In a foreign country and unable to speak English, the father of a young murdered Korean woman is hoping Queensland delivers justice.
The family of Eunji Ban gathered in Brisbane on Friday – five days after the 22-year-old woman was found murdered in an inner-city park.
She had been in Australia a few weeks, killed on the way to a cleaning job in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Her father Hyeonggyu Ban had flown from the South Korean port city of Busan to express, through a translator, his desire for justice.
“I trust the justice system to impose a firm and just sentence on the offender,” he told reporters at Queensland police headquarters after his daughter’s funeral.
Eunji’s uncle Seongkyu Ban was beside him, holding a framed picture of the young woman.
Hyeonggyu Ban read from a statement in Korean, describing his grief.
“There is nothing to replace her,” he said.
“To a parent, your children are your biggest treasure.
“My daughter was my hope and she was bigger than life itself.
“For me as a parent, the loss of my daughter was sadness and despair – it is impossible to express with words.”
The murder victim’s father described his appreciation at Brisbane’s outpouring of grief, after more than 1000 people gathered at Wickham Park on Wednesday to pay their respects at the crime scene.
“Watching from a distance, I was deeply moved by the large number of Queensland community who attended and paid their respects,” he said.
Mr Ban expressed gratitude to Queensland police, Premier Campbell Newman and Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk “for their kind words and condolences”, along with the Korean consulate.
“I can only hope that my daughter’s death plays a role in making this community more aware of their safety and aid, and further protecting the lives of Queenslanders,” he said.
“I sincerely hope my daughter’s death will not go to waste.”
A 19-year-old man, Alex Reuben McEwan, fronted court on Tuesday charged with Ms Ban’s murder.