Two people have been charged with murder over the death of prominent Adelaide doctor Michael Yung.

Key points:

  • Two people have been arrested and charged with the murder of Dr Michael Yung 
  • Police previously alleged Dr Yung was assaulted during a home invasion early on Monday morning
  • The top Adelaide paediatrician died in hospital on Tuesday

Major Crime detectives said they went to a home in Torrensville in Adelaide’s western suburbs last night and arrested a 22-year-old man and a 27-year-old Thebarton woman.

The pair have been charged with murder, aggravated serious criminal trespass and committing theft using force and will face court today.

Dr Michael Yung was found by emergency services with serious injuries at his Gilberton home on Monday morning.

The 61-year-old was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital where he died on Tuesday surrounded by family.

Dr Yung was the former head of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Yesterday police said the attack may have been linked to a recent crime spree across Adelaide, but they now say no connection has been identified.

Deputy Commissioner Linda Williams says the arrests have “nothing to do” with Operation Mandrake.(ABC News: Ethan Rix)

SA Police Deputy Commissioner Linda Williams said the arrests had “nothing to do” with Operation Mandrake, a task force investigating a string of break-ins across Adelaide.

“The 22-year-old and 27-year-old arrested for the alleged murder are not connected with Mandrake,” she said.

Deputy Commissioner Williams said the investigation into the incident was ongoing.

Detectives said they were not seeking any other suspects at this time. 

South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas said his thoughts were with Dr Yung’s family.

“I think this has shocked South Australians to the core, in a way that’s become a bit too frequent in the last couple of weeks,” he said.

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