Australia: Killer pleads guilty to horrific rape and murder of Israeli-Arab student
Aya Masarwe’s killer has formally admitted to a charge of murder, but only after he surprised the Supreme Court when he mistakenly entered a plea of not guilty to rape.
Codey Herrmann pleaded guilty last week to killing Israeli-Arab student Aya Masarwe, 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 today he stroked his beard and answered “not guilty” to the rape charge, prompting intervention from his barrister and a do-over where he pleaded guilty to both charges.
Aya Masarwe, a 21-year-old Israeli-Arab student was murdered in Melbourne while she was speaking on FaceTime with her sister.
Aya was brutally attacked in North Melbourne after a night out with friends late Tuesday night, and her partially-naked body was found in bushes the following morning.
The 21-year-old student, who was reportedly five months into a year-long exchange program at Melbourne’s LaTrobe University, was riding a tram home from a comedy club to Bundoora before she was met by Codey Herrmann around midnight.
She got off a tram outside a shopping center and called her sister, who was overseas, to catch up, but as they were talking she was attacked.
Aya is believed to have dropped the phone as the horrendous crime was committed, and her sister then “heard voices” and alerted police.
Herrmann, who was 20 at the time of his arrest, was charged three days after the crime. It was later revealed he had no fixed address.
Hermann posted rap songs on his Facebook account before the murder and went by a rap alias McCodez.
On January 8, he posted this sinister message: “International girl of mystery, you knows who you are.”