A professor of English at the University of Melbourne has been buried alive after allegedly sexually assaulting and threatening a female colleague during a series of incidents.
The body of Dr Andrew Boucher, who was studying English at Melbourne’s Griffith University, was found on Monday night.
Dr Boucher was a lecturer in English and the founding editor of a popular online forum called English.
His colleague, who has not been named, was reported missing on Tuesday.
He had been accused of sexual harassment and was believed to have been assaulted in the early hours of March 15.
On March 21, police received a tip-off from a concerned member of the public.
They arrested Dr Boucher on the morning of March 23 and his trial is scheduled to begin in Melbourne later this month.
The university’s vice-chancellor and acting vice-president, Prof David Gaughan, said Dr Bouchers death was a devastating blow for the university.
“Andrew was a beloved and highly respected figure at Griffith University and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time,” he said.
Mr Gaugham said Dr Bourke had been involved in the online community for years and was a “well-respected academic”.
“He had done a number of projects and research with his students, and was also involved in his research in the humanities.
Andrew was beloved at Griffith and a hugely respected academic, and his death is a devastating loss for the academic community at the university,” he added.
More to come.