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French woman latest foreign student murdered in Brisbane

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-04-03

A 21-year-old French woman has become the fourth international student to be murdered in four months in the Australian city of Brisbane, police said on Wednesday.

Police named the victim as Sophie Collombet, who had been studying at the city’s Griffith University since February last year.

Her battered and naked body was found in a park near her apartment after what police called "a particularly aggressive attack" in the early hours of Friday morning.

"We believe the cause of death is a brain injury from blunt trauma,” Detective Inspector Rod Kemp told reporters. No one has been arrested.

Collombet’s killing follows the murder of Singaporean Meena Narayanan in the city last week.

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, Min Tae Kim, 28, was discovered in a shallow grave in a backyard

There is no suggestion any of the deaths are linked, but Kemp said the spate of killings was concerning.

"We are a safe society, I believe. But now this is the (fourth) international student (to be killed), and of course it's a concern to us."

In all, 30 people were murdered in Brisbane last year.

Queensland state Premier Campbell Newman insisted visitors from overseas had nothing to fear.

"I believe it is safe not only for international students, but for Brisbane students," he said. "Thankfully they found offenders in those other situations."

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

 

Date created : 2014-04-02

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