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Teen accused murdering foreign student has matter mentioned

Eunji Ban was found dead in a Brisbane park in November 2013.
Eunji Ban was found dead in a Brisbane park in November 2013.

THE former Ipswich teen charged with the brutal murder of a South Korean student that sent shockwaves across the state has had his matter mentioned briefly in Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Alex Reuben McEwan, 21, is accused of murdering Eunji Ban, 22, during the early hours of November 24, 2013 in Brisbane's Wickham Park.

Ms Ban, who was walking to work, had only arrived in Australia from her hometown of Busan, South Korea on a youth exchange program six weeks before her murder.

The Queensland Mental Health Court ruled last month McEwan was temporarily unfit to stand trial but of sound mind when the alleged murder took place.

The ruling means McEwan was placed on a forensic order and will stand trial once he is medically fit to do so.

McEwan's fitness to stand trial will be assessed up to four times over the next year and then every six months after that for a period of seven years.

If he is continually found to be unfit for trial after seven years, the charges may be withdrawn, but that does not mean the forensic order is discontinued.

McEwan remains locked up at The Park Centre for Mental Health, a high-security facility near the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre at Wacol, where he is receiving ongoing treatment.

The case will be back before the courts again on November 5.

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