Blowhole Murder: Uncle Booked for Violent Killing of Chinese Student


Police have booked a man for the murder of a Chinese international student whose body was found floating face down in a blowhole. Th body was recovered from the New South Wales central coast last weekend.

The 25-year-old murder victim, Michelle Leng, was reported missing by her family on Anzac Day. The report was made after it was claimed that she failed to return to her home in Campsie from a shopping trip, four days earlier.

The 27-year-old man was arrested for the blowhole murder. He will appear in a New South Wales court.

According to police, the man, Derek Barrett, was arrested and charged on Friday.

They have also informed that he has been refused bail and will be appearing at Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday. The perpetrator has been identified as Leng’s uncle.

It was reported by The Sydney Morning Herald that Leng lived with her uncle in Campsie, along with her aunt and cousin.

Detectives carried out a crime scene warrant on the family’s Campsie home on Friday afternoon. The crime scene investigation was followed by the arrest.

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A tourist discovered Leng’s body at the Lake Munmorah National Park’s Snapper Point blowhole about 10:30am on Sunday. Police said that the 25-year-old was attacked violently and had been stabbed several times.

She was found naked, floating in the blowhole and had been stabbed numerous times in the neck. Police said that Leng had no jewellery, no personal items and no tattoos.

They also said that the body remained unidentified for three days.

Leng was originally from Chengdu in China. She also went by the name Mengmei and had started living in Sydney five years ago.

In Sydney, she acquired a Bachelors degree in business at the University of Technology Sydney, says The Guardian.

Later police identified the victim as Leng. Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin is leading the investigation.

“We had a positive identification of the female today and we have informed family,” said Jubelin.

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Police also provided CCTV footage showing Leng’s last known movements.

Leng was seen walking through St James train station carrying her shopping bags in a CCTV footage from last Thursday afternoon and a takeaway juice. After that she was again spotted on arriving at Campsie Station at 4.30pm.

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