Angry northern Israel residents protest murder of Israeli-Arab student in Australia
Hundreds of people are demonstrating Saturday in the Arab city of Baqa al-Gharbiyye in northern Israel, over the horrific murder of 21-year-old Israeli-Arab student Aya Masarwe in Melbourne.
Protesters condemn the brutal murder and demand life imprisonment for the murderer.
Codey Herrmann, 20, was largely silent during a brief hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Saturday afternoon.
The magistrate told him: ‘It’s alleged you murdered Aya Masarwe and it’s alleged you raped that person.’
When asked if he knew what he was being charged with, Herrmann replied: ‘Yes.’
He was remanded in custody and will next appear in court on Monday after a mental health assessment.
Aya was brutally raped, killed and burned in an attempt to hide evidence, after getting off a tram on her way home while she was speaking on FaceTime with her sister.
Her partially naked body was found in parkland near a shopping center on Wednesday morning.
Aya’s heartbroken father Saeed broke down and cried while speaking to reporters at the spot where her body was found.