November 27, 2013 10:37
Australian police have arrested a teenager in connection with the murder of a young Korean woman in Brisbane. Queensland police arrested 19-year-old Alex Reuben McEwan on Tuesday on charges of killing Ban Eun-ji (22), ABC News reported.
Ban arrived in Brisbane six weeks ago on a work-holiday visa and worked part-time as a hotel cleaner.
McEwan is suspected of killing Ban and dumping her body in a park, where it was discovered by a passer-by. She had sustained heavy injuries to her head and lost a lot of blood, according to police. Police said there were no signs of sexual assault.
Police nabbed the suspect after reviewing CCTV footage and witness accounts. McEwan's home was near the scene of the crime.
According to the Korean Consulate in Sydney, the suspect told police he wished to "kill anyone at random."
Ban's parents arrived in Brisbane on Tuesday afternoon to identify her body and were briefed by local police and Korean consular staff. Queensland's Premier Campbell Newman met them to offer his condolences.
Friends said Ban was the eldest daughter of a poor family and hoped to earn her way while learning English in Australia.
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