Man extradited from Perth on trial for ‘sex attack’ murder

The Supreme Court of Victoria. Photo: Wikipedia
The Supreme Court of Victoria. Photo: Wikipedia

A WOMAN found dead in her Melbourne home was allegedly killed during a sex attack by a man she knew from her time at a refugee camp, a jury has heard.

Cambodian-born Ranny Yun, 27, suffered severe head injuries and a “gaping wound” to her throat when she was found dead at her Springvale home in October 1987.

A murder trial for alleged killer Meth Mean, who was extradited from Perth in 2017, started in the Supreme Court of Victoria on Thursday.

“The accused murdered the deceased in the course of a sexual assault,” crown prosecutor Nanette Rogers SC told the jury.

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The pair knew each other through Ms Yun’s husband, and were at a Malaysian refugee camp together before both flew to Australia on the same plane, Dr Rogers said.

Mean was extradited from Perth after covertly-obtained DNA evidence linked him to the death of Ms Yun.

She was discovered dead in her sewing room, naked from the waist down, with severe head injuries and wounds to her throat and chin.

Her young cousin and a friend found the body after coming home from school, the court was told.

Two bloody pieces of wood, possibly a broken table leg, were also found hidden under a mattress at the Springvale home, the prosecutor said.

Semen found on the dead woman’s body matched that of Mean.

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However, his lawyer argued Mean was not the killer and that the semen was left at the scene following Ms Yun’s death.

Barrister Anthony Lewis suggested Ms Yun’s husband either killed her or ordered her death.

Mr Lewis said there was also the issue of Mean’s age, as he claims to have been 14 at the time of the killing.

But the prosecution said there was no birth certificate for Mean and witnesses would claim the accused was older, aged between 18 and 20 at the time.

The trial continues before Justice Jane Dixon.