Alex McEwan jailed for life for murder of Korean student

Alex McEwan has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering Korean student Eunji Ban.

Ms Ban was walking to work as a hotel cleaner in Brisbane’s CBD around 4am on November 24, 2013 when she was killed.

The court heard the 22-year-old’s brutally beaten body was found in Wickham Park in the early hours of the morning.


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During his trial in Brisbane’s Supreme Court, McEwan admitted to killing the young student, however pleaded not guilty to murder on mental health grounds.

The 25-year-old claimed he was instructed to carry out the random killing by a demon named ‘jazzy’.

However, it took the jury just one day to reach a unanimous guilty verdict.

“You treated that poor young woman with cruelty, degradation and contempt,” Justice Roslyn Atkinson said during sentencing on Thursday morning.

Ms Ban’s family broke down in tears as the verdict was handed down.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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