Melbourne woman killed while on Skype call with her brother

Maud Steenbeck
Maud Steenbeck Photo credit: Facebook

A Melbourne woman is dead after being attacked in her home while on a Skype call with her brother.

Maud Steenbeck was killed on Tuesday when 28-year-old Xochil O'Neil allegedly broke into her home in Heidelberg West.

The 61-year-old was talking to her brother via video call when he noticed a strange figure in the room behind her, reports Nine News.

The call suddenly cut out, and Steenbeck's brother raised the alarm with her son who rushed to the house and found O'Neil still inside.  

Upon finding O'Neil, Steenbeck's son beat him so badly the alleged killer was taken to hospital in critical condition, reports The Age.

O'Neil is now in a serious condition, and still in hospital under police guard. While he and Steenbeck lived near each other, it is not thought they knew each other.

Steenbeck is survived by her two sons, and extended family in the Netherlands, who are flying to Australia to be with her sons.

She is remembered as an "inspiring and loving" mother.