Woman attacked after getting off Melb tram

A young woman was sexually assaulted after getting off a tram in Melbourne’s north, a day before an Israeli student was raped and murdered in the same area.

Police say the 20-year-old was sexually assaulted after getting off a tram in Plenty Road, Preston on January 15.

Her unknown attacker approached her on Bell Street, after getting off the same number 45 tram, on route 86, around 10.44pm. He fled on foot after the assault.

Police have released an image of a man in his 20s who is described as thin, with an olive complexion, short black hair, about 165cm tall and wearing a black shirt and pants.

The body of Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was found the next morning, on January 16, by a passerby in the neighbouring suburb Bundoora after walking home from her tram stop.

Aspiring rapper Codey Herrmann has been charged with her rape and murder.


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