University professor pleads guilty to murdering wife

A former Deakin University lecturer cried as he pleaded guilty to the murder of his wife at their home in north-east Melbourne.

Emergency services were called around 10.15pm on April 30 to reports of an attack on a house in Croydon North.

Chen Cheng, 35, was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.

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Her husband, 40, was arrested in May and charged with murder.

He appeared Monday via video link from Melbourne Magistrates Court jail.

Deakin University lecturer Adam Brown has been charged with the murder of his wife Chen Cheng.
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Ambulance services at the crime scene in Croydon North. Recognition: 7NEWS

Judge Rohan Lawrence said he was satisfied there was enough evidence to bring Brown to the Supreme Court and asked how he would base the murder charge.

Dressed in a suit, Brown cried as he entered his request.

“Blame, Your Honor,” he told the court.

He will next appear for a hearing before the Supreme Court on September 30.

Deakin University held a candlelight vigil to commemorate Cheng and all victims of domestic violence after Brown was indicted earlier this year.

The university encouraged staff and students to seek support and suspended relevant courses for a period of time.

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT at 1800.737.732 or visit us an emergency, call 000.

Counseling and counseling for men concerned about their use of domestic violence: Referral service for men1300 766 491.

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