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Chinese student found dead in Australia

Detective Inspector Robert Alison of the Sydney police has appealed to the public for information surrounding the death of a Chinese student, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Nineteen-year-old Chinese student Liqun Pan had been living in south Sydney on a student visa for several years and was studying at a language school in the city’s Elizabeth Street, understood to be La Lingua Language School. Following a tip-off from a neighbour, Ms Pan was found dead in her accommodation in Sydney’s Wolli Creek neighbourhood in June.

Pan’s body was found shortly after an unnamed male Chinese national, also on a student visa, was discovered alive with, “multiple fractures and head wounds,” on the footpath outside Pan’s housing complex. He is currently in an induced coma at a city hospital. Witnesses saw him fall from Pan’s building and Robert Alison said he was “very, very lucky to be alive.” The man has been identified as the dead girl’s boyfriend and is believed to have attempted a murder-suicide. Inspector Alison said the dead girl’s family was doing well, given the situation.

“It is horrific. I really do feel for the [Pan] family. The distance being so far away makes it even more difficult for them. But we are working closely with them,” he told the newspaper.

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Matt Salusbury
Matt Salusbury
MATT SALUSBURY, news editor and journalist, has worked for EL Gazette since 2007. He is also joint Chair of the London Freelance Branch of the National Union of Journalists and co-edits its newsletter, the Freelance. He taught English language for 15 years in the Netherlands, in Turkey, in a North London further education college and now as an English for Academic Purposes tutor, most recently at the London School of Economics. He is a native English speaker and is also fluent in Dutch.
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