The heartbroken mother of slain Celeste Manno is fighting to overhaul the justice system after the young woman was allegedly murdered inside her home in Melbourne’s north by her alleged stalker.
The heartbroken mother of slain Celeste Manno is fighting to overhaul the justice system after the young woman was allegedly murdered inside her home in Melbourne's north by her alleged stalker.
The 23-year-old was allegedly stabbed to death by her former colleague Luay Sako in her Mernda home last month.
Grieving mother Aggie Di Mauro and brother Alessandro Manno have joined forces with Derryn Hinch's Justice Party MP Tania Maxwell, with a petition calling for tougher penalties in cases of alleged stalking.
The change.org petition was launched by a friend of the slain young woman, Naciye Erel, after her horrific death.
More than 8000 people have signed the petition as outpouring of grief and anger continues to ripple through the community.
Ms Di Mauro is calling for earlier and stronger responses to breaches of intervention orders, including for high-risk perpetrators to be tracked by GPS monitoring, claiming the justice system failed her daughter.
"My daughter felt safe, but not for long," she said.
"Intervention orders give victims little peace of mind – it needs to be more than a piece of paper.
"I can't do anything for my daughter again, so I'm doing this in the hope that others will be protected."
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The mother claimed her 23-year-old daughter was allegedly harassed by Mr Sako, who bombarded with dozens of messages for more than a year.
Ms Di Mauro and Mr Manno will issue their pleas for change to the Attorney-General today, shining a light on enforcement issues around intervention and restraining orders.
Ms Maxwell said intervention orders give little comfort to victims, as they were often breached without serious ramifications for the offender, leave victims feeling isolated and exposed.
"We see time and again offenders giving little regard to intervention and restraining orders. Meanwhile their victims remain trapped and terrified," she said.
"We owe it to every victim of stalking to try to seriously strengthen the enforcement of the laws and conditions on stalkers.
"We must escalate the consequences for those who deliberately taunt, follow and inflict fear and harm on others."
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/heartbroken-mother-of-slain-celeste-manno-calls-for-justice-system-overhaul/a5e8776c-4680-4ff1-9f70-8ad75322574e