The 22-year-old is the son of Orren Stephenson, a former player for the Richmond Tigers and Geelong Cats. After opposition from media outlets, a temporary suppression order regarding the identify of the murder suspect was rejected on Friday at Ballarat Magistrates Court. Stephenson resides in Scotsburn, around 16 km away from Ballarat, but his family’s home is at Mt Clear.

 

Growing up, he and his father frequented the clubs in Geelong and Richmond, where he developed a strong interest in football while observing professional players. Stephenson’s attorney claimed during his brief court appearance on Thursday that his client has had poor mental health since his detention and that disclosing his identity could jeopardize his right to a fair trial. He is scheduled to appear before a committal mention on August 8 and was not required to make a plea to the murder accusation on Thursday. Stephenson, who is unrelated to the Murphy family, was taken into custody by detectives from the missing persons squad at around six in the morning on Wednesday, and they subsequently charged him with murder.

 

In relation to the purported murder, police are not searching for any other suspects. Although the news of the arrest devastated the community, according to Ballarat mayor Des Hudson, it also provided some closure. He informed ABC News on Friday morning, “What we heard yesterday is the confirmation that Samantha will never return home to her family.” They will never have a lovely wife or mother to accompany them. He asked people not to speculate and to wait for the probe to conclude. Michael Murphy, Murphy’s husband, voiced his relief on Thursday over the arrest, calling the previous three weeks “s—house” and mentioning how the neighborhood had come together to support his family.

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