Australian Who Raped, Murdered Israeli Student Aya Masarwe Sentenced to 36 Years

Masarwe, who is from the central Israeli city of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, had been studying at La Trobe University in Melbourne for the previous five months as an exchange student from Shanghai University in China

Two women stand at a floral tribute at the scene where the body of Israeli student Aya Masarwe was found earlier in the week in Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2019.
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An Australian judge has sentenced a man to 36 years in prison for the murder and rape of an Israeli student in the city of Melbourne.

Victoria state Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth on Tuesday ordered Codey Herrmann to serve at least 30 years behind bars for his crimes against 21-year-old Aya Maasarwe in January.

Herrmann had pleaded guilty to repeatedly beating Maasarwe with a metal pole, sexually assaulting her and setting her on fire in the attack.

Hollingworth said: "Women should be free to walk the streets alone without fear of being violently attacked by a stranger."

Aya Masarwe, from the central Israeli city of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, had been studying at La Trobe University in Melbourne for the previous five months as an exchange student from Shanghai University in China.

She was on her way home from a Melbourne comedy club and was speaking to her younger sister in Israel on FaceTime when she was attacked shortly after stepping from a tram in the Melbourne suburb of Bundoora.