A cryptocurrency dealer, who has a child with social media influencer Gracie Piscopo, has been charged with murdering his mother in Perth more than two years ago.
Andre Zachary Rebelo, 26, has been charged with murdering Colleen Rebelo after police were called to her home on Preston Point Rd in Bicton just after 2.30pm on May 25, 2020.
Mr Rebelo, from North Coogee, was taken into custody on Tuesday, then faced Fremantle Magistrates Court later that day.
He was remanded in custody to face Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on December 21.
Mr Rebelo shares a young son with Ms Piscopo, a model with more than one million followers on Instagram and 32 million views on her YouTube channel.
Detective Sergeant Clinton Bragg would not confirm Ms Rebelo’s cause of death when questioned by reporters on Wednesday, but said the charges against her son marked the end of a “two-year investigation”.
“The investigation was a complex investigation,” he said.
“It’s taken two years to get it to this point and it’s just an example of how we will not stop until we thoroughly investigate to bring these things to a conclusion.
“I’d like to praise the investigative team who were diligent and refused to stop in their efforts to bring this investigation to where we are today.”
Asked who reported Ms Rebelo’s death, he said it was “reported by a family member, but I won’t go into that”.
There are reports Mr Rebelo was the one to make the triple-zero call.
Court documents show Mr Rebelo has also been charged with five counts of forging a document with intent to defraud.
He has pleaded not guilty to those charges and is due to stand trial in the WA District Court in December next year.
The detective refused to go into “specifics” with those charges.
“There were lots of avenues of inquiries, there were some dishonesty inquires but that’s as far as I’ll go,” he said.
It is understood the fraud charges are linked to the murder investigationand happened after his mother’s death.
In her death notice at the time, Ms Rebelo was described as a “devoted and loving mother of Julian, Andre, Monique and Fabian”.
“Due to current circumstances a private funeral will be held,” the notice read.
Ms Piscopo has modelled for Khloe Kardashian’s brand Good American.
Mr Rebelo previously featured regularly on Ms Piscopo’s social media, along with their son.
But he has not appeared in her posts for some time.
According to an online biography for Ms Piscopo from around 2019, Mr Rebelo was “into cryptocurrency trading” and at the time was her manager.
“He takes care of her finances and the behind-the-scene work on her videos,” the biography read.
“She and her partner grew up in the same neighbourhood but went to separate schools.
“They initially got to know each other through her ex-boyfriend, and later after they both joined Instagram, she sent him direct messages.
“They recently celebrated their fifth anniversary in October 2019.
“They already have a baby boy together, named Romeo, who was born on February 2019.”
In a video posted on Ms Piscopo’s YouTube account four years ago, she discussed their relationship.
“We don’t have anything we hide from each other,” she said.
“We’re both very honest and open.”
There is no suggestion Ms Piscopo has any involvement in Ms Rebelo’s death.