8 Mar 2005

Former Nauru Olympian committed to trial over murder in Australia

10:20 am on 8 March 2005

A former Olympic weightlifter from Nauru has been committed to trial over the murder of a prostitute.

The Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday committed Quincy Detenamo for trial over the murder of Grace Ilardi.

Detenamo, who's 26 and from the Buada district of Nauru, reserved his plea, made no application for bail and was remanded to appear in the Victorian Supreme Court on the seventh of June.

Detenamo was arrested at Melbourne Airport in August last year after he voluntarily returned from Nauru.

The body of Ms Ilardi, 39, was found in a lane in Elwood in Melbourne's inner south on the seventeenth of July last year.

Detenamo became one of the first three people to represent Nauru at the Olympic Games when he competed at Atlanta in 1996.

His uncle, Vinson Detenamo, is a member of Nauru's parliament and the president of the Nauru Olympic Committee.