Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Australia: Murderer of German Tourist Anne Neumann, 22, Having Done His Time, To Be Deported to Croatia

According to http://www.perthnow.com.au, Miho Christian Alavija, 43, who raped German tourist Anne Neumann, 22, and subsequently threw her down a mineshaft at Coober Pedy in 1993, was advised by the Immigration Department on September 9, 2013, that his visa had been revoked and he would be deported to his native Croatia when he was released from prison on parole.

Alavija, now 43, was sentenced to life with a 20-year non-parole period after being convicted of Ms. Neumann's 1993 murder. That non-parole period expired on September 8.
 
The disappearance of Neumann sparked one of the largest investigations in Australian history, as police grappled with the possibility of a serial killer that may have been targeting women in Coober Pedy.

Neumann vanished just 19 months after Italian tourist Anna Rosa Liva disappeared and three years after local girl Karen Williams was last seen in the Outback town.

While Alavija was a person of interest from the outset in the Neumann case, he was one of the last people seen talking to her when he gave her a lift in his car.

The breakthrough came when one of two men he had told about her murder contacted police and led detectives to the murder scene on the Olympic opal field, nine kilometers from the town. Ms. Neumann's body was recovered from the mine shaft two days later.

COMMENT: Former Major Crime Detective Sergeant Mick Standing, who arrested Alavija, said he felt the assailant's sentence was "somewhat lenient."

"She was alive when he threw her down the mineshaft and he lied all the way through our inquiry and the trial. I thought he deserved more than 20 years,'' Standing emphasized.

German backpacker Anne Neumann arrived in Coober Pedy on a bus from Alice Springs on the night of July 14, 1993. She was last seen later that night in Miho Alavija's car. She was reported missing two days later when the owner of the hostel she had booked into noticed her bed had not been slept in.

At Alavija's trial the jury heard he had taken the two men to the mineshaft the day after he had murdered her. The pair gave evidence at the trial and he was convicted and given a life sentence with a 20-year non-parole sentence.

I continue to urge all young adults who travel abroad to NOT hitch-hike, as doing so contributes to countless acts of forcible rape, murder and armed robbery on a global scale.