Melbourne woman Courtney Herron’s father has supported Celeste Manno’s family calls for an immediate change in the judicial system in Victoria.
John Herron told Daily Mail Australia on Friday that the Victorian government must take immediate action to end violence against women.
His calls echo those of the Manno family, who lost the 23-year-old in a wild murder on Monday.
John Herron clings to the photo of his daughter Courtney, who was beaten to death by Henry Hammond last year
Celeste Manno, 23, is said to have been killed in her Melbourne home in the early hours of Monday morning
Courtney Herron was brutally killed by a man who doctors say was not guilty of murder because he was mentally ill
The death of Mrs. Manno brought haunting memories back to Mr. Herron on the day his daughter was murdered.
Last May, Courtney was terribly beaten to death in a Melbourne park.
In August, her killer, Henry Hammond, was found not guilty by a judge who accepted that he was mentally impaired at the time.
“The heart of our family sinks with the life of another young woman who has been brutally shortened,” Herron told Daily Mail Australia.
“It seems like an endless cycle and yet the authorities are doing very little to address the situation.”
Luay Sako, 35, of Roxburgh Park, was charged with the murder of Ms. Manno Thursday evening.
Melbourne Magistrates’ Court heard that Sako had no mental health problems and was not taking any medication at the time he allegedly killed Ms. Manno.
Sako is said to have smashed through the window of his former colleague in her family home in northeast Melbourne before repeatedly stabbing her with a knife while she was in bed.
Shortly afterwards he surrendered to the police.
Sako was on bail at the time after violating an intervention warrant issued against him by his victim.
Her father, Tony Manno, said the judicial system failed his girl.
“It failed my daughter,” he said. “And it has to be changed. It won’t bring them back, but it has to be changed. ‘
Ms. Manno’s brother Jayden raised similar concerns about the revolving door justice system in Victoria.
‘It’s harrowing. What a pointless act, ”Jayden said.
“It should never have happened to our family, not to anyone’s family. That can’t happen. ‘
Jayden said everyone has the right to live their life in the safety of their own home.
Luay Sako, 35, surrendered to local police hours after Ms. Manno’s death, was rushed to hospital under police protection and charged with murder on Thursday evening
Henry Hammond (27) beat Courtney Herron (25) to death in a park in Melbourne. He was found not guilty of mental impairment
John Herron and his daughter Courtney in happier times. She was brutally killed by Henry Hammond, who was found not guilty of murder because of mental impairment
THE STEPS THAT BRING COURTNEY’S KILLER BACK TO THE STREETS
December 17, 2018: Henry Hammond is sentenced to 10 months and 14 days for a ferocious assault on a woman
Hammond had beaten and strangled the woman and threatened to kill her
She only escaped by poking out his eyes
Hammond had previous NSW crimes related to domestic violence
April 1, 2019: Hammond was behind bars for 231 days when he won an appeal in the County Court of Victoria
Judge John Carmody re-sentenced Hammond to a time already served and added an order to correct the community
May 25, 2019: Courtney Herron meets Hammond in Melbourne and treats him to dinner.
Security footage from the Fitzroy restaurant shows the couple enjoying talking.
The couple join a group of Ms. Herron’s friends and smoke ice cream together. Friends are filming their conversation because they are “acting strange”.
May 26, 2019: Hammond and wife Herron take an early morning walk in Royal Park before he beats them to death with a branch and buries them in piles of leaves and branches.
Dog walkers find Courtney Herron’s mutilated body at 9.25 a.m.
May 28, 2019: Henry Hammond is charged with the murder of Ms. Herron after a series of leads sparked a manhunt in Melbourne’s business district
Hammond tells police that he recognized the 25-year-old from a previous life. He says he killed her in revenge for killing his wife
May 31, 2019: Thousands attended a silent vigil organized for Ms. Herron
September 16, 2019: Hammond set to be examined by a forensic psychiatrist
December 18, 2019: Hammond pleads not guilty of murder in Melbourne Magistrates Court
January 7th, 2020: Ms. Herron’s father John speaks about the death of his daughter: “She died unnecessarily. “She had the world at her feet.”
July 21, 2020: Hammond relocated to a mental health facility after a court agrees he cannot stand trial
Aug 17, 2020: A judge finds Hammond not guilty of murdering Ms. Herron for suffering from schizophrenia
Mr. Herron said the murder of Ms. Manno left him powerless.
“I fight the state all the way … it goes up and down like it always will be,” he said.
“You get periods when you only wish your daughter was back and it never will.”
Mr. Herron remembered fond memories of his own daughter as a small child when he saw her wake up in her bed in the morning.
“She snuggled into bed with me at five in the morning preparing her for school, and it’s all about you – the state’s utter indifference to it,” he said.
“If you have a child and daughter, you should know for sure what I’m talking about and how I feel.”
Courtney hadn’t known Hammond when he cruelly killed her.
“Are you going to kill me?” had asked his daughter before Hammond hit her over the head with a branch.
A witness later told police he believed Hammond went “hell for leather” for at least 50 minutes.
Hours earlier, his victim had kindly offered him a cigarette and eaten it with a complete stranger.
Mr. Herron hopes the Victorian coroner will conduct his own investigation into his daughter’s case.
“Under Section 52 of the Coroner’s Act, this would be mandatory because there is an element of domestic violence in the previous victim that they would have to do,” Herron said.
Hammond had been released early from prison by the district court for a violent assault on his then girlfriend.
Similar investigations by the coroner were conducted on the murdered Melbourne woman Jill Meagher and the murderer James Gargasoulas of Bourke Street, whose horrific rampage in January 2017 left six dead.
“But now a woman is killed like this, she doesn’t want one. The coroner did not contact me. And there is also a petition, ”said Herron.
The shocking alleged murder of Mrs. Manno, who was due to celebrate her birthday this week, was filled with sadness.
Mrs. Manno is full of sadness
Ms. Manno’s boyfriend, Chris Ridsdale, was among many family members and friends who mourned their beloved young woman in the days following her death.
“She should have Christmas with our family. Your family. Her mother. Your brothers, ”he said.
Mr Ridsdale was excited to upload the first photo of them as a couple on their social media profiles.
“We took this picture on Saturday of this week,” he wrote.
“We talked and joked about what this would be the first picture of us we shared on her social media, and she was so excited to share it with everyone.
“I was told very clearly that this should be my new profile picture.”
Mr Ridsdale said he rarely uses his social media accounts but uploaded them on Wednesday as a special tribute to Ms. Manno.
“Now it seems like the best I can do for you. To show everyone how much she meant to me and how beautiful she was, ”he said.
Ms. Manno’s younger brother Alessandro said: “It was only two days since we both made homemade pizzas together, had a great time by the pool and talked about seeing our niece tomorrow.”
“I can’t believe you’re gone and I’ll never see you again. You were so perfect in every way and I just can’t believe this is real. ‘
Sako will be on trial again next year.
Ms. Manno was Sako’s team leader at a Serco call center before he was released from the role
Mrs. Manno is pictured with her partner Chris Ridsdale, who was looking forward to celebrating her birthday this week