Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Killer a 'Deranged Sadist'; Former Ipswich Man Deemed Solely Responsible for Eunji Murder

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Killer a 'Deranged Sadist'; Former Ipswich Man Deemed Solely Responsible for Eunji Murder

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Byline: Alexandria Utting and Vanessa Marsh

ALEX McEwan was a deranged sadist who spent years trying to blame a mental illness for acting on his fantasies and killing Eunji Ban, the first person to cross his path.

After five long years, a Brisbane Supreme Court jury on Thursday finally called his actions on the night he bashed the innocent Korean student to death what they really were -- cold-blooded murder.

After a three-week trial, Justice Roslyn Atkinson sentenced McEwan to life behind bars for the callous killing in Brisbane's CBD on November 24, 2013.

McEwan's lawyers argued throughout the trial the 24-year-old should be convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter, saying he suffered from schizophrenia and did not have the mental capacity to commit murder.

The man had previously faced the Mental Health Court, which found him fit to stand trial.

Justice Atkinson yesterday told the man: "You and you alone are responsible" for Ms Ban's death.

"You picked out someone for no other reason at all... you committed the most horrible crime, a horrific murder," she said.

" ... You knew what you were doing and you knew it was wrong but never-the-less you gave into your sadistic fantasies."

McEwan claimed he was "possessed" by a goat-headed demon named Jazzy who had followed him for years and made him kill Ms Ban.

"It's been troubling me since I was born, really. Thinking really sick thoughts, really feral stuff," he said in a recorded exchange with police.

"And the night of the murder I just woke up randomly and did it.

"It probably sounds like a load of s--- but, um, I was kind of waiting for it my whole life."

When asked what he had been waiting for, his disturbing response was: "To kill someone."

Psychiatrists who treated McEwan following his incarceration told the court he developed schizophrenia after suffering a psychotic episode after his arrest. …

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