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The allegations of another suspect in the murder of Melbourne’s mother, Judy Bednar, are just a preposterous attempt to muddy the waters, prosecutors have argued.

Ms Bednar’s son Thomas is on trial for her murder, but the 54-year-old says he was framed.

Police discovered Ms Bednar’s naked body on the bedroom floor of her Chelsea home in May 2021.

Prosecutor Mark Rochford KC said his murder and significant, fatal injuries had all the hallmarks of rabies.

“Somebody had animosity towards her and took out their rage. It was him,” he said, referring to Bednar.

“That’s where all the evidence points in this case, that’s what all the evidence points to in this case.”

Clothing belonging to Bednar and found in his home bore his mother’s DNA, jurors at the Supreme Court of Victoria heard.

A palm print belonging to Bednar was found on his dresser, despite emergency orders preventing him from going there, he said.

There was also a large body of evidence that Bednar disliked his mother for much of his life.

Mr Rochford said Bednar blamed his mother for reporting him to mental health authorities. He spent time in hospital as an involuntary patient in the year before Ms Bednar was murdered.

“That’s, we’re telling you, the motive here. That’s what drove him to attack her, express that rage and kill her,” he said during his closing argument on Thursday.

Bednar’s attorney, John Desmond, pointed the finger at family friend Danny Cohen, declaring his client’s innocence.

But Mr Rochford accused Mr Desmond of simply trying to cover his tracks.

He suggested that if Mr. Cohen had argued with Bednar, he could have gone and killed him.

“Why is killing his mother going to bother (Bednar) in any way? It’s ridiculous, it’s absurd.”

Mr Desmond described the murder investigation as haphazard and flawed in his closing speech.

He acknowledged evidence found at Bednar’s home included bloodied shoes, a bloodied glove and a torch, but claimed these were left there in an attempt to entrap him.

“Bednar got rid of Jack…(it’s) all there for anyone to get him back. Is it the action of a guilty man who would leave it all?” He asked.

“The only relevant alternate suspect who has never been searched is Cohen.”

Mr Cohen, who appeared as a witness at trial, denied killing Ms Bednar and setting up her son.

But Mr Desmond said his credibility was in dispute and his evidence needed careful scrutiny.

“We say it would be dangerous to accept Danny Cohen’s testimony.”

The trial continues.

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