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Aya Maasarwe's Killer Writes 'Sorry' Letter To Her Family

Codey Herrmann has apologised in court for raping, murdering and setting fire to a young woman on her way home from a Melbourne night out.

The 21-year-old repeatedly beat Aya Maasarwe over the head with a metal pole, sexually assaulted her and covered her inflammable WD-40 spray before setting it alight in suburban Melbourne in January.

Herrmann, awaiting sentence for the horrific crime, does not expect forgiveness.

Image: Twitter / Candice Wyatt

"I'm sorry," he said in a letter to his victim's family read to Victoria's Supreme Court by lawyer Tim Marsh on Thursday.

"Your daughter didn't deserve such a terrible and tragic thing to happen to her.

"I will try to make amends for the rest of my life."

He urged others, "don't give in to hate like I did".

Aya Maasarwe was killed on her way home from a night out in Melbourne. Image: Supplied

The apology came as prosecutors asked for a life sentence for the attack upon 21-year-old Maasarwe after she hopped off a tram at Bundoora.

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