Alleged Rosewater double murderer appears in court

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A supporter of the man accused of murdering two people over the weekend wept as the man appeared in court for the first time since the heinous alleged crime.

The homeless man, whose name and image have been suppressed, sat silently at Port Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday, charged with the murder of Steve Tozer, 55, and Antoinette Tozer, 76, in the Adelaide suburb of Rosewater in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The man’s supporter yelled out “love you brother” as he was led away.

The police asked magistrate Mark Semmens to suppress the man’s name and image for 14 days as Major Crime detectives continue to canvas witnesses.

The police prosecutor argued that revealing the man’s identity could compromise witness evidence and Mr Semmens granted the request.

The suppression order remains in place for 14 days and will then lapse without a second request.

The court was told the man would not apply for bail and Mr Semmens remanded him in custody until his next committal hearing at Adelaide Magistrates Court in May.

In addition to the alleged murders, the man has also been charged with assaulting an emergency worker.

It’s understood the alleged assault took place after the alleged murders.

The police allege the man murdered Mr Tozer and Ms Tozer in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The man, 43, has no fixed address but was allegedly living across the road from the alleged victims in a housing trust property.

Relatives of Mr Tozer and Ms Tozer discovered their bodies on Saturday and police were called to the home about 1.20pm.

“The 76-year-old woman and 55-year-old man had sustained significant injuries,” police said on Saturday.

“Western District CIB along with Major Crime detectives and forensic response attended the scene.

“Detectives subsequently arrested a 43-year-old man.”

Police said the incident was not random and no other suspects were being sought at this time.