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‘So bleak as to defy description’: confronting the life of Aiia Maasarwe’s killer

‘So bleak as to defy description’: confronting the life of

The Victorian supreme court has wrestled with the origins and consequences of Codey Herrmann’s horrific rape and murder of 21-year-old Maasarwe
Defence barrister Tim Marsh has a philosophical bent. A plea hearing is not a search for truth, he told the Victorian supreme court, but it is a search for an explanation. It was his task to explain why Codey Herrmann, aged 20, with no prior convictions and no history of violence, would viciously bash a young woman with a metal pipe, rape and murder her, and set her body on fire.“I think it’s important for me to concede at the start that I will ultimately fall short in this task,” Marsh conceded to Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth at the hearing’s opening last Tuesday. “There is not an explanation I can give you that is going to get us from that start to that finish.” Continue reading…

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Publish date : 2019-10-07 00:14:06

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