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Australia 'I just saw her and did it': Man pleads not guilty to woman's murder

08:33  06 august  2018
08:33  06 august  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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South Korean woman Eunji Ban.© AAP Image/Obtained from Eunji Ban's Facebook South Korean woman Eunji Ban.

It was a callous and random attack that shocked Brisbane and today the man accused of carrying out the crime pleaded not guilty.

Alex Reuben McEwan is on trial for murdering hotel cleaner Eunji Ban as she walked to work in November 2013.

McEwan today pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

His defence told the jury McEwan suffered from schizophrenia and that he was not mentally well enough to be fully responsible for the 22-year-old's murder.

"McEwan suffers from severe mental illness ... schizophrenia ... it leads to paranoia ... sometimes violent behaviour," barrister John Allen QC said.

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But the prosecution told the jury it was simply murder.

"He told friends he had gone out looking to kill someone ... 'I just saw her and did it'," prosecutor David Meredith told court.

A framed photo of 22 year-old woman South Korean Eunji Ban is placed amongst flowers and tributes near the scene of her murder in Brisbane.© AAP Image/Dan Peled A framed photo of 22 year-old woman South Korean Eunji Ban is placed amongst flowers and tributes near the scene of her murder in Brisbane. Ms Ban had only arrived in Brisbane from Korea six weeks before she was attacked.

She was bashed before she was dragged up a flight of stairs and left for dead in Wickham park. She suffered significant facial injuries and died from asphyxiation.

Ms Ban’s parents and family members today travelled from Korea to hear the proceedings.

The court heard today just minutes after he allegedly carried out the killing, McEwan called a number of friends and confessed to what he had done, saying, “I killed someone ... I just saw her and did it ... I woke up feeling like killing someone”.

Two of McEwan's friends reported the phone calls to Crime Stoppers the following day.

A group of 38 witnesses including psychiatrists, McEwan's parents and his friends are likely to be called to give evidence during the trial.

It’s expected to run for three weeks.

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