Facebook image of Codey Herrmann, who calls himself Codey Kulla Kulla or Kody Wrex, who is accused of murdering Aiia Maasarwe.
Facebook image of Codey Herrmann, who calls himself Codey Kulla Kulla or Kody Wrex, who is accused of murdering Aiia Maasarwe.

Inside filthy squat of accused killer

The derelict squat house where 20-year-old Codey Herrmann was living before Aiia Maasarwe's alleged rape and murder is covered in graffiti, its kitchen trashed and rubbish strewn on the filthy floors.

The squalid home, in northern Melbourne suburb of Bundoora just a two minute drive from where Ms Maasarwe's body was found last Wednesday, is Mr Herrmann's last known address.

Police charged him last Friday with the 21-year-old Israeli student's rape and murder.

The walls and windows spray-painted, the kitchen unusable with the sink wrenched out and the cupboards splintered, the house lay abandoned at the weekend.

Police removed bags of evidence on Friday from the dilapidated dwelling after taking Mr Herrmann into custody.

He was arrested in a small suburban park in Greensborough, a short drive from Bundoora, at 11.30am on Friday.

The trashed kitchen at the derelict squat house at Bundoora which is Codey Herrmann last known address. Picture: Andrew Henshaw.
The trashed kitchen at the derelict squat house at Bundoora which is Codey Herrmann last known address. Picture: Andrew Henshaw.

An aspiring rapper, Codey Herrmann is believed to be an anti-Australia Day activist who grew up in the Bundoora area.

Three years ago at the age of 17, he went missing in the area while a student at Bundoora Secondary College.

Mr Herrmann's Facebook pages show he was very active online on January 11, when he posted 18 times on his account under the name Codey Wrex.

Three days earlier, on January 8, he posted the words, "international girl of mystery, you knows who you are".

Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe was allegedly murdered in Melbourne six months after arriving to study English. Picture: Instagram
Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe was allegedly murdered in Melbourne six months after arriving to study English. Picture: Instagram

Less than a day after her alleged rape and murder, on January 16, he posted a picture of himself on Facebook holding a can of Jack Daniels and coke.

On Facebook last November, Mr Herrmann posted about being pepper-sprayed by police.

Mr Herrmann has been remanded in custody after facing Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with one count of murder and one count of rape.

The young Palestinian Arab Israeli's father, Saeed Maasarwe arrived in Melbourne on Thursday to identify her body and attended a vigil at La Trobe University.

Aiia Maasarwe had moved to Australia six months ago was studying English at La Trobe and was living in Bundoora near the campus.

Her uncle Rame Maasarwe described his niece as an adventurous person who loved to travel.

"She's positive, she likes to have fun, she's a very friendly person. I was very proud of her, she was a very good person, a very loving person," Mr Maasarwe told The Age.

A prayer wake and reading for Ms Maasarwe was held at Melbourne’s UMMA mosque with the woman’s father Saeed (above, in blue shirt) attending. Picture: Nicole Cleary.
A prayer wake and reading for Ms Maasarwe was held at Melbourne’s UMMA mosque with the woman’s father Saeed (above, in blue shirt) attending. Picture: Nicole Cleary.

 

Grafitti covers walls and windows of the squalid house where the young man accused of Aiia Maasarwe’s murder was living. Picture: Andrew Henshaw.
Grafitti covers walls and windows of the squalid house where the young man accused of Aiia Maasarwe’s murder was living. Picture: Andrew Henshaw.
The dilapidated house and yard of the Bundoora house was a two minutes drive from where Ms Maasarwe’s body was found last Wednesday. Picture: James Mottershead.
The dilapidated house and yard of the Bundoora house was a two minutes drive from where Ms Maasarwe’s body was found last Wednesday. Picture: James Mottershead.
Facebook image of Codey Herrmann.
Facebook image of Codey Herrmann.
Codey Herrmann post this on Facebook last week.
Codey Herrmann post this on Facebook last week.
Police remove bags of evidence from the squat house where Codey Herrmann had been living. Picture: James Mottershead.
Police remove bags of evidence from the squat house where Codey Herrmann had been living. Picture: James Mottershead.
Police tape outside the graffiti-scrawled house at Bundoora where the accused had been living before his arrest. Picture: David Caird.
Police tape outside the graffiti-scrawled house at Bundoora where the accused had been living before his arrest. Picture: David Caird.
Police collect evidence at the address of the squalid home where Mr Herrmann was living until last Friday. Picture: James Mottershead.
Police collect evidence at the address of the squalid home where Mr Herrmann was living until last Friday. Picture: James Mottershead.
The house at Bundoora was strewn with items and had little in the way of furniture. Picture: Andrew Henshaw
The house at Bundoora was strewn with items and had little in the way of furniture. Picture: Andrew Henshaw
Police arrested Codey Herrmann, who lived at the house (above) in a suburban park a short drive away. Picture: Andrew Henshaw
Police arrested Codey Herrmann, who lived at the house (above) in a suburban park a short drive away. Picture: Andrew Henshaw
Codey Herrmann, in police custody. Picture: Alex Coppel.
Codey Herrmann, in police custody. Picture: Alex Coppel.
Police charged him last Friday. Picture: Alex Coppel
Police charged him last Friday. Picture: Alex Coppel


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