Teen Suspect Charged With Murder of South Korean Woman in Australia

BRISBANE, Australia — Australian police have charged a 19-year-old man with the murder of a young South Korean woman who was found dead in a Brisbane park in the early morning hours on Sunday. 

Local police have identified the murder victim as 22-year-old Ban Eun-ji who arrived in Queensland from Busan, South Korea for work 6-weeks earlier. Police believe Ban was walking to her job as a hotel cleaner in the Brisbane central business district when she was attacked. 

Ban, who attended school at Pukyoung National University, was found by a passer-by at Wickham Park and was reported to have suffered serious head injuries and dragged down a flight of stairs. 

Police have yet to determine the motive for the attack which local news stations describe as the victim being ‘viciously bashed and dragged across the road’ to where her body was dumped in a local park. Police have reported Ban died from severe head injuries and that there was no evidence that she was sexually assaulted or robbed.

The area is known for being popular with homeless people who set up their camps in the park during the evenings. Citizens of Brisbane, which has a reputation for being a ‘safe city’, are experiencing great shock and alarm at the news of Ban’s death.

Ms Ban’s parents have arrived in Brisbane this morning to claim her body – just weeks after bidding farewell to their daughter for an extended stay in Australia.

Queensland Homicide Victims’ Support Group manager Ross Thompson said the family is very distraught.

‘It’s a nightmare, it really is, and it’s one that will never go away.’



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