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.


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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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