Alex Reuben McEwan faced a Brisbane court charged with the murder of Eunji Ban as tributes flowed for the slain young woman from South Korea.
Wearing an oversized prison shirt and shielding his face from reporters, Alex Reuben McEwan sat in a Brisbane court dock accused of murdering a young Korean woman.
Slender with short brown hair, McEwan looked like a typical 19-year-old – except he is charged with killing 22-year-old Eunji Ban.
Tributes are flowing for Ms Ban, who had been in Australia for only six weeks when she was brutally attacked on her way to work.
Keen to improve her English, she had enrolled with a language college in Brisbane and secured part-time cleaning work at a hotel.
Her murder has shocked English Unlimited Brisbane, which on Tuesday paid tribute to its young student on Facebook.
“Eunji was kind, motivated and a beautiful person. She had friends from all over the world and was just full of life,” the post read.
“Eunji will be missed by all who knew her.”
The young woman’s battered body was found next to the stairs at the southern boundary of Wickham Park, off Albert Street, about 4.30am (AEST) on Sunday.
Floral and other tributes have been left at the site.
A Filipino woman, who did not want to be named, cried as she placed white roses on the steps.
“I come from another country and it would’ve been hard for her. She didn’t know anyone,” she sobbed.
“Then she was killed. It’s awful.”
A note attached to a bunch of white and peach gerberas read: “We are sorry you lost your beautiful daughter in our country.
“As parents ourselves we can only imagine your grief.”
Ms Ban’s mother and father are too upset to talk about her death and have asked the media to respect their privacy.
As they were due to arrive in Brisbane, McEwan sat quietly in court as he faced the murder charge.
The hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court lasted only minutes before the case was adjourned to December 16.
Magistrate Jacqui Payne ordered McEwan, of Spring Hill in inner-city Brisbane, be remanded in custody.
She also granted police a forensic order to enable DNA testing.