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Arrest warrant issued for body in bath victim’s former partner

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Thursday was the second time that Mr Baker had failed to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court in just a matter of weeks after snubbing an earlier court appearance in July.

Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions prosecutor Alexandra Smith said she believed Mr Baker was currently  homeless.

“I do seek a warrant,” she said.

In a bizarre set to circumstances in court on Thursday, Mr Baker’s case was initially delayed after another man of the same name, with an almost identical birthdate, found himself listed to appear in the same court room.

After initially being mistaken for the Andrew Baker being prosecuted by the Department of Human Services the man, who was facing non-related criminal damage and family violence charges, was swiftly moved to a different courtroom

Clearly frustrated by the mistake, he swore at court staff before taking a break outside for a cigarette.

Sarah Gatt, pictured here in a recent photo, had a long battle with addiction, but dreamed of becoming a counsellor.

Sarah Gatt, pictured here in a recent photo, had a long battle with addiction, but dreamed of becoming a counsellor. Credit:Facebook.

Ms Gatt, a mother of four and former modelling student, had lived in her Kensington home for about eight years before her death.

It’s understood her children did not live with her and she was no longer in contact with most of her family.

At the time of the discovery of her body, police said they believed one person was responsible for her death .

The court had previously heard the allegations against Mr Baker, 52, were, in effect, “social security fraud” allegations.

Detectives are seen at the Kensington house where a woman's body was found in a bathtub in Melbourne in January 2018.

Detectives are seen at the Kensington house where a woman’s body was found in a bathtub in Melbourne in January 2018.Credit:Luis Ascui

The two Commonwealth charges allege that Mr Barker obtained Ms Gatt’s disability support pension and carer allowance payments for nine months between May 2017 and February 2018.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a visit crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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