January 3, 2018
Kensington, Melbourne, Victoria
The body of Sarah Gatt (40) is found in a bathtub months after her death
Gatt’s body was found by police who were in the area on for an unrelated reason. The officers smelled a foul odor and investigated, whereupon they discovered the decomposing remains.
It is estimated Gatt died between April 19 and 24, 2017. At this point in time, it has not been revealed how she was killed, though it has been determined Gatt did not die of accidental or natural causes.
Between the time she was killed and her body found, Gatt’s body and her death were kept secret. During this time, Gatt’s partner Andrew Baker continued to fraudulently collect her disability benefits. Baker was formally charged with the theft of benefits and Gatt’s murder in December 2019.
Baker’s defense primarily hinges on mental instability with his defense attorney, Vanessa Parbhoo, stating Baker had been withdrawing from heroin at the time of Gatt’s death, has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and depression for which he is taking medication, and was at risk of suicide and other self-harming acts.
Baker is currently on remand.
Sarah Gatt as a teenager
January 3, 2021: Updated Baker’s trial status
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