The family of a highly regarded surgeon allegedly murdered during a home invasion have broken their silence as the troubled past of his accused killers is revealed.
Dr Michael Yung, 61, died after allegedly being stabbed by young couple Kerem Aydin, 22, and Jacinta Davila, 27, at his $2million home in Gilberton in Adelaide’s inner-northeast, early on Monday.
The pair appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court bruised, bandaged and sobbing on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Dr Yung’s devastated loved ones paid tribute to the eminent intensive care paediatrician, describing him as a ‘loving and loved father, son, brother, uncle and cousin’.
‘We are all absolutely devastated by Michael’s death. His death has left a hole in our hearts that will never be filled,’ the family said in a statement.
‘Michael was a knowledgeable, skilled and compassionate paediatric intensive care specialist.
Well respected paediatrician, Dr Michael Yung (pictured), died after allegedly being attacked in a home invasion
Kerem Aydin, 22, and Jacinta Davila, 27 (pictured) have been charged over Dr Yung’s alleged murder
‘He dedicated his life to the care and treatment of critically ill children and their families at their most vulnerable time.’
Loved ones said Dr Yung’s selfless devotion to the children he treated and their families extended not just across South Australia but throughout the nation and internationally.
During his extensive career, Dr Yung set up a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in Kilifi, Kenya, worked in remote Indigenous communities, and was a ‘wise and patient teacher and mentor to generations of aspiring ICU doctors’.
His family said he set up the Kathryn Brown-Yung Foundation charity – in the name of his late wife who died suddenly three years ago – which supports scholarships for Indigenous medical students.
Dr Yung’s loved ones invited people who wished to remember Dr Yung to contribute to the foundation.
The heartfelt tribute comes as Daily Mail Australia can reveal his accused murderers both have a history of appearing before court for minor crimes.
In August, they were booted out from their rental property for failing to pay rent.
Over the past six years, the couple have each appeared in court more than 20 times for various minor matters, which cannot be reported for legal reasons.
Aydin and Davila faced court on Wednesday, where the young father was seen with a black eye
Mr Yung’s son shared a the above photo of him with his parents on social media on Monday as his father fought for life in hospital
Davila and Aydin, both from the inner western suburb of Thebarton, were arrested at a home in neighbouring Torrensville on Tuesday night.
They have been charged with murder, aggravated serious criminal trespassing and committing theft using force.
In court on Wednesday, Magistrate Michael Jandy heard the couple – who appeared via video link – were linked to the crime scene by DNA evidence on a headtorch and blood stains found at Dr Yung’s Gilberton home.
CCTV footage showed two people outside the house at the time of the attack, but the quality of the footage was not strong enough to positively identify them on its own, he was told.
Aydin, sporting a bandage over a bruised and swollen left eye, did not apply for bail.
Davila, who sobbed throughout her appearance, will return to court next Wednesday when Mr Jandy will consider releasing her on home detention bail.
Her lawyer said she was the sole carer of the pair’s eight-month-old baby and remaining in custody throughout a lengthy trial would bring undue hardship on the child.
The pair had unsuccessfully attempted co-parenting after the child was conceived during a one-night stand, he said.
The court heard the pair were arrested outside a shopping centre after they had attempted to shoplift a first aid kit from a Chemist Warehouse to patch up Aydin’s injuries, allegedly sustained during the break-in.
Crime scene tape and forensic cleaners were seen at the Yungs’ home on Wednesday
Tributes have begun to mount on the pavement outside Dr Yung’s home
Mr Jandy said he was inclined to accept the defence case that special circumstances should be afforded to Davila because of her parental obligations but he was yet to make his mind up about releasing her on bail.
The prosecution opposed her bail, arguing the alleged offending was serious in nature, the case against her was a strong one and she was a risk of tampering with evidence.
Whilst there was a relatively strong case that Davila had tampered with evidence by attempting to wash blood from clothing found at the pair’s house, there was an obvious question mark surrounding the strength of evidence attaching her to the crime scene at the time, Mr Jandy said.
While he acknowledged her DNA was found on the headtorch at the crime scene, he said there was the potential for secondary transfer from her to the crime scene via Aydin.
‘Absent of any other evidence putting this defendant at the scene of the crime at the time, the case will remain possibly equivocal in relation to her,’ Mr Jandy said.
The pair are due back in court for a charge determination hearing in March.