It’s happened again. Another woman has tragically been followed home and killed in Melbournestan:
“A young wannabe rapper is yet to be charged almost 24 hours after being arrested over the death of international student Aiia Maasarwe.
Codey Herrmann was arrested in a park in Greensborough about 11.20am on Friday and held in custody overnight. As of 10.30am Saturday, charges were yet to be laid against the 20-year-old. A Victoria Police spokeswoman has confirmed Herrmann was on police bail for property related matters at the time of his arrest.
“As the man is currently in custody in relation to the Bundoora homicide investigation and the matter will ultimately be before the Coroner, we are unable to make any further comments at this stage,” the spokeswoman said.
Aiia’s body was found on Wednesday morning on Main Drive in Bundoora, less than 100 metres from a tram stop on Plenty Road. Police believe the 21-year-old Arab-Israeli woman, who was studying at La Trobe University, was attacked soon after she stepped off the tram about 12.10am, bound for home after watching a comedy gig in the city.
Her killing has rocked Melbourne, where thousands have taken to the streets as well as social media to express outrage and grief over yet another unprovoked killing of a young woman who was simply going about her life.”
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill said this was “just an isolated incident”:
Just gag your Commissioners already Victoria Police, it’s getting embarrassing. Good thing she was compliant, right Steve Fontana?
We’ve been here before. A woman in Melbourne being followed home and killed while not being able to do anything about it. Just like Eurydice Dixon, Aiia was on her phone at the time – it seems calling the Police didn’t do anything for her either.
Unfortunately, the Australian public doesn’t seem to learn this lesson and will keep failing it. There are also many people calling for the death penalty for the offender. This is interesting as many of these people seem to have no problem with the government killing the offender after the fact, but are vehemently opposed to the innocent owning any tools which might result in harm to the offender before or during the attack, to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Sure, Australia enjoys much lower rates of crime than other countries however that doesn’t also mean you are safe from violent crime by any means – complacency is just as lethal.
Candlelit vigils, hashtags and vacuous Lisa Wilkinson monologues do not bring the victim back or do anything for the situation and they will just continue to happen.
Self-defence is the most basic of human rights for everyone, not just one gender, and without the practical means the right is useless. The change begins with the legalisation of non-lethal self-defence tools such as pepper spray, tasers and batons and for those who can meet a certain standard, licenced concealed firearms.
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MLC Jeff Bourman attempted to legalise pepper spray last year in Victoria and was rebuked by the major parties – this is the current contempt the major parties have for the public, yet are quite eager to exploit the misery of tragedies like this.
Let’s not also forget that 45 Australian Senators, including 19 female Senators, voted against a motion by Senator Fraser Anning to legalise the import of pepper spray and tasers last year:
The most hypocritical of these was Derryn Hinch, who also voted against the motion and has been on Twitter raging about this incident. Much justice there, Derryn.
This is how women in Australia should be able to protect themselves from violence:
Not just women, every law-abiding citizen should have this ability.
Have as many social media outrages as you want, you’re either for the protection of human life or you are not.
If only Australians put as much time and effort into lobbying and bringing out about practical solutions such as the legalisation of self-defence tools, as they do covering themselves in fake virtue and complaining in Facebook echo chambers in the aftermath of these incidents, then we’d be in a much better place.