This weavel “Allegedly”killed his mum for reasons unknown to anyone so far…The one and only suspect has been caught,What a little snivelling dog this bloke was…Tragic for the family although I am certain they have found the answers they needed quickly.
Stephen Bailey, 34, was arrested after his mother Penny Bailey went missing from their Mont Albert home on Wednesday.
He was charged with murder this afternoon.
It comes as Carlton great Stephen Kernahan says the club is in shock over the death of Ms Bailey, who is the daughter of former Blues footballer Laurie Kerr.
Kernahan’s tribute came as it emerged Stephen Bailey was a best-and-fairest winner at VFL club Box Hill Hawks and a prominent player in the SANFL.
A body believed to be that of Ms Bailey was found in bushland near Mullum Mullum Creek in Donvale about 7.10pm yesterday, 24 hours after police investigating the Mont Albert mother’s suspicious disappearance arrested her son.
“The body has not been formally identified but is believed to be that of missing woman Penny Bailey,” Acting Sergeant Julie-Anne Newman said last night.
Ms Bailey was one of nine children born to the renowned footballer and PR guru and his wife, Vivienne.
Laurie Kerr played for Carlton in the 1950s and was named as an emergency in Carlton’s Team of the Century.
Stephen Bailey was an onballer who played reserve grade football for Carlton in 2002.
He was playing at Donvale when he was called up to play reserve grade football for the Blues.
Bailey then headed back to play with Donvale and two years later played in the VFL with the Box Hill Hawks.
He won Box Hill Hawks’ senior best-and-fairest in 2004 under the coaching of Andy Collins.
He later crossed to the SANFL and became a prominent player for Norwood.
Kernahan said he was shocked and saddened at the news of Ms Bailey’s death.
“Our heart goes out to them,” he said.
Kernahan said he was feeling for the entire Kerr and Bailey families, especially Ms Bailey’s mother.
“Vivienne’s a matriach of the football club, she’s the No.1 ticket holder. We know all the family well,” he said.
Mr Bailey, who was arrested in Smithfield Rd, Flemington, on Wednesday night in relation to his mother’s disappearance, played 54 games with Norwood from 2005 to 2007.
Norwood Football Club president Paul Di Iulio said he was surprised when he heard the former Redlegs players had been arrested.
“I was shocked, I’m shocked at anything like that,” he said. “It’s not good news to hear.”
When asked if Mr Bailey was quiet, Mr Di Iulio said: “That’s my understanding. People I have spoken to say he kept to himself.”
Mr Di Iulio said Mr Bailey had ben a handy player at Norwood.
“He seemed like a reasonable bloke,” he said. “He played in the midfield and on the half back.”
Mr Di Iulio said Mr Bailey left Norwood to play at West Adelaide Football Club, also in the SANFL.
But he said he had departed on good terms and had left for other “football opportunities”. He said Bailey had not returned to the club since.
Ms Bailey’s body was found in bushland near the bed of the Mullum Mullum creek — just metres from a car park in Reynolds Rd.
A crime scene was established near Reynolds Rd just east of Springvale Rd after forensic specialists from the Crime Scene Unit reached the scene last night.
State Emergency Service crews set up flood lights as forensic crews scoured bushland near the creek.
The dumping ground could be clearly seen from a walking track across the small creek.
A local woman who walked past the crime scene on her way home said she was shocked by the discovery.
Local Amy Stephens said the discovery was “terrifying”.
“I am so shocked because this is such a good area,” she said.
“It is so close (to home) and such a nice area that you just don’t expect it to happen.”
She said children and families often used the area and nearby a reserve and sporting oval.
“There are often Scouts teams near here and sausage sizzles — it’s very close to everything,” Ms said.
“This is one-in-a-million — nothing like this happens.”
Mr Bailey remains in hospital.
Mrs Bailey was last seen at the Mont Albert home she shares with her son about 9pm on Sunday.
Detectives seized a black four-wheel-drive Volkswagen Tiguan from the property, which they loaded on to a flat bed trailer and have taken it away for forensic examination.
Police launched an investigation after the woman was reported missing by family on Tuesday night amid a disturbance at her house.
Her son was seen leaving the townhouse on a bicycle about 11.45am on Tuesday.
Det Insp Mick Hughes said the alarm was raised after a disturbance had been discovered at the Strabane Ave home.
“There is concern from what we witnessed at that scene,” he said.
A crime scene was established at the house.
Police also have seized two wheelie bins from the nature strip, while a mobile phone was taken into evidence.
Detectives inspected clothing and gloves from inside the bin.
Earlier, Ms Bailey’s siblings and children had forced entry into the townhouse after unsuccessful attempts were made to contact her.
Neighbours woke to find their street filled with police.
They said they hadn’t heard any disturbance from the townhouse over the weekend.
After his football career ended, Laurie Kerr pursued a career in journalism and built the public relations empire IPR.
Kerr studied at St Kevin’s College in Toorak, where four generations of his family would later go on to study.
Kerr died on December 28, 2001. He was 72.