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French Student's Killer Who Was High On Ice Given Life

Sophie Collombet's killer will spend at least 20 years behind bars for brutally raping the French student and leaving her for dead in a Brisbane park.

Benjamin James Milward, 28, was high on ice when he chose to grab Ms Collombet as she walked home from university on the night of March 27, 2014.

Milward violently raped the 21-year-old before leaving her naked on a bench covered only by a jacket and newspaper.

He then threw her possessions in the Brisbane river and fled the state.

The court heard Ms Collombet was alive for several hours after the assault and died from extensive injuries to her head.

Passers-by thought she was a sleeping homeless person and did not call for help, and it was not until a rough sleeper went to check on her that paramedics were finally contacted.

But by then it was too late.


Milward confessed to police when he was arrested in New South Wales' Coffs Harbour 10 days after the attack.

He pleaded guilty earlier this month to both rape and murder but the court heard he never intended to kill Ms Collombet.

Milward was sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 20 years.

Ms Collombet's family flew from France to watch the sentencing.

AAP; Photos: AAP

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