Australian Codey Herrmann sentenced to 36 years for killing Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe

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Australian Codey Herrmann has been sentenced to 36 years in jail for brutally killing Israeli exchange student Aiia Maasarwe.

The 21-year-old was killed in Melbourne while she was on FaceTime to her sister. Her body was found partially clothed in bushes in the north of the city in January.

Herrmann was sentenced in the Victorian Supreme Court on Tuesday after being charged with murder earlier this year.

According to 7 News, he set Maasarwe on fire after sexually assaulting her and beating her with a pole more than 10 times.

The victim was described as a "friendly, optimistic and kind young woman who had her whole life in front of her" by Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth, the ABC reports.

Justice Hollingworth told Herrmann at sentencing: "Treating her body this way showed utter contempt for her dignity".

Aiia's dad Saeed spoke to reporters outside court, according to the ABC, saying he didn't want to focus on revenge.

"This is not our compass, this is not our focus, but to care for the society, for the people, for the ladies [to be able to] go out and go back home."

He described his daughter as someone who "liked to help anyone".

Aiia had only been in Melbourne for about six months before her murder - on a study abroad programme at La Trobe University.

A scholarship at the university has been set up in her honour.


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