Australia'It's not easy': Aiia Maasarwe's father speaks after killer's admission

11:16  07 june  2019
11:16  07 june  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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The father of murdered student Aiia Maasarwe has spoken of the toll of his daughter's death on the family after her killer pleaded guilty in a Melbourne court.

Codey Herrmann appeared via videolink in the Melbourne Magistrates Court today over the January 16 attack.

When asked how he would plead to the charges of rape and murder, he answered: "I plead guilty."

'It's not easy': Aiia Maasarwe's father speaks after killer's admission© AAP Codey Herrmann said only three words in court today:

Ms Maasarwe, a 21-year-old Arab-Israeli international student, was on her way home from a night out at a comedy club on January 16 when she was attacked in Bundoora, not far from where she alighted the route 86 tram.

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Her body was found behind a hedge outside a nearby shopping centre, about 100 metres from the tram stop.

'It's not easy': Aiia Maasarwe's father speaks after killer's admission© Supplied Aiia Maarsarwe's body was discovered in January. Her father Saeed, speaking in Israel today, said the news of Herrmann's guilty plea was bittersweet.

"It's not easy, we tried to continue the normal life," he told 9News.

"We tried the maximum as we can - sometimes successful more, sometimes successful less but the life, we need to continue.

"We don't have another choice."

'It's not easy': Aiia Maasarwe's father speaks after killer's admission© 9News Saeed Maasarwe says Herrmann's guilty plea is a relief.

Ms Maasarwe had been in Melbourne only a short time and was speaking on FaceTime to her overseas-based sister, Noor, when she was killed.

"She was living a dream in Melbourne, a dream that ended up being worst (sic) than a nightmare," the sibling posted on Instagram a short time after the death.

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Her father Saeed Maasarwe and sister Ruba Maasarwe flew to Melbourne following the alleged attack and both Alleged killer Codey Herrman, 20, was arrested on Friday after finding him with a group of friends Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe ' s body is expected to be returned to her homeland this week.

Ms Maasarwe's family have asked for certain details about her death to not be released.

Ms Maasarwe came to Melbourne in 2018 for a one-year exchange program at La Trobe University, as part of her business studies at Shanghai University.

'It's not easy': Aiia Maasarwe's father speaks after killer's admission© 9News Saeed Maasarwe in Melbourne after his daughter's death. 'It's not easy': Aiia Maasarwe's father speaks after killer's admission© Facebook Codey Herrmann was homeless at the time of Aiia's murder.

Herrmann, a homeless self-described aspiring rapper, was arrested in Greensborough on January 18 after a two-day manhunt for Ms Maasarwe's killer.

It was later revealed that a week before the murder, Herrman had posted on Facebook: "International girl of mystery you knows (sic) who you are."

Herrmann's case will be listed for directions in the Supreme Court next Wednesday.

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Courtroom gasps as wannabe rap artist who raped and murdered Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe tells judge he's 'not guilty'.
Codey Herrmann pleaded guilty last week to killing Ms Maasarwe, whose body was found near a tram stop in Melbourne's north on January 16. But when he was officially arraigned in the Supreme Court on Wednesday he stroked his beard and answered 'not guilty' to the rape charge.

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