Celeste Manno murder: Mobile phone found by victim's Melbourne home

A mobile phone has been discovered near the home of a slain call centre worker that could prove crucial to prosecuting her accused killer.

Celeste Manno, 23, was allegedly stabbed to death by an intruder at her family's house in Mernda in Melbourne's north at 4.10am on Monday. 

Her work colleague Luay Sako, 35, drove himself to a police station on Monday morning and was on Thursday charged with murder. 

Celeste Manno (pictured), 23, was allegedly stabbed to death by an intruder at her family's house in Mernda in Melbourne's north at 4.10am on Monday

Celeste Manno (pictured), 23, was allegedly stabbed to death by an intruder at her family's house in Mernda in Melbourne's north at 4.10am on Monday

Work colleague Luay Sako (pictured), 35, drove himself to a police station on Monday morning and was charged with murder over Ms Manno's death on Thursday

Work colleague Luay Sako (pictured), 35, drove himself to a police station on Monday morning and was charged with murder over Ms Manno's death on Thursday

Police received a tip Ms Manno's alleged killer dumped a mobile phone after she was killed, according to The Herald Sun.  

SES volunteers under the guidance of homicide squad detectives searched for the phone between Ms Manno's home and Mernda Police Station on Friday morning. 

They were filmed discovering an iPhone at the intersection of Bridge Inn Road and Breadalbane Avenue in Mernda, which is just 1km from Ms Manno's home.  

A detective placed the smartphone in an evidence bag and took it back to the police station for further examination, where it could provide valuable information. 

The iPhone discovery comes after Sako was charged with one count of murder on Thursday night. 

He allegedly smashed through Ms Manno's window before repeatedly stabbing her with a knife and fleeing over a fence that was left stained with blood on Monday. 

SES volunteers under the guidance of homicide squad detectives discovered an iPhone at the intersection (pictured) of Bridge Inn Road and Breadalbane Avenue in Mernda  which is just 1km from Ms Manno's home

SES volunteers under the guidance of homicide squad detectives discovered an iPhone at the intersection (pictured) of Bridge Inn Road and Breadalbane Avenue in Mernda  which is just 1km from Ms Manno's home

Police received a tip that Ms Manno's alleged killer dumped a mobile phone after she was killed. The phone could provide valuable information about Ms Manno's alleged murder

Police received a tip that Ms Manno's alleged killer dumped a mobile phone after she was killed. The phone could provide valuable information about Ms Manno's alleged murder

The 35-year-old drove himself to a police station hours after Ms Manno's death and was taken to hospital under police guard and treated for a hand injury.  

Sako was scheduled to appear via videolink in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday night.

However, legal proceedings continued without his presence due to 'technical difficulties'. 

His lawyer Sam Norton from Stary Norton Halphen, noted it's the first time his client has ever been in custody. 

Police

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