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Collombet family relieved over murder plea

AAP logoAAP 12/10/2016 Evan Schwarten

A friend of murdered French student Sophie Collombet says it's a relief her killer has pleaded guilty to the crime, but doesn't want the man to be given any credit for his remorse.

Benjamin James Milward, 26, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to the 2014 murder and will be sentenced on October 26.

Ms Collombet's friend Simon Trott says the French national's family were relieved they would not have to sit through a trial.

"More than anything it's a relief, particularly for the family that they won't have to sit through a long, drawn-out court case and have to endure the details of the actual crime presented to them," he told ABC Radio on Thursday.

Milward's mother Diane says her son, who had allegedly injected ice and consumed wine and bourbon before raping and murdering the 21-year-old, was remorseful.

"I'm actually quite proud that he has owned up to it and he's not trying to fight it or deny it," she said on Wednesday.

She also expressed sorrow for Ms Collombet's family.

"I'm just so so sorry that they've had to go through this, I couldn't imagine what they're going through , having a child taken away from them, but my heart just bleeds for them."

But Mr Trott said Ms Collombet's family and friends did not want the court to take Milward's drug use or remorse into account when sentencing him.

"We don't want consideration given to people that take drugs and alcohol and then turn around and use that as an excuse to commit inhuman crimes on other people," he said.

"I really hope the court system don't take remorse or mitigating circumstances into consideration and throw the full extent of the law at this animal."

Murder carries a mandatory life sentence with a minimum non-parole period of 20 years in Queensland.

Ms Collombet's brother was in court on Wednesday to see Milward plead guilty and her parents and boyfriend will travel to Australia for his sentencing.

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