Australia abductor: Daniel Lau charged with kidnapping and manslaughter

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Daniel Lau went missing from his home in Melbourne’s west last month An American man accused of abducting a four-year-old girl from her home in Melbourne has been…

Australia abductor: Daniel Lau charged with kidnapping and manslaughter

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Daniel Lau went missing from his home in Melbourne’s west last month

An American man accused of abducting a four-year-old girl from her home in Melbourne has been charged with kidnapping and manslaughter.

Daniel Lau, 30, was extradited to Australia on Friday after he allegedly took Bridie Anne Hocking from her home in Melbourne’s west last month.

He was arrested on Wednesday in Texas in the US.

He did not apply for bail, with the court saying he posed a risk to the community.

Image copyright AAP Image caption Daniel Lau was arrested at a Dallas motel

The South Gippsland Magistrates Court heard that Bridie died of “homicide by violence in the state of Victoria”.

Bridie’s body has not been found and formal identification has yet to take place.

Mr Lau, from Illinois, had been on the run after Bridie was reported missing at 20:00 local time on 18 October.

He was reported to police two days later after being tracked by a travel companion who described him as “not all there”.

When he was arrested in Dallas on Wednesday, he told police he drove to Australia by car, an escape vehicle and three bicycles.

He said he thought he was going to San Francisco, but decided to go to Sydney instead.

Meanwhile, police officers in New South Wales say an investigation into a burglary last month has led to another disappearance.

On 17 October, three men, two of whom were wanted by police in relation to the NSW incident, allegedly stole a luxury motorbike from a home in Sydney’s north and rode off.

But on Tuesday, a woman in the home of Reuben Stansfield, 25, told police that he had not been seen since the theft.

Mr Stansfield has been the subject of a public appeal and police say he is “person of interest”.

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