Aiia Maasarwe uploaded this picture of herself skydiving to her Instagram account. Her family was left devastated by the senseless killing.Source:Instagram
“The expert evidence of Associate Professor Andrew Carroll, a forensic psychiatrist, established that Codey Herrmann’s severe personality disorder was the direct result of his childhood deprivation, and that there was a clear causal connection between his impaired mental functioning and the offending,” the judgment said.
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“In our respectful view, her Honour was fully justified in viewing Codey Herrmann as less morally culpable for this atrocious conduct than a person who had not suffered such deprivation and impairment.”
Director of Public Prosecutions Kerri Judd QC told the court in an appeal hearing in March that Herrmann should be jailed for life to protect the community.
But his lawyer Tim Marsh had said a minimum of 30 years was an appropriate sentence.
He argued it was right that Herrmann’s young age, personality disorder, Aboriginal disadvantage and deprived upbringing were taken into account by sentencing judge Elizabeth Hollingworth.
The nation was left reeling and in shock after Aiia Maasarwe was raped and murdered while studying in Melbourne in an unprovoked attack.Source:News Corp Australia
“The learned sentencing judge’s remarks and conclusions are unremarkable, uncontentious and balanced,” he said.
“(She) summarises the respondent’s developmental history, acknowledging the respondent’s infancy as one of extreme physical and emotional deprivation.
“She recognised, inferentially, that he ought not to be viewed in the same way as ‘a person who had had the advantage of a stable upbringing and whose values had been shaped by appropriate parenting’.”
Ms Judd had argued a minimum of 30 years for the murder was “manifestly inadequate”, but the Court of Appeal disagreed.
“Violent, unprovoked and sexually motivated offending against women in the public domain has an impact on the community as a whole,” Ms Judd said in March.
“(It) restricts the free movement of people within our society, particularly women.”
“This was a vicious, callous and intentional killing of an unsuspecting young woman.
Hermann could not explain his motive for the rape and murder other than that he “hated the world”, the court was told.
“The killing was perpetrated against a young woman who was a stranger to the respondent and who was simply walking home on a public street,” Ms Judd said.
Hermann, who was only 20 years old when he killed Ms Maasarwe, will be eligible for release in 2049.