Australia: Four international students killed in Brisbane in just four months

Posted: April 2, 2014 in Education
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From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Sophie Collombet death: Four international students killed in Brisbane since November. Excerpt:

French exchange student Sophie Collombet is the fourth international student to be killed in Brisbane since November. Ms Collombet’s body was found in a rotunda at Kurilpa Park, near the William Jolly Bridge in central Brisbane, on March 28. Police said she suffered extensive head injuries in what they called a “brutal attack”. Detective Inspector Rod Kemp said the spate of recent killings was a cause for concern.

“For someone to be brutally attacked in this manner, it’s just disgraceful,” he said. “We are a safe society, I believe. But now this is the [fourth] international student [to be killed], and of course it’s a concern to us.” The incident follows the fatal stabbing of a Singaporean student in March and the deaths of two South Korean students late last year. There is no suggestion Ms Collombet’s death is linked to any of the other incidents.

The other recent killings include:

Eunji Ban (South Korea, 22). Murdered 24 November 2013. 19yo man fronts court over Korean woman’s murder in Brisbane’s CBD. Excerpt:

A 19-year-old man has appeared in Brisbane’s Magistrates Court charged with the weekend murder of a young Korean woman in the CBD. The body of Eunji Ban, who police now say was aged 22, was discovered in parklands in Brisbane’s CBD on Sunday morning.

Ms Ban had been in Australia on a youth exchange for just six weeks before her death. Detectives believe she was walking to work as a hotel cleaner in the Brisbane CBD when she was attacked early on Sunday morning. Overnight they arrested Alex Reuben McEwan at his home in the inner-city suburb of Spring Hill. Detectives say CCTV footage and information from the public led to the arrest.

Min Tae Kim (South Korea, 28). Murdered 16 December 2013. Korean man appears in Brisbane court charged with murdering Min Tae Kim. Excerpt:

A man charged with killing a fellow South Korean national has been remanded in custody after appearing in a Brisbane court this morning. The body of Min Tae Kim, 28, was exhumed yesterday from a shallow grave on a vacant block at Algester in Brisbane’s south. He had been missing since Monday. Overnight, fellow South Korean national Sanghyun Hwang, 28, was charged with Mr Kim’s murder.

Meenatchi Narayanan (Singapore, 27). Murdered 25 March 2013. Details:

Singaporean student Meenatchi Narayan, 27, was found stabbed to death in a room at the Travelodge hotel at Upper Mount Gravatt on March 25. A 31-year-old man has been charged with her murder. Narayan was reportedly studying a masters of business at the Queensland University of Technology. According to media reports, Ms Narayan and the 31-year-old man were to enter an arranged marriage.

Four international student deaths in just four months will have a devastating impact on the Brisbane university sector. Around 75,000 international students call Brisbane home and the city prides itself on it’s safe image.

To the lost.


4 Apr 2014: Queensland Police released CCTV footage of Sophie just hours before her body was discovered. Sophie Collombet murder: Brisbane police patrol Kurilpa Park in South Brisbane, find ‘further leads’.


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