Airbnb hosts charged in brutal murder of guest

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Three hosts of an Airbnb in Melbourne, Australia brutally attacked and killed their 36-year-old guest last week. On top of the murder, one host raped the guest with an inanimate object.

Ramis Jonuzi was just looking for a cheap place to stay in Australia, and it ended up costing him his life.

Jonuzi, who worked as a bricklayer, had been staying at the house for less than a week before he was allegedly murdered. He told a friend that he planned to move out early because he did not like the “energy” in the accommodation, The Age reported.

Charged with murder were Craig Levy, 36; Ryan Smart, 37; and Jason Colton, 41, The Guardian reported. Colton was also charged with raping Jonuzi.

Reviews for the unit on Airbnb were mixed, according to a review of the house’s listing by The Age. While many renters left positive impressions, some criticized the plumbing and lack of security at the home.

The cause of death is yet to be released but police earlier said he was in cardiac arrest and paramedics had tried to revive him.

The three accused will return to court on 22 March.

“There is no place on Airbnb for such an abhorrent act, which violates everything our global community stands for,” Airbnb said.

“We have removed this listing from our platform and will fully co-operate with law enforcement on their investigation.”

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