A young mum and dad have been charged with murder over the death of a respected surgeon during an alleged home invasion.
Dr Michael Yung, 61, a highly-regarded intensive care paediatrician, died after he was allegedly stabbed inside his $2million Gilberton home, in Adelaide’s inner-northeast, early on Monday.
Kerem Aydin, 22, and his partner Jacinta Davila, 27, 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 trespass and commit theft using force and are due to face Adelaide Magistrates Court later on Wednesday.
The arrests came just hours after Dr Yung’s family made the heartbreaking decision to turn off his life support after being advised by doctors his injuries were ‘non- survivable’.
On Monday, while Dr Yung was still fighting for life in Royal Adelaide Hospital, his son shared a heartbreaking family photo on Facebook.
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
The image, taken in 1996, shows Mr Yung, his late wife Kathryn, and his son playing with party blowers as they celebrated one of his childhood birthdays.
In the comments, relatives expressed their support and said they were travelling to Adelaide and would be by his side soon.
Meanwhile, other photos posted on social media reveal Davilla and Aydin are also the parents of a young child.
In one post, she shared a photo of the family together, writing: ‘family is truth, where life begins’.
On LinkedIn, Davila described herself as ‘honest and hardworking individual’ with a ‘friendly, driven personality’ who is seeking employment in retail.
Aydin’s profile on the same website claims he has been a ‘self-employed CEO’ for the past five years but does not name his company.
‘I’ve worked in a variety of different jobs for different reasons but mainly for experience,’ his bio reads.
‘I learn tasks very swiftly, and will most probably do something without having to be asked to do it, mainly just common sense.’
Aydin added that his eclectic work experience has included glasshouses, picking vegetables, working in his family’s sweet shop, installing security cameras, retail and working at service businesses such as mechanics and repair shops.
‘I love to learn new things, one thing leads to another and I’ve already found myself a new passion,’ the bio continues.
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
Mr Yung’s 30-year-old son was at the home at the time of the alleged attack but fortunately remained uninjured.
Police will allege they arrived to find the son ‘distraught’ and Dr Yung suffering injuries to the chest, bowel and head, which caused bleeding of the brain.
The 61-year-old was rushed to Royal Adelaide Hospital where he was placed into an induced coma following emergency surgery, before his life support was switched off just over 24 hours later.
Despite an initial police theory a youth gang was responsible, no connection has been identified between the arrested couple and those being sought for a recent crime spree across Adelaide.
SA Police had been investigating a string of break-ins across wealthy suburbs such as Gilberton, Medindie, Walkerville, Henley Beach, Fulham and Tennyson under Operation Mandrake.
Police have confirmed detectives are not seeking any other suspects over Mr Yung’s death at this time.
Acting Commissioner Linda Williams said the man and woman who have been charged were not linked to Indigenous or African heritage offenders sought as part of operations Mandrake and Meld.
‘The motive is yet to be worked through as part of the investigation but my advice is there’s no connection with the other activity in those suburbs or with any of the persons of interest that we’d normally deal with in Operation Mandrake,’ she said.
Dr Yung was rushed to Royal Adelaide Hospital early Monday morning where he underwent an emergency surgery and placed into an induced coma (pictured, police at the scene)
Dr Yung was the former head of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital paediatric intensive care unit and had practised medicine for almost four decades.
The eminent paediatrician’s death is the most recent tragedy for his family after Kathryn Browne-Yung, his health policy expert wife, suddenly died in her sleep in March 2020.
Shortly after her death Dr Yung created a $5,000 scholarship to support Indigenous medical students in the name of his ‘kind, thoughtful and intelligent’ wife.
His family have requested for donations to be made to the Kathryn Browne-Yung Scholarship Fund in lieu of flowers.
Police are urging anyone with dashcam footage between midnight and 5am on Monday December 11, within a 500m radius of James Street and Nottage Terrace at Gilberton or anyone who has information that may assist with the investigation to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.