Eunji Ban murder case suspended over mental health concern

FORMER Ipswich teen Alex Reuben McEwan who is accused of murdering South Korean woman Eunji Ban last month has had his case suspended due to mental health concerns.

McEwan was charged with murder after Ms Ban's badly beaten body was found in a Brisbane CBD park on November 24.

His solicitor told Brisbane Magistrates Court today that McEwan was being held in the Park Centre for Mental Health at Wacol in Brisbane.

Laura Rouse told the court proceedings against McEwan had been suspended under the Mental Health Act.

"Once the Director of Mental Health has determined the matter fully he will advise the court of his decision," she said.

Two people who had never met Ms Ban turned up to show their support during the brief hearing.

Mitchell Meade said he was working with the Korean community to have Wickham Park, where Ms Ban's body was found, renamed in her memory.

"We just want to make sure everyone knows that we deeply care about this matter and we are going to be sticking with her through to the end," he said.

"It is very important not just to remember her, but to get the message across that violence against women is unacceptable."

Another supporter, Nehdi Sotoudeh, said he had never met Ms Ban, but was shocked at her brutal murder and had been in contact with her family.

"The family is really demanding justice for her," he said.

"I never met her, but the story really shocked me and I kind of felt responsibility as a human being just to come here and support her."

The case was adjourned until March 6.

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