Commissioner's Pledge To Keep Women Safe After Aya Maasarwe's Killer Jailed
Victoria’s Victims of Crime Commissioner is concerned governments aren't showing the same urgency to combat violence against women as they are in the fight against terrorism.
Her comments, told to 10 News First, came after the brave father of murdered foreign student Aya Maasarwe called on state and federal governments to make the streets safer for women.
Saeed Maasarwe never wants to see another woman's life taken on the streets of Melbourne.
“We need to care for the society, for the people and for the ladies go out and come back home,” he said on the steps of Victoria’s Supreme Court.
Aya Massarwe, 21, was bashed to death in an unprovoked attack as she walked home in January.
Codey Herrmann has been locked up for at least 30 years, with Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth setting a maximum sentence of 36 years.
Herrmann, 21, could be 51 when he's released.
Victoria’s Victims of Crime Commissioner Fiona McCormack has questioned whether the issue of violence against women is a priority for those in power.
“When you think about the funding, coordination, effort that goes into addressing terrorism as it should, I just wonder the sense of urgency,” McCormack said.
“Particularly when we think of the number of Australian murders."
The prosecution and the defence have four weeks to appeal the sentence. The government has been cautious in its response.
The state's Attorney-General Jill Hennessy declined to comment on the sentence itself.
“The family have behaved in a way that I think many others couldn't,” Hennessy said.
“They have been incredibly decent in the face of unspeakable tragedy and grief."
Saeed Maasarwe is urging governments and police to do more to make our streets safer.
“After three years, 10 years, 20 years, 30 years, He can go continue his life as normal,” he said.
“How we can protect society and protect the lady and go safety home?”
It’s grief Aya's family will live with, as they return to Aya’s home nation of Israel.