Pair charged with murdering top doctor Michael Yung

Duo charged with murder after death of popular doctor

A man and woman from Adelaide’s inner-west have been charged with murder and aggravated serious criminal trespass after prominent South Australian doctor died after a brutal home invasion.

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

The 61-year-old former head of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital paediatric intensive care unit was assaulted when several people entered his Nottage Terrace home.

On Wednesday, SA Police said detectives and officers went to a Torrensville home late on Tuesday and arrested and charged two people with 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 on Wednesday.

Police said they seeking no other suspects 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 dedicating himself to serving some of the sickest and most vulnerable patients at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital,” SA 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 Yung supported many families in some of the most difficult times in their lives.

She asked for donations to the Kathryn Browne-Yung Scholarship fund instead of flowers. Yung set up the fund in his late wife’s honour.

SA Police Minister Joe Szakacs said Yung was loved and respected for his work.

“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.”

This story first appeared in InDaily and is republished here with permission

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