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AustraliaCourtroom gasps as wannabe rap artist who raped and murdered Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe tells judge he's 'not guilty'

16:05  12 june  2019
16:05  12 june  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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An aspiring rapper who previously pleaded guilty to raping murdered international student Aiia Maasarwe stunned a courtroom by changing his plea to not guilty.

Codey Herrmann, 20, 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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Courtroom gasps as wannabe rap artist who raped and murdered Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe tells judge he's 'not guilty'© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 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 Courtroom gasps as wannabe rap artist who raped and murdered Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe tells judge he's 'not guilty'© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ms Maasarwe (pictured) was attacked on her way home from a comedy club after getting off a tram near La Trobe University

The statement prompted defence lawyer Tim Marsh to intervene, and after a brief conversation they requested a do-over where he pleaded guilty to both charges.

Herrmann was charged with the rape and murder of Ms Maasarwe three days after the crime, but details of his involvement weren't initially shared with the public.

Ms Maasarwe was attacked on her way home from a comedy club after getting off a tram near La Trobe University.

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Her body was found the following morning in nearby Bundoora, and police were able to track Herrmann through the use of CCTV footage from the tram.

Courtroom gasps as wannabe rap artist who raped and murdered Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe tells judge he's 'not guilty'© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Her body was found the following morning in nearby Bundoora, and police were able to track Herrmann through the use of CCTV footage from the tram

The Palestinian Arab of Israeli citizenship had been in Melbourne only a short time and was speaking by phone to her overseas-based sister, Noor, when attacked.

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

Ms Maasarwe's family were notified last week Herrmann intended to plead guilty.

He'll face a Supreme Court plea hearing on October 1.

The defence is expected to seek a number of documents, including a neuropsychiatric report and a report on Herrmann's culture and background.

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Herrmann was homeless and unemployed when he killed Ms Maasarwe.

Courtroom gasps as wannabe rap artist who raped and murdered Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe tells judge he's 'not guilty'© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 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

Ms Maasarwe's family travelled to Melbourne after her death.

Multiple vigils were held across the city in her honour, and members of the public left tributes at the crime scene.

Her father Saeed said at the time he had 'many dreams to be with her, but cannot now'.

'Every day it hurts. I can't hug Aiia anymore. I can't see Aiia anymore. I can't get Aiia back.'

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