A WAGGA man accused of killing a Filipina woman one week before she was reportedly set to fly home has fronted court for the first time.
Rian Ross Toyer, 32, appeared in Wagga Local Court on Wednesday charged with one count of manslaughter.
Mr Toyer has not yet pleaded to the charge. He is accused of killing Rowell Polan Bruno, who is also known by the first name Mhelody, by choking her, court documents state.
The 25-year-old, a transgender woman from the Philippines, was found unresponsive inside a unit on Tarcutta Street on September 21.
Paramedics conducted CPR and stabilised Ms Bruno before taking her to Wagga Base Hospital.
Despite the efforts of hospital staff, she died the next day.
On Wednesday, court registrar Paul Fernon ordered police prosecutors to serve evidence to Mr Toyer and his solicitor before January 15 when the matter will come before the court again.
Mr Toyer continues to be on bail and declined to comment outside the court.
Shortly after Ms Bruno's death, her sister-in-law, Janet Bruno, said the death left their family devastated and that they were working to bring her body back.
Ms Bruno's brother, Leonel Bruno, told Philippines-based website Rappler that she was their de-facto breadwinner.
"We hope she is given justice," he said.
Last month, Wagga community members held a vigil to honour Ms Bruno's memory.
A rally outside of the Philippine Consulate in Sydney was also held. A consulate spokesperson said the remains of Ms Bruno were repatriated on October 15 and arrived in Manila.
"The Philippine government extended appropriate assistance to the family of Ms Bruno, including costs of repatriation," the spokesperson said.
"The consulate maintains communications with the police authorities and the family of Ms Bruno with respect to the investigation of the case."