Courtney Herron: homeless woman’s death sparks outrage amongst Australians

Courtney Herron's death
Courtney Herron was killed in "horrendous bashing". Source: Pedestrian

Australians are calling attention to the country’s problematic issue on violence against women.

A few days ago, Courtney Herron’s lifeless body was found in a Melbourne park. She died a homeless woman at the age of 25 years old.

Authorities described her cause of death as a “horrendous bashing”.

27-year-old homeless man, Henry Hammond was charged with Herron’s murder.

Herron is one among the four women who were killed, their bodies dumped in public, in a span of just 12 months.

The killings have incited public outcry as the people of Melbourne mourn for these women who have been brutally killed by men.

Back in June last year, the body of Eurydice Dixon, 22, was found lifeless not too far from where Herron was found dead. Dixon was on her way home when she was raped and murdered by a man in Carlton.

Aiia Maasarwe
One of the women murdered in the past 12 months is 21-year-old exchange student, Aiia Maasarwe.
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21-year-old Aiia Maasarwe, an exchange student from Israel, was stalked and killed near her university. The killer dumped Maasarwe’s body near a shopping center. This was just seven months after Dixon’s brutal killing.

Last month, Natalina Angok fell victim to another horrendous murder. The man who killed her dumped her body in a Chinatown alleyway.

The killings have incited public outcry as the people of Melbourne mourn for these women who have been ruthlessly killed by men.

According to The Counting Dead Women project that focuses on “femicide” in Australia, 20 more unknown women were killed this year.

Luke Cornelius
Assistant Commisioner Luke Cornelius condemns killings.
Source: SBS

Luke Cornelius, Assistant Commissioner of Victoria Police have condemned the killings saying “This is about men’s behavior-it’s not about women’s behavior.”

Cornelius claims the killings has made him reflect about “what allows some men to think it’s still okay to attack women”.