Read the text messages a Sydney nursing student sent to her ex-boyfriend just weeks before he allegedly stabbed her to death in a jealous rage
- Brazilian nursing student Daiane Pelegrini stabbed to death in Sydney in 2020
- Ex-boyfriend David Tran faces trial for alleged murder in NSW Supreme Court
- Texts read aloud with show Tran desperate to rekindle relationship
A Brazilian nursing student reportedly killed in a jealous attack sent her ex-boyfriend a message saying that “you don’t understand it’s over” days before he allegedly stabbed her to death.
David Tran is on trial in Sydney for the murder of his former lover Daiane Pelegrini, 33, in 2020.
Text messages read to the NSW Supreme Court show Tran became desperate to rekindle the relationship after it fell apart, Crown Prosecutor Rossi Kotsis said Monday.
Police allege that Daiane Pelegrini (pictured), 33, was stabbed to death at her home in Oatlands in Sydney’s northwest.
Text messages read to the NSW Supreme Court show alleged murderer David Tran became desperate to rekindle the relationship after it fell apart, Crown Prosecutor Rossi Kotsis said
After allegedly breaking into her home in Oatlands and discovering her with another man, Tran confirmed his fear of infidelity and became jealous, fatally stabbing the student.
Tran is also charged with assaulting Ms. Pelegrini’s new partner with a knife in the same incident, and unlawfully entering the victim’s home with intent to stalk or intimidate.
Texts exchanged between the pair leading up to her death show them arguing over whether she’s his “girlfriend,” and Tran making unannounced visits to her house.
On one occasion, he secretly followed Mrs Pelegrini to a holiday she was taking in Bundeena in southern Sydney and the pair then had an argument over him showing up unannounced.
In June, two months before her death, the mother-of-one also started dating another man after meeting him on a dating app.
Texts show that she appears to be communicating with both Tran and the new man without either of them knowing about each other, Kotsis told the court.
David Tran is on trial in Sydney for the murder of his former lover Daiane Pelegrini, 33, in 2020
That same month, Tran texted Ms. Pelegrini asking if she was “his girlfriend.”
Ms. Pelegrini, who studied nursing and also worked at a massage parlor, asked him not to press her on the subject.
In another text message on June 5, she texted him, “Don’t call me anymore. Rounded.’
He sent her another message apologizing for arriving at her home unannounced.
A little over a week later, Tran texted Ms Pelegrini again to tell her he was near her house.
“Sorry to take a break David,” she replied. ‘A month please. I don’t want a boyfriend.’
“So honey, what am I to you now?” he answered.
Daiane Pelegrini who moved to Sydney to study nursing is pictured with her daughter
Four days before her death, Ms Pelegrini had blocked Tran’s number and reportedly discovered that he was trying to access her Gmail account.
“You don’t understand it’s over,” she said to him in a message.
‘You really have a problem. No is no and over is over.’
On August 3, Ms Pelegrini and her partner were at her home in Oatlands when Tran reportedly entered the house and attacked the couple.
Tran’s attorney Nicole Carroll said the defense would not dispute many of the facts alleged by the prosecution, but that her client was mentally ill when he killed Ms Pelegrini.
“Unfortunately, a young woman has died,” said Mrs. Carroll.
“Mr. Tran is absolutely responsible for her death.
“(But) the anger, the despair, the state of anger at the accused was irrational.”
The trial continues on Tuesday.
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