When people holiday overseas, they hope that it will be an enjoyable trip. Unfortunate for one Hong Kong family, this was not the case. A family just recently travelled to Australia from Hong Kong after being notified that their daughter was raped and killed by a homeless man in Melbourne.
The homeless man is Scott Allen Miller, age 42. He is charged with the rape and murder of a 32-year-old Hong Kong woman. Apparently, the attack took place in the early morning hours of June 28 while the woman was on her way to work. The Australian court heard how the Miller has a history of drug abuse problems.
The woman that Miller attacked has been identified as Renea Lau Yuk-ling, a pastry chef. Police believe that Miller, who was born in California, had been living homeless in Melbourne for nearly two months. After he raped Yuk-ling, police started a three-day manhunt to find him. When they finally, Miller was sleeping in the woods in Eden, nearly 500 kilometres away from New South Wales.
Now, Miller is charged with two counts of rape and one count of murder. Sarah Pratt, the lawyer of Miller, said that her client had previously been diagnosed by doctors with drug-induced psychosis. She also pointed out that prior to this rape and murder, he had no criminal record.
Miller has no money and is forced to stay in custody until his court appearance on October 24. Some of people in Melbourne are outraged that their tax money has to go to feeding and providing shelter for a murderer and rapist. He was a man that gave nothing to society, yet for the next few months, he will be living a better life than what he was before raping and murdering a hard-working citizen.
Yuk-ling’s family, who were notified the same day her body was found, had already flown into Australia from Hong Kong to deal with the funeral. Co-workers who worked with the woman said that they were very shocked and saddened by the news of their colleague’s death.
One of her co-workers, Steven Kearney, said that she had been working with him since May 2012. She worked very hard in the kitchen, and she was an extremely valued member of the team. She will be terribly missed; she was a good person that did not deserve this. He added that they offer their most heartfelt condolences to her family. He cannot imagine what they must be going through.