Kenyan-born semi-professional basketballer has been arrested in Australia for the murder of his girlfriend.

Chudier Thowath Pal, 29, was arrested in Perth after the body of his 30-year-old girlfriend, Stephanie Lee Robinson, was found in a burning house which the two shared.

The body was discovered by firefighters who were responding to a fire incident on Saturday morning. The deceased was a mother of five.

According to WAtoday, a city-wide manhunt was launched for the basketballer and a few minutes past two on the same day, an investigating officer noted in a memo that Mr. Pal was rambling about having “a neutron star for a father”.

While appearing in court on Sunday morning, Perth court ordered the suspect to spend seven days at a mental health facility to be further assessed.

On Monday, the court ordered Thowath be taken to Graylands Hospital’s high-security mental facility, Frankland Centre, for further mental health assessment.

An aunt and mother of the victim described her as “gentle and non-violent and that she was a beautiful individual.”

The death comes after the deceased on November 2, 2020, posted on Facebook that she was in a “complicated relationship”.

Pal grew up in Kenya before moving to Western Australia where he played in NBL1 teams including the Rockingham Flames and the Mandurah Magic.