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Chinese man, 20, admits murdering his female housemate in Sydney

Chinese man, 20, admits murdering his female housemate, 28, in a dispute over money and dumping her body in the bush

  • Shuo Dong, 20, pleaded guilty to murder at NSW Supreme Court on Friday 
  • Ms Yu was last seen at their south-west Sydney sharehouse on June 8, 2018 
  • The two had argued over Ms Yu cutting his lease short, court documents state 
  • Detectives said searches for ‘penalty for murder’ were found on Dong’s phone 

A man has admitted murdering his housemate whose wrapped body was found in bushland in Sydney’s north, almost seven weeks after her disappearance.

Shuo Dong, 20, pleaded guilty on Friday to murdering Qi Yu, 28, on June 8, 2018, the day she was last seen at her Campsie unit which she shared with him and another woman.

He entered his plea in the New South Wales Supreme Court through an interpreter.

Justice Elizabeth Fullerton adjourned the matter to May 18 for a sentencing hearing.

Shuo Dong, 20, pleaded guilty on Friday to murdering Qi Yu, 28, on June 8, 2018. Pictured: Berin

Shuo Dong, 20, pleaded guilty on Friday to murdering Qi Yu, 28, on June 8, 2018. Pictured: Berin

Ms Yu's wrapped body was found in bushland in Sydney's north, almost seven weeks after her disappearance

Ms Yu’s wrapped body was found in bushland in Sydney’s north, almost seven weeks after her disappearance

Dong spent the evening of June 8 bickering with Ms Yu over cutting his lease short and bond money he owed her, according to documents previously presented to the local court.

Ms Yu’s parents, who were speaking to her from China via WeChat, could hear the argument in the background when the power to the unit was shut off.

They later contacted a neighbour who lived nearby to check on their daughter. Blood-like stains were found through the home and car, which was parked a few kilometres away.

Dong was charged with her murder less than a week after she disappeared.

Numerous searches of bushland were fruitless but on July 25, 2018 her body was found in bushland near an emergency stop on the M1 highway at Mount Kuring-gai.

Detectives said searches for ‘penalty for murder’ were found on Dong’s phone.

Key dates in the disappearance of Qi Yu

 June 8 – Goes missing. Last seen by friends at her Campsie share house.

June 9 – Her Toyota Corolla found on a Burwood street.

June 12 – Qing He arrives in Australia and pays an emotional visit to her daughter’s home.

June 13 – Shuo Dong, Ms Yu’s 19-year-old housemate, charged with her murder.

June 14 – Cadaver dogs begin searching bushland in Sydney’s north after phone records suggest Ms Yu’s car was driven to the area the night she disappeared.

June 26 – Ms Yu’s parents make a public plea for information, detectives declare the chances of finding her alive ‘non-existent’.

June 29 – The Berowra community holds a candlelight vigil.

July 25 – A ‘wrapped up’ body is found off the M1 motorway near Mount Kuring-gai.

SOURCE: Australia Associated Press 

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