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Man Pleads GUILTY To Murdering Victorian 11-Year-Old Girl

A man has admitted murdering Zoe Buttigieg, the 11-year-old girl who was found dead in her Wangaratta home.

Bowe Maddigan, 30, has pleaded guilty to one charge of murder and one of committing an indecent act with a child under the age of 16, in Melbourne’s Supreme Court on Friday.

Zoe was found dead in her bed by her mother in the Inchbold Street home on the morning of October 25 last year, just hours after a party at the house had finished.

Maddigan had attended the party and had been smoking cannabis with Zoe’s mother, Janelle Saunders, in the hours before the girl’s death.

He was found by police walking barefoot along the Hume Freeway about 6.30am on October 25, appearing dazed and unsteady on his feet.

Following this, he was arrested and admitted to a psychiatric ward as a patient, where police observed him switching between laughter and tears.

He pleaded not guilty at the end of a committal hearing this year.

Maddigan has been remanded in custody and will face a pre-sentence hearing on November 11.

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