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Australian court remands man charged in Palestinian student's killing

The father of the slain student attended a vigil with hundreds of locals [Getty]

Date of publication: 21 January, 2019

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Codey Herrmann, aged 20, who was charged with the murder of a Palestinian student last week has been remanded in custody, the spokeswoman for the Melbourne Magistrate Court said.
An Australian man accused of killing a Palestinian student has been remanded in custody until June, a court in the country said on Monday, adding that bail was not sought.

Codey Herrmann, aged 20, appeared in court after being charged with the murder last week, the spokeswoman for the Melbourne Magistrate Court said.

"No application for bail was made, and the case was adjourned until June," she said.

He attacked the 21-year-old Palestinian student as she was was speaking to her sister on the phone at midnight on Wednesday, on the way home from a comedy show.

Her body was found in bushes near a tram stop by passers-by several hours later, in what authorities have described as an "absolutely horrendous, horrific attack".

Herrmann appeared in Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Saturday to face charges of rape and murder.

Maasarwe was killed after getting off a tram near the university where she was completing a year-long exchange.

Hundreds of people dressed in black to hold several vigils in Melbourne for Maasarwe on Friday, including filling the 86 tram, which she was believed to have ridden on her way home, with flowers.

Her father Saeed broke down at the crime scene, where dozens of flowers and messages from the public were left nearby in support.

"I feel very, very sad from one side, but from another side, when I get this support and this help - from the people, from the community, from the police - it makes the suffering to feel a little more better," he told reporters.

"I want to be with her for more time, but someone decided I cannot be."

Agencies contributed to this report.

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