The judge said Meth Mean had “robbed Ranny Yun of the precious gift of life”. (AAP: David Crosling)
A man found guilty of the cold-case murder of a Cambodian refugee in suburban Melbourne three decades ago has been jailed for 23 years.
- Ranny Yun was sexually assaulted and murdered at her Springvale home in 1987
- The crime remained unsolved for three decades until DNA linked Meth Mean to the murder
- The judge said the murder was “extremely brutal” and jailed Mean for 23 years
Meth Mean was today sentenced in the Victorian Supreme Court after he was found guilty of murdering Ranny Yun, 27, in October 1987.
Ms Yun was sexually assaulted, had her throat cut and was stabbed multiple times in her Springvale home in Melbourne’s south-east.
Her body was found near her sewing machine.
Meth Mean, a family friend who lived in the same area, was not considered a suspect at the time.
The case remained unsolved for three decades until it was assigned to the Victorian Homicide Squad Cold Case Unit in 2017.
Police used DNA techniques not available at the time of the murder to match Mean’s DNA with semen and blood found at the scene.
The court heard how Mean had arrived in Australia with his family on the same aeroplane as Ranny Yun and her sister in August 1985.
Ms Yun’s husband sponsored Mean’s family to come to Australia from war-torn Cambodia during the brutal Pol Pot era.
Mean’s family had moved to Western Australia after the murder.
‘Sexual behaviour’ added to gravity of crime, judge says
Mean had no birth certificate, but Supreme Court Judge Jane Dixon said she was satisfied he was aged at least 17 at the time of the murder.
“You murdered Ranny Yun in an extremely brutal manner,” the judge said.
“Although you were a young person in 1987 you were able to use your physical strength to subdue Ranny Yun in the course of attacking her.”
Justice Jane Dixon said Ms Yun was murdered in “an extremely brutal manner”. (Supplied: Victorian Supreme Court)
The prosecution had earlier told the court the “sexual aspect” of Mean’s offending should be taken into account when considering his motive for the murder.
“Whilst it is not clear exactly how your sexual behaviour unfolded, it was a part of the event and adds to the gravity of what took place,” she said.
“Ranny Yun was a person with a bright future and a strong work ethic who contributed to the welfare of family members.
“Having escaped civil war in Cambodia, it is tragic that Ranny’s life was ended by you at a time when she was still adapting to her new life in her home in Springvale.”
She said the fact Ms Yun was murdered in her own home “aggravates the objective seriousness of the crime”.
“Ms Yun was murdered in a place where she was entitled to feel safe,” she said.
“You robbed Ranny Yun of the precious gift of life.”
In the decades after the murder, Mean led what the judge said was a “conventional” life in Western Australia, marrying and having children.
“You have been able to raise a family and become a grandparent free of any … consequences until now,” she said.
She sentenced Mean to 23 years’ jail with a non-parole period of 17 years.