Karem Aydin and Jacinta Davila, an Adelaide couple have been arrested for the murder of pediatrician, Dr Michael Yung.
The duo allegedly attacked inside Dr Yung inside his $2m Gilberton home on Monday, December 10th, leaving the 61-year-old with life-threatening injuries.
The father of two sadly died on Tuesday after failing to recover from his injuries.
Police say Karem Aydin Adelaide and Jacinta Davila attacked Yung during a home invasion gone wrong.
They have been charged with murder, aggravated serious criminal trespass, and commit theft using force.
Below, we provide more details about the case.
Who is Karem Aydin Adelaide?
Karem Aydin, 22, is an Australian man who together with his fiancee, Jacinta Davila, are accused of murdering beloved doctor Michael Yung.
Karem Aydin, according to his LinkedIn account, studied at TAFE SA – South Australia’s largest vocational education & training (VET) provider – between 2017 and 2019.
According to its profile, TAFE SA is the largest provider of vocational education and training (VET) in South Australia which delivers more than 1000 courses per year at campuses across the state.
He claims to have gained skills such as sales effectiveness, bespoke website design and writing.
Karem Aydin describes himself in his bio as a self-employed individual who has been working since May 2018.
The hitherto unknown Karem Aydin and his fiancee, 27-year-old Jacinta Davila, sprung to public notoriety due to their involvement in the murder of Adelaide pediatrician Dr Michael Yung.
Aydin and Davila, of Thebarton, are alleged to have bashed him to death during a violent altercation at his Gilberton home.
Dr Yung was found by emergency services with serious injuries at his Gilberton home Monday morning.
The 61-year-old was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital where he died on Tuesday.
SA Police managed to arrest two people – Kerem Aydin and Jacinta Davila – at a home in Torrensville, in Adelaide’s western suburbs.
The pair were charged with murder, aggravated serious criminal trespass and committing theft using force and will face court today.
SA Police Deputy Commissioner Linda Williams said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Karem Aydin, who looks to be the main perpetrator, described himself thus in his LinkedIn profile: “I’ve worked in a variety of different jobs for different reasons but mainly for experience.
“I love to learn new things, one thing leads to another and I’ve already found myself a new passion.
“I learn tasks very swiftly, and will most probably do something without having to be asked to do it, mainly just common sense.
“I’ve worked in glasshouses, picking vegetables and managing the exports of goods, to working in my family sweet shop, selling and managing the sweets,”
Aydin claims to have also “picked up great team management and leadership skills along the way,”
Other jobs he’s held include installing security cameras, retail (both selling clothing and food), working at service places such as mechanic shops and repair shops (cars, boats, motor- related equipment) and at cash-converters.
According to auscompanies.com, Kerem Aydin registered a company with the Australian Business Number (ABN) of: 93881223165 but cancelled its ABN on 30th June 2022.
Aydin, seemingly a jack-of-all-trades, was a graduate of TAFE SA.
TAFE SA offers training across more than 80 activity and industry-related areas with a wide range of quality courses and flexible study options.
Kerem Aydin and Jacinta Davila Adelaide
Jacinta Davila is an Australian woman who together with her partner, Karem Aydin, allegedly murdered Adelaide, South Australia doctor Michael Yung.
Davila, like Aydin, studied at TAFA SA for a Certificate in Hair and Beauty and has been working in retail.
Jacinta Aydin’s last position was at Veronika Maine where she worked in the casual wear division.
On her LinkedIn account, she describes herself thus: “I am an honest and hardworking individual looking to further my career in the retail industry. I pride myself on having a confident, friendly and driven personality.
“I have the ability to work in both a team environment and independently. I maintain a professional attitude at all times and have exceptional customer service skills. I have great time management skills and am always punctual,”
Aside Veronika Maine, other positions Jacinta Davila has held include with Windsor Smith Footwear and Ally Fashion.
According to the Daily Mail, Jacinta Davila and Karem Aydin assaulted Dr Michael Yung leading to his death in Adelaide’s inner-northeast, early on Monday.
The pair were arrested Tuesday and appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court bruised, bandaged and sobbing on Wednesday.
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.
They were later arrested outside a shopping centre after they attempted to shoplift a first aid kit from a Chemist Warehouse to patch up Aydin’s injuries allegedly sustained during the break-in.
Karem Aydin Adelaide, 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 are due back in court for a charge determination hearing in March.
According to Daily Mail Australia, Kerem Aydin and Jacinta Davila were ejected from their rental property for failing to pay rent in August.
Over the past six years, the couple have each appeared in court more than 20 times for various minor matters.
Karem Aydin Adelaide Facebook
Kerem Aydin is on Facebook @KeremMustafaAydin
Dr Michael Yung Pediatrician
Dr Michael Yung was the former head of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
He also set up a similar unit in Kilifi, Kenya, and worked in remote Indigenous communities.
Dr Yung, 61, practiced for more than 40 years before his murder by Karem Aydin Adelaide and Jacinta Davila.
He was found by emergency services with serious injuries at his Gilberton home on Monday morning and taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital where he died on Tuesday surrounded by family.
His family released a statement following his passing 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.
“He dedicated his life to the care and treatment of critically ill children and their families at their most vulnerable time,”
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.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked the community to contribute to the Kathryn Browne-Yung Foundation.
Dr Michael Yung pediatrician leaves behind two children.
The below is culled from the Wikipedia entry for Adelaide.
Adelaide locally; Kaurna: Tarntanya, pronounced is the capital city of South Australia, the state’s largest city and the fifth-most populous city in Australia.
“Adelaide” may refer to either Greater Adelaide (including the Adelaide Hills) or the Adelaide city centre.
The demonym Adelaidean is used to denote the city and the residents of Adelaide.
The Traditional Owners of the Adelaide region are the Kaurna.
The area of the city centre and surrounding Park Lands is called Tarndanya in the Kaurna language.
Adelaide is situated on the Adelaide Plains north of the Fleurieu Peninsula, between the Gulf St Vincent in the west and the Mount Lofty Ranges in the east.
Its metropolitan area extends 20 km (12 mi) from the coast to the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges, and stretches 96 km (60 mi) from Gawler in the north to Sellicks Beach in the south.
Named in honour of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, queen of King William IV, the city was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for the only freely-settled British province in Australia.
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