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Chinese student charged with girlfriend’s murder arrested after 7 months in coma

24 January 2021  

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SYDNEY: A Chinese student Weijie He, 21, has been nabbed in Australia the day he came back to consciousness after seven months-long coma.

According to reports in Australian media, Weijie has been arrested in charge of the murder of his girlfriend.

Weijie went into a coma after he fell from the fourth-floor balcony of his apartment in Sydney’s south.

Interestingly, police had been told that he fell several stories though it was not clear whether his fall was accidental or intentional.

After the fall, Weijie had sustained head injuries and was held in a coma for treatment whereas his girlfriend Liqun Pan lay dead in their apartment.

Liqun was found dead at their residence the following day.

“Witnesses told us he fell from the fourth floor of a common area, so it was either misadventure or a suicide attempt,” Detective Inspector Alison said in June adding, “He is very lucky to be alive. Most people would have not survived.”

After spending nearly seven months in an induced coma, Weijie woke to detectives by his bedside at St George Hospital on Wednesday.

Detectives think Liqun was badly beaten to death in June last year and charged Weijie with her murder.

Originally from China, the pair had been in a relationship for two years and were both studying in Australia on student visas.

Pan had been studying at an English language school on Elizabeth Street in Sydney’s CBD.

The ABC understands Pan spoke to her parents on the communication app WeChat two days before her death, in the lead up to her birthday.

Weijie has been refused bail and was due to face court via video link on Wednesday.

The relatives of Pan failed to attend the funeral due to border closure to curb the COVID-19 spread.

(With inputs from ABC News)

Publish Date : 24 January 2021 14:41 PM

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