|Australian charged with raping and killing young French woman in Brisbane
A young Australian man appeared in a Brisbane court today charged with the rape and murder of 21-year-old French student Sophie Collombet, reports said.
Collombet's naked body was found in a rotunda at a park near her apartment in South Brisbane on March 28. Police said the business student had been beaten to death.
“A 25-year-old man has been charged with one count each of murder, rape, deprivation of liberty and robbery,'' Queensland Police said in a statement.
The ABC said the man, appeared briefly at Brisbane Magistrates Court after being picked up by police in Coffs Harbour in neighboring New South Wales state.
He was remanded in custody and is due to face court again in May.
Collombet is the fourth foreign student to be murdered in Brisbane in almost as many months.
The exchange student's killing follows the stabbing to death of Singaporean Meena Narayanan in March.
Just months before, South Korean student Eunji Ban, 23, was found battered to death in a Brisbane park and weeks later the body of another South Korean, 28-year-old Min Tae Kim, was discovered in a shallow grave in a backyard.
There is no suggestion the deaths are linked.—AFP