A Melbourne woman who was allegedly murdered by her son had told police she did not feel safe around him.

Thomas Bednar was arrested and charged yesterday after the discovery of 78-year-old Judy Bednar’s body inside her Chelsea home about 10.30am.

Homicide Squad detectives arrested the 53-year-old man near his home, which was in close proximity to his mother’s house.

CCTV shows a man leaving the home of Ms Bednar days before her body was found. (Supplied)
A man has been charged with one count of murder following the death of a 78-year-old woman in Melbourne’s south-east. (Supplied)

CCTV from Ms Bednar’s home has revealed tense conversations between the mother and son.

“Hello Judy, I would like to know why you lied last year to say I was crazy,” Mr Bedner said in a video of one of their last altercations.

“She slams the door in my face and walks away.”

Mr Bednar is an only child and previously worked as a taxi driver and published a book.

A diagnosed schizophrenic, he lived alone, 750 metres from his mother.

Ms Bednar’s neighbours have expressed their sadness at the loss of the Holocaust survivor.

“She was a nice lady,” family friend Ilana Cohen told 9News.

“My heart breaks for what happened to her, that’s terrible.”

A man has been charged with one count of murder following the death of a 78-year-old woman in Melbourne’s south-east. (Supplied)

9News has confirmed Ms Bednar had asked police for protection a week before her death.

She’d shared vision captured on her CCTV over concerns for her safety.

Her son refused to face a magistrate in an after hours court hearing last night.

Mr Bednar has never been in custody before and will return to court in October.



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