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  • Codey Herrmann raped and killed international student Aiia Maasarwe
  • Appalling crime shocked Melbourne in early 2019
  • The killer was sentenced to 36 years in prison, but we’ll see if it’s extended
  • Kerri Judd QC said Herrmann should have received a maximum life sentence

The man who raped and killed international student Aiia Maasarwe in Melbourne will know if his sentence will be extended to nearly four decades.

Prosecutors appealed Codey Herrmann 36-year sentence for the gruesome rape and murder of Aiia Maasarwe, alleging he had been too lenient in his crimes.

Herrmann hit the unconscious 21-year-old with a metal rod, s*xually assaulted her and set her on fire.

He was ordered to serve at least 30 years of that prison sentence before he could be paroled.

But Victoria chief prosecutor Kerri Judd QC said Herrmann should have been given a life sentence.

“It was a cruel, cruel and premeditated murder of an unsuspecting young woman who was the hapless and arbitrary victim of primitive male wrath,” Judd told a five-person jury at the Supreme Court in Victoria.

Elizabeth Hollingworth’s court ruling placed too much emphasis on Herrmann’s traumatic and private past and not enough on protecting the community, he said.

Appeals judges are expected to announce their decision on Friday afternoon.

Ms. Maasarwe arrived in Australia in August 2018 for a one-year exchange program with La Trobe University in Bundoora.

She was on her way home after a night out to call one of her brothers in Israel when Herrmann attacked her.

“I didn’t expect you to answer,” was all Ms. Maasarwe could say before the phone hit the ground.

His last words to his attacker were “piece of shit” in Arabic.

Herrmann was homeless at the time. He had a history of drug addiction and severe personality disorders.

A forensic psychiatrist said the trauma, abuse, neglect and deprivation suffered by indigenous youth was so extreme that the damage occurred as young as two years old.

His lawyer Tim Marsh said the verdict was harsh and his prospects for rehabilitation were not zero, meaning it was impossible to say if he would still pose a threat to the community.