Man faces court over murder of French student Sophie Collombet

A man with no fixed address has faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court, charged with the murder of French exchange student Sophie Collombet.

25-year-old Benjamin James Milward was yesterday questioned by Brisbane detectives in New South Wales, before being extradited to Brisbane.

On Tuesday night he was formally charged.


It is believed police will allege physical evidence links Milward to the murder of the 21-year-old whose body was discovered at Kurilpa Park in Brisbane’s south on March 28.

Today the Courier Mail reported Milward sat in the dock sporting ‘reddish facial hair’ facing away from the public gallery where his mother Diane was seated.

Defence lawyer Michael Bosscher asked for a committal call over date.

Milward refused to make eye contact with Magistrate Ann Thacker when she said “in the meantime you are remanded in custody. Go with the officer, thank you”.

The paper said he did not look back as police lead him into the cells.

Ms Thacker adjourned the case for committal call over on May 19.