Man charged over French student’s murder

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Benjamin James Milward has been formally charged with murder, deprivation of liberty, rape and robbery.


The charges were laid shortly after Benjamin James Milward arrived in Brisbane after being extradited there following his arrest in Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales mid-north coast.

“Yeah, yeah, you got me,” were the words a man accused of killing French student Sophie Collombet allegedly said when approached by police.

The 25-year-old was walking along a main road in Coffs Harbour on Monday when he was stopped by police.

“Are you Ben?” he was asked.

“Yeah, yeah, you got me,” he said, according to court documents.

“Was it the internet?”

Milward, who was captured on CCTV near the park where Ms Collombet was killed.

The 21-year-old Griffith University business student was on her way home after a night class when she was attacked on March 27.

Her naked and battered body was found the following day by an early morning jogger at Kurilpa Park, at the edge of Brisbane’s busy South Bank precinct.

Milward’s mother, Diane, on Tuesday visited the rotunda where Ms Collombet’s body was found to pay 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.

“I’m still in denial I think just hoping for some glimmer of hope that it’s all a big mistake.

“Were going to stand by him, he is still my son.”

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.

“I certainly feel safer that he’s not on the streets anymore.”

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