Missing woman’s ex-partner charged

Police continue to appeal for information into Maryam Hamka’s disappearance, as a man known to her is charged with unrelated matters.

Police are continuing to search for a Melbourne woman missing for more than a week, after they revealed they had charged her former partner with matters “unrelated” to her disappearance.

Maryam Hamka, 36, was last seen on April 10 and has not used her bank account, phone or social media since. Her family reported her missing on Friday.

On Saturday, Victoria Police arrested a 45-year-old-man, who police believe is Ms Hamka’s former partner, following a search warrant at a home in Brighton.

In a later statement, police said the man had been charged with matters “unrelated” to Maryam’s disappearance and will appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on April 30.

Police confirmed the charges related to an incident in December 2020 where a 36-year-old Brunswick woman was allegedly assaulted.

The Brighton man has been charged with intentionally cause injury, recklessly cause injury, aggravated assault and commit indictable offence whilst on bail.

He was remanded to appear before Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 30 April.

Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said on Saturday there were “significant concerns” for the woman, who left her family home in Brunswick last Saturday afternoon with a bag of clothing.

“We’re aware she was picked up by a male companion – at this stage there’s inquiries being conducted as to who that person was,” he said.

Ms Hamka was last seen at a Woolworths store in Albert St, Brunswick at 5.30pm on Saturday.

She had told family she was intending to visit a friend in Brighton.

Ms Hamka is described as 165cm tall, with a thin build and long black hair, brown eyes and an olive complexion.

She was last seen wearing a black dress.

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