A 25-year-old man is expected to face Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with raping and murdering French student Sophie Louise Collombet.
An itinerant man extradited to Queensland following his arrest in northern NSW will face a Brisbane court accused of the bashing murder and rape of French student Sophie Louise Collombet.
The 21-year-old Griffith University business student was on her way home after a night class when attacked in south Brisbane on March 27.
Her battered and naked body was found at Kurilpa Park, at the edge of the city’s busy South Bank precinct, the following morning by a jogger.
Benjamin James Milward was arrested by NSW police near a Coffs Harbour shopping centre shortly before 3pm (AEST) on Monday afternoon.
Brisbane homicide detectives were dispatched that evening, and an application for Milward’s extradition to Queensland was approved by Coffs Harbour Local Court Magistrate Robert Walker on Tuesday morning.
Queensland Police said on Tuesday evening the 25-year-old had been charged with murder, rape, deprivation of liberty and robbery and would appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Milward’s mother, Diane, on Tuesday visited the rotunda where Ms Collombet’s body was found to pay her respects and lay flowers.
“I am heartbroken,” she told News Corp Australia.
“We are all so sorry and sad and it shouldn’t happen to anybody – and a beautiful girl like Sophie; she’s just gorgeous, it’s just wrong.”
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart had earlier called Ms Collombet’s father Guy Collombet to inform him of Milward’s arrest.
“I spent some time on the phone with him. He was very dignified and grateful for the information,” he told reporters.
A vigil in honour of Ms Collombet will be held in Brisbane’s city centre on Thursday night to mark the two-week anniversary of her death.
Griffith University’s Women’s Association is helping organise the event.
“It was something important to organise to stand together to mourn her life and stand up against violence against women,” spokeswoman Stephanie Kameric told AAP.