Thornlie man found guilty of 1987 murder

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MORE than 30 years after Ranny Yun was found dead, her throat slashed in her Melbourne home, a man has been found guilty of the murder.

Thornlie man Meth Mean was extradited from Perth to Melbourne in 2017 after covertly obtained DNA evidence linked him to the death of Ms Yun.

He was found guilty by a Supreme Court jury of killing the 27-year-old woman, found dead at her Springvale house in October 1987.

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

Ms Yun had fled the genocidal regime in Cambodia and was home alone on the afternoon she was killed.

A young relative found her dead in her sewing room, naked from the waist down, with severe head injuries and wounds to her throat and chin.

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

The age of Mean was a key issue in the case with the defence arguing he was only 14 at the time of the crime.

However the prosecution said he was in fact older, aged between 18 and 20, and that was supported by witnesses as there was no birth certificate.

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

Mean is due to be sentenced at a later date and his matter will be mentioned next on May 29.

– AAP