Man, 20, arrested over murder of Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe

A YOUNG man has been arrested over the random, brutal murder of Israeli student Aiia Massarwe in Melbourne.

“The 20-year-old was arrested in Greensborough by local police working in partnership with homicide detectives about 11.20am,” Victoria Police said in a statement.

It’s understood the man was identified as a key suspect after forensic tests were conducted on a black cap and a grey t-shirt found dumped near where Ms Massarwe’s body was found.

The 21-year-old exchange student was on her way home from a show at The Comics Lounge in North Melbourne and was speaking to her sister via FaceTime on her phone when she was attacked.

Grainy CCTV footage released by police shows Ms Maasarwe leaving the club wearing a white or grey t-shirt with writing on it and a dark skirt.

(Source: Victoria Police)

It’s understood Ms Maasarwe was driven by friends from the club into the CBD, where she caught the Route 86 tram from Bourke Street about 10.50pm.

Her killer, described by police as “opportunistic”, is believed to have followed her after she got off the tram at Plenty Road near Main Drive at Bundoora about 12.10am.

Ms Maasarwe’s body was found in a grass area outside Polaris shopping centre, just 100 metres from the tram stop and one kilometre from her accommodation, on Wednesday morning.

Described as intelligent, funny and gifted in learning new languages, the 21-year-old only arrived in Melbourne five months ago for a one-year exchange program at La Trobe University.

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Men charged with ‘sexually penetrating child under 12’

TWO men have been arrested and charged with multiple counts of ‘sexually penetrating a child’ after allegedly molesting and repeatedly raping two young girls in Melbourne’s southwest.

In a statement on Sunday morning, Victoria Police said the men, aged 21 and 23, allegedly committed “serious sexual offences” against two girls aged under 16 and 12 in Werribee on December 3.

Following a protracted investigation, Investigators from the Westgate Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team yesterday arrested a 21-year-old man from Noble Park.

He was charged with two counts of sexual assaulting a child under 16, three counts of sexually penetrating a child under 16 and one of sexually penetrating a child under 12.

The man was remanded in custody and will appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday.

His arrest comes five days after a 23-year-old man from Werribee was arrested over his alleged involvement in the incident.

He was charged on Tuesday with three counts of sexual assaulting a child under 16, four counts of sexually penetrating a child under 12 and one of sexually penetrating a child under 16.

The 23-year-old was remanded to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on May 6.

It is not known if the men knew the girls, or where exactly the assaults allegedly occurred.

Victoria Police said the investigation is ongoing.

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Mother dies in hospital after alleged hit-run

A MOTHER has sadly died in hospital after being mowed down by a car in an alleged hit-run in Melbourne’s southwest.

Ramaine ‘Stay’ Meldrum, 47, was on a motorcycle, riding along the Princes Highway at Wyndham Vale when she was hit by a silver Toyota Hilux about 4pm on Friday.

She was rushed to hospital in a critical condition but sadly succumbed to her injuries and passed away last night.

Friends and relatives of Ms Meldrum have described her as a “bubbly” and “friendly” person and an experienced motorcyclist who had been riding for “well over 20 years”.

It’s alleged the driver who hit the mother left the scene following the collision.

Following investigations, police attended a house in Wyndham Vale about 6.30pm where they arrested a 45-year-old man.

He was interviewed before being released pending further enquiries.

Detectives are urging anyone who witnessed the crash or may have been driving through the area with a dash camera to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Toddler killed in tragic tractor accident

A toddler has died after being struck by a tractor trailer in Victoria.

Emergency services rushed to a property at Naringal around 11.00am, following reports a child had been hit by the engineering vehicle.

An air ambulance was also tasked to the scene, however sadly, the child could not be revived.

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.

WorkSafe and Victoria Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

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Police stunned at woman’s excuse for letting 13yo boy drive car

POLICE were shocked to discover a 13-year-old boy behind the wheel of a car they intercepted for a random breath test overnight.

The child was pulled over on Echuca Road in Mooroopna about 7.15pm, with a female adult in the passenger seat.

When officers asked the woman why the youngster was allowed to drive the car, she allegedly told them “He wanted to drive and I didn’t want to listen to the nagging”.

The boy was issued with a ticket for unlicensed driving.

The intercept was part of a state-wide holiday road operation, which sees police out in force to target drink and drug driving, speed, distraction, fatigue and failure to wear restraints.