Screamed for help: Killer’s harrowing confession
ALEX McEwan confessed to the brutal killing of Eunji Ban only moments after his arrest.
For the first time, News Queensland can show the police video where then 19-year-old McEwan tells detectives he "just feels sorry" for the woman he brutally murdered before going into harrowing details.
"What did you do?" an officer asks McEwan, who is sitting in the back of a police car in a blue forensic suit.
"(I) bashed the sh*t out of her face," the killer replies matter-of-factly.
"Why?" the male officer continues.
"Like I said, I didn't actually do it … I can't explain it. The f***ing demon," McEwan tells him.
"It's been troubling me my whole life."
McEwan, who offers the confession shortly after his arrest, tells officers the 22-year-old Korean student was the first person he saw, when he was looking for someone to kill in the early hours of November 24, 2013.
"I didn't think, it's just like myself was in the back of my head just watching. Someone else doing it," the former Ipswich man says.
Chillingly, McEwan can be seen in the video saying he remembered telling the woman to "shut the f*** up" before "patting her face, stroking her hair after it was all bloody".
"She just screamed for help," he says.
" … The next thing I was there strangling her, beating her face. I woke up in the morning with the most f***ed up feeling."
McEwan was on Thursday sentenced to life behind bars after being found guilty by a Brisbane Supreme Court jury of Ms Ban's murder.
He will not be eligible for parole until 2033.
Sentencing judge Roslyn Atkinson told McEwan despite the fact he had tried to argue he was mentally ill at the time of the killing "you and you alone are responsible" for Ms Ban's death and the "sorrow" he caused to her family.
Ms Ban was found dead in Wickham Park in the early hours of November 24 after being horrifically beaten.
She was walking to work at her cleaning job shortly after 4am.
McEwan pleaded not guilty to the 22-year-old woman's murder but guilty to her manslaughter in the Brisbane Supreme Court at the start of his three-week trial.
The court heard at the start of the trial, Ms Ban died from head injuries that were so serious she likely drowned in her own blood.
Members of Ms Ban's family embraced each other and shed tears as the verdict was delivered.
Speaking through an interpreter outside the court, Ms Ban's mother Suk Bun Jung spoke of her pain and the hole that had been left in her life and her heart.
"My Eunji, please help me. If I have to carry on with beautiful memories of us, you have to help me so I can be strong enough to carry on," she said. "I'm still very, very sad."