Man Charged Over Bashing Death Of Melbourne Woman Courtney Herron
Police have arrested and charged a 27-year-old man of no fixed address with the murder of Melbourne woman Courtney Herron.
Herron was found dead in parkland off Elliott Avenue, Parkville about 9.15am on Saturday May 25 May, as the result of a "horrendous bashing".
"Homicide Squad detectives arrested and interviewed the 27-year-old on Sunday and charged him overnight with murder," Victoria Police said in a statement.
He is due to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court later on Monday.
Meanwhile, Courtney's friends and family are left to grapple with their loss.
"She was quiet and funny and nice. She didn't deserve this," Candice Adams, whose brother was dating Courtney, told 10 News First.
Candice's brother Daniel had been in a relationship with Courtney for the last few months. Candice herself is pregnant and said she was looking forward to introducing her baby to 'Aunty Courtney' when it is born.
"She was going to be Aunty Courtney to the baby. That was going to be her and now she is not here."
Even those who didn't know Courtney personally have been moved by her tragic death. Members of the public laid flowers at a make-shift memorial on Sunday near the place in Melbourne's Royal Park where her body was discovered.
"Whoever she was deserved more than that and deserved more respect than that," one man who laid flowers at the park told 10 News First.
"I don't feel safe anymore," a woman said after attending the memorial.
"I just feel so incredibly sad that this woman, that this has happened to her when she was on her own."
Police have described Herron's alleged murder as a "horrendous bashing".
"The level of violence involved here was extreme in my view," Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper told reporters on Sunday afternoon.
The last official sighting of Courtney was at St Albans police station north of Melbourne on May 14. Police believe she was couch surfing and sleeping rough in the weeks before her death.
"She had experiences with drugs and mental health issues and homelessness often comes as a factor of that," Stamper said.
Police thanked the community and media for their assistance during the investigation.