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Guilty plea in Sydney rape-murder

A HOMELESS Australian man pleaded guilty yesterday to the murder of a Chinese student who plunged to her death from a third-floor balcony in Sydney after she was repeatedly raped.

Brendan David Dennison, 27, pleaded guilty in the New South Wales state Supreme Court in Sydney to 19 charges.

Dennison admitted murdering the woman and causing her boyfriend grievous bodily harm after breaking into the unit on October 26, 2008.

The 18-year-old woman, her 19-year-old Korean boyfriend and two other female students were held at knife point.

Police said at the time the young couple tried to escape by jumping naked from the third-floor unit onto concrete. She died, while he was seriously injured with spinal injuries.

Dennison pled guilty to the young woman's murder and recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm to her boyfriend, and admitted 10 counts of raping the couple and four counts of detaining them and the other women for his own sexual gratification.

He will be sentenced on March 9.


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