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Ipswich teen charged over Brisbane murder

VICTIM: An Ipswich man has been charged with murdering South Korean woman Eunji Ban in a Brisbane park.
VICTIM: An Ipswich man has been charged with murdering South Korean woman Eunji Ban in a Brisbane park. Contributed

UPDATE, 6AM: An Ipswich teenager accused of murdering Korean woman Eunji Ban in a Brisbane CBD park at the weekend has been remanded into custody.

Alex Reuben McEwan, 19, was arrested at his home in the early hours of yesterday, less than 48 hours after a passer-by found Ms Ban's badly beaten body in Wickham Park.

Court documents read out during his brief appearance in Brisbane Magistrates Court stated McEwan was born and raised in Ipswich.

The documents revealed he had only recently moved to the Brisbane suburb of Spring Hill to take up a spray painting apprenticeship.

Ms Ban, 22, had only arrived in Australia six weeks ago on a youth exchange program.

On the morning of her murder, Ms Ban left her Roma Street Parklands apartment to walk the short distance to the Transcontinental Hotel, where she worked as a cleaner, when she was allegedly attacked and killed.

Police believe Ms Ban was attacked on the footpath on Albert St before being dragged up a set of stairs to Wickham Park, where her body was dumped.

She had suffered severe head injuries in what police said was as an unprovoked attack.

At the time of her death, Ms Ban was about 100m from a red panic button installed at various points across the city. She was also out of view of Brisbane's system of 64 CitySafe cameras.

Magistrate Jacqui Payne ordered McEwan be held in custody for further mention on December 16.

Earlier, Ms Ban's distraught parents arrived in Brisbane to collect her body and take it back to South Korea.

In a statement, they requested privacy both in Brisbane and in Korea.

However, the family thanked the media and the public for their assistance during the investigation.

Police had called for public assistance early in the inquiry, when they appealed for witnesses who had seen a shirtless man leaving the park around the time of the attack.

Yesterday mourners paid their respect to Ms Ban by leaving bouquets of flowers on the steps of Wickham Park.

 

TUESDAY, 3PM: A former Ipswich teenager who is accused of murdering Korean woman Eunji Ban in a Brisbane CBD park at the weekend has been remanded into custody until his next court date.

Alex Reuben McEwan, 19, was arrested at his Spring Hill home in the early hours of Tuesday morning, less than 48 hours after a passer-by found Ms Ban's badly beaten body in Wickham Park.

Ms Ban, 22, had only just arrived in Australia six weeks prior on a youth exchange program.

On the morning of her murder, Ms Ban left her Roma Street Parklands apartment to walk the short distance to the Transcontinental Hotel, where she worked as a cleaner, when she was allegedly attacked and killed.

Police believe Ms Ban was attacked on the footpath on Albert St before being dragged up a set of stairs to Wickham Park where her body was dumped.

She had allegedly suffered severe head injuries in what police described as an unprovoked attack.

At the time of her death, Ms Ban was about 100m from a red panic button installed at various points across the city and out of the view of one of Brisbane's 64 CitySafe cameras

Her accused murderer appeared briefly on Tuesday in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Magistrate Jacqui Payne ordered McEwan be held in custody for further mention on December 16.

Earlier, Ms Ban's distraught parents arrived in Brisbane to collect her body and take it back to South Korea.

In a statement they requested privacy both in Brisbane and in Korea and advised they would not speak publicly at any time during their stay.

However, the family thanked the media and the public for their assistance during the investigation.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart led a wave of sympathy for the family on Monday and urged women to take care on the streets.

"I would ask people to take extra precautions, stick to the main thoroughfares, do not go into darkened areas unnecessarily and if possible walk with friends," he said.

A passer-by found the slain woman next to stairs at the southern boundary of Wickham Park. Photo: Marissa Calligeros
A passer-by found the slain woman next to stairs at the southern boundary of Wickham Park. Photo: Marissa Calligeros

 

Police seek shirtless man over CBD bashing death

QUEENSLAND police believe a shirtless man seen in Brisbane's CBD could be linked to the bashing murder of a young woman whose body was found in a city park at the weekend.

The 23-year-old woman from Korea was found dead in Wickham Park early on Sunday morning.

Although police have not confirmed the cause of death it is understood the woman died as a result of significant head injuries.

Police said the woman moved to Queensland six weeks ago as part of a youth exchange program.

They confirmed the woman had not been robbed or sexually assaulted.

Detective Inspector Tom Armitt said on Monday the woman left her apartment near the Roma St Parklands and was on her way to work as a cleaner in the CBD when she was attacked and killed.

"She lived close to the scene of the offence and was working in the CBD," Det. Insp Armitt said.

"It appears she walked through the parklands along Parkland Boulevard towards Albert St.

"Specifically, we are asking anyone who was in the Roma Street Parklands, Wickham Park or on Albert St, Wickham Terrace and Turbot St between 3.30 and 4.30am on Sunday morning to contact police."

Detectives believe a shirtless man, who witnesses place in the area prior to the discovery of the woman's body, may be able to assist with their inquiries and is a person of interest.

Police are asking him, or anybody who may have seen him in the vicinity, to please come forward.

A passer-by located the dead woman on Sunday adjacent to a staircase in Wickham Park, which connects to Albert St, shortly before 4.30am.

The area was placed in lock down for the majority of the day as forensic police scoured sections of the park and nearby streets.

Three large pools of blood located at the scene were also examined.

There was also blood located on the left-hand side of the staircase opposite to where the woman was found.

Detectives returned to the scene on Monday to continue their investigations.

A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out today.

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