Two charged with murder after Gilberton home invasion

A man and woman from Adelaide’s inner west have been charged with murder and aggravated serious criminal trespass after a Gilberton resident assaulted during a home invasion died in hospital.

Dec 13, 2023, updated Dec 13, 2023
Dr Michael Yung. Photo: WCH.

Dr Michael Yung. Photo: WCH.

Dr Michael Yung died in the Royal Adelaide Hospital yesterday after sustaining life-threatening injuries during a break-in at his Gilberton home early Monday morning.

The 61-year-old former head of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit was assaulted when a number of people entered his Nottage Terrace property.

On Wednesday morning, police said Major Crime detectives and Star Group officers went to a Torrensville home last night and arrested and charged two people with Dr Yung’s murder.

A 22-year-old man and 27-year-old woman from Thebarton were charged with murder, aggravated serious criminal trespass and commit theft using force.

They will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court today.

Police said they were not seeking any other suspects at this time and “there has been no connection identified between the arrested people and those being sought for a recent crime spree across Adelaide”.

The arrests came as tributes flowed for Yung.

“Dr Yung… selflessly dedicated himself to serving some of the sickest and most vulnerable patients at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital,” Health Minister Chris Picton and SA Health chief executive Dr Robyn Lawrence said in a joint statement.

Women’s and Children’s Health Network acting chief executive Rebecca Graham said in a note to staff that Dr Yung supported many families in some of the most difficult times of their lives.

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Graham asked for donations to the Kathryn Browne-Yung Scholarship fund which Dr Yung set up in his late wife’s honour, rather than flowers.

Police Minister Joe Szakacs said Dr Yung was loved and respected for the work he did.

“I, as a dad with young children, have spent some significant time in the emergency department of Women’s and Children’s and the care with which our clinicians undertake their role in support of our families is extraordinary,” Szakacs said.

“This is a horrible, horrible set of circumstances and I’m heartened to see the outpouring of support that has been offered at this really troubling and difficult time.”

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