The man who raped and killed Israeli exchange student Aiia Maasarwe received a life sentence after the court was told about the traumatic youth of the murderer and the distorted perception of the world.
Codey Herrmann, 21, hit Mrs. Maasarwe with a metal pole while walking home from the tram in Bundoora, Melbourne, on January 16.
Herrmann dragged her into the bushes before raping her with such cruelty that she was left with terrible injuries, including a broken bone in her neck from where he smothered her.
When he was done, he again hit the head with the pole. He later threw her body into WD-40 and set her on fire with a barbecue lighter in an awkward attempt to destroy his DNA.
Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth imposed a 30-year non-conditional period in the Victorian Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon.
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Codey Herrmann, 21, hit Aiia Maasarwe with a metal pole while walking home from the tram in Bundoora, Melbourne, on January 16
Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was beaten with a metal pole, raped, murdered and set on fire with a barbecue lighter and WD-40
Prosecutors wanted the 21-year-old murderer to be detained for life for the & # 39; cruel and violent and corrupt & # 39; attack that showed a & # 39; full and complete disregard for the humanity of the victim & # 39 ;.
But Herrmann's lawyer previously told the court that the young man deserved some leniency because he had a personality disorder that resulted from a seriously traumatic childhood and this had distorted his view of the world.
He may have done something monstrous, but he was not a monster and had led an extremely adverse life, Tim Marsh said.
Justice Hollingworth said that Herrmann, who was diagnosed with drug-induced psychosis and severe personality disorder, had lived a life of & # 39; deep chaos and despair before the & # 39 ;.
& # 39; On your first birthday, your mother had abandoned you to a family member whose own children were taken by court order, & # 39; Justice Hollingworth said to the court.
& # 39; Approximately six months later, you were admitted to healthcare and hospitalized with scabies. & # 39;
Herrmann was three years old when he was placed in foster care in Perth, where he stayed until he was 18.
Justice Hollingworth ruled Herrmann's life of deprivation and personality disorder reduced his moral guilt and considered his age, medical condition, and asked guilty plea in her decision to convict.
Herrmann leaves the Supreme Court of Victoria after being sentenced Tuesday to 36 years behind bars
The 21-year-old was homeless at the time of insulting and justice Hollingworth said it looked like he was leading a better life in prison.
& # 39; Your counsel informed the court that you found a safe place to sleep, three meals a day, a hot shower and the prospect of taking courses, better than living on the street, & # 39; said Justice Hollingworth.
& # 39; That is a rather bleak reflection of the circumstances in which you previously lived.
During the conviction, Justice Hollingworth said that & # 39; any expression of regret (from Herrmann) is limited and recent & # 39 ;.
Members of Mrs. Maasarwe's family, including her father Saeed, were in court to hear the sentence and sobbed when details of the murder were told.
When Herrmann was finished, he again hit the post with the pole. He later threw her body into WD-40 and set her on fire with a barbecue lighter (pictured Mrs. Maasarwe & # 39; s father Saeed who arrived Tuesday at the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne)
Mrs. Maasarwe had just left the tram when she called her sister Ruba Maasarwe (Mrs. Maasarwe & # 39; s other sister Noor Maasarwe in the photo)
& # 39; It was a fierce attack with a coarse but effective weapon that immediately made her unconscious, & # 39; said the judge, noting that Mrs. Maasarwe was alone, small in stature and unsuspecting.
& # 39; She had no opportunity to flee or escape.
& # 39; (You) tried to destroy the evidence by firing Mrs. Maasarwe … treating her body this way showed total disdain for her dignity.
& # 39; Women must be free to walk the streets alone without fear of being violently attacked by a stranger.
& # 39; You have not only taken away her life, you have also taken away a valuable daughter and sister from a family. & # 39;
Justice Hollingworth said: & # 39; Women should be free to walk the streets alone without fear of being violently attacked by a stranger & # 39 ;. Pictured: Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe
Saeed Maasarwe (center right), the father of the murdered exchange student, speaks on media outside the Victoria Supreme Court in Melbourne on Tuesday
Outside the court, Mr. Maasarwe insisted on a change in an effort to ensure that women can walk safely alone at night. & # 39; We are not focusing on revenge & # 39 ;, Mr. Maasarwe told reporters
She also compared Herrmann's insult to the brutal rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon, who was attacked by stranger Jaymes Todd when she walked home in June 2018.
Todd was sentenced to life with a 35-year non-conditional release for the premeditated assault attack, but appealed against his sentence.
Outside the court, Mr. Maasarwe insisted on a change in an effort to ensure that women can walk safely alone at night.
& # 39; We are not focusing on revenge & # 39 ;, Mr. Maasarwe told reporters.
& # 39; This is not our compass, this is not our focus, but to care for society, for the people, for the ladies (can) go out and go back home. & # 39;
Because of his tears, the father said that he reminded Mrs. Maasarwe of how she treated people.
& # 39; She looked at people – no matter what religion, what nation, what color – she looked at people on the same level (with) the same eyes, & # 39; he said.
Aiia & # 39; s father Saeed Maasarwe comes to court for conviction on Tuesday
Herrmann is led away after conviction. He will be locked up for at least 30 years
Mrs. Maasarwe had just left the tram when she called her sister Ruba Maasarwe.
Ruba had only just picked up the phone when she heard a blood-curdling scream and her sister in Arabic & # 39; You piece s *** & # 39; shouted.
Then the telephone went silent while Herrmann carried out his pathogenic attack.
At Herrmann's pre-hearing earlier this month, prosecutor Patrick Bourke claimed that Herrmann & # 39; had complete and complete disregard for the humanity of the victim & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It refers to the freedom of everyone, but of course especially to women, to do no more than to walk through a public street in peace and security & he said.
& # 39; Don't give in to hate like I did & # 39 ;: Herrmann's apology letter addressed to the devastated parents of Aiia
Herrmann was unable to explain why he killed Mrs. Maasarwe, and an apologetic letter to her parents did not answer.
& # 39; I'm sorry, your daughter didn't deserve something so terrible and tragic, & # 39; read the murderer's handwritten letter.
& # 39; I did not expect forgiveness because I will never be able to forgive yourself and I will try to make up for the rest of my life.
& # 39; There is no excuse. I apologize, I will pray for you and your family every day.
& # 39; Don't give in to hate like I did. & # 39;
Pictured: Israeli exchange student Aiia Maasarwe, who was murdered in Melbourne in January
Herrmann dragged Mrs. Maasarwe into the bushes before raping her with such cruelty that she was left with terrible injuries, including a broken bone in her neck from where he smothered her
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