Man accused of murderding French student mentioned in court

AN Ipswich man who is accused of brutally murdering a French student who was walking home after attending a late university lecture has had his matter briefly mentioned in court.

Benjamin Milward, 25, was not present on Monday in the Brisbane Magistrates Court as the prosecution asked for a further two weeks to collect the last remaining materials that are central to the case.

A prosecutor told the court all that was outstanding was a scientific officer's statement along with the hard copies of both the crime scene and autopsy pictures.

He said he expected to receive the pictures by mid-week at the latest.

Milward is accused of murdering French student Sophie Collombet, 21, in an unprovoked attack on March 27 sometime around 9pm as she walked through Kurilpa Park near the William Jolly Bridge in Brisbane.

Her naked body was discovered just before dawn the following morning.

It is understood Ms Collombet was bashed to death.

Her murder sparked a large-scale manhunt which resulted in Milward being captured near Coffs Harbour in New South Wales before being extradited back to Queensland.

Ms Collomet's murder sparked community outrage and anger with thousands of people gathering in King George Square the week following her death to hold a candlelit vigil in memory of the slain student.

Magistrate Linda Bradford-Morgan listed the matter for mention again in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 8. - APN Newsdesk


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