A person charged with the grotesque stabbing homicide of a younger graduate has formally pleaded not responsible to the killing.
Luay Nader Sako, 36, of Roxburgh Park appeared within the Melbourne Magistrates’ Courtroom through videolink from jail on Monday the place he entered the not responsible plea.
It’s the first time Sako has been seen in courtroom since his arrest in November over the brutal stabbing homicide of Celeste Manno.
Celeste Manno, 23, was allegedly murdered in her Melbourne residence in November final yr
Luay Sako, 35, handed himself in to native police hours after Ms Manno’s loss of life and was taken to hospital below police guard, and was charged with homicide
The 35-year-old allegedly smashed by way of his former colleague’s window at her household residence in Mernda, in Melbourne’s northeast, earlier than repeatedly stabbing her with a knife as she lay in mattress about 4.10am.
He then allegedly fled over a fence that was left stained with blood.
Sako handed himself in to native police hours later and was taken to hospital below police guard and handled for a hand damage that required surgical procedure.
At his first courtroom listening to in November – considered one of many he refused to attend in individual – the courtroom heard Sako had no psychological well being points and was not on any treatment on the time his 23-year previous sufferer was allegedly killed.
His barrister, Sam Norton from Stary Norton Halphen, now hopes to have his consumer cleared on the grounds of psychological impairment.
He instructed the courtroom on Monday Sako’s not responsible plea was primarily based on medical opinion.
Mr Norton instructed the courtroom he hoped the matter can be resolved by his subsequent courtroom look in October.
‘We hope we are going to resolve this with out witnesses being known as,’ he mentioned.
Ms Manno’s older brother Jayden Manno was on the hyperlink to listen to his sister’s alleged killer enter the not responsible plea.
Ms Manno was Sako’s workforce chief at a Serco name centre earlier than he was fired from the function
Sako had been freed to reside locally on the time of the alleged homicide after being charged with breaching a restraining order.
Ms Manno was Sako’s workforce chief at a Serco name centre in South Morang and comforted him when he left the corporate a yr earlier.
Sako’s household was devastated by his arrest and mentioned they didn’t know a lot about what he had been doing on the time.
He had been unemployed and dwelling at his mother or father’s home.
There was an outpouring of grief over the stunning loss of life of Ms Manno, who was presupposed to be celebrating her birthday that week.
Ms Manno’s boyfriend Chris Ridsdale was amongst many household and associates who mourned the beloved younger lady within the days after her loss of life.
‘She was presupposed to be having Christmas with our household. Her household. Her mom. Her brothers,’ he mentioned on the time.
Mr Ridsdale revealed her pleasure to add the primary picture of them as a pair to her social media profiles.
‘We took this image on Saturday this week,’ he wrote.
‘We talked and joked about how this might be the primary image of us collectively on her social media and he or she was so excited to share it with everybody.
‘I used to be instructed, very clearly, that this was to be my new profile image.’
Mr Ridsdale mentioned he hardly ever makes use of his social media accounts, however uploaded it on as a particular tribute Ms Manno.
‘Now it looks as if one of the best factor I can do for her. To point out everybody how a lot she meant to me and the way stunning she was,’ he mentioned.
Ms Manno is pictured together with her accomplice, Chris Ridsdale, who had been wanting ahead to celebrating her birthday the week she was killed
Within the weeks following Ms Manno’s loss of life, the daddy of Melbourne lady Courtney Herron backed calls by her household for quick change to Victoria’s justice system.
There was an outpouring of grief for Ms Manno
John Herron instructed Day by day Mail Australia that the Victorian Authorities wanted to take quick steps to finish violence towards girls.
The loss of life of Ms Manno has introduced again haunting reminiscences for Mr Herron of the day his daughter was murdered.
In Might 2019, Courtney, was bashed to loss of life in a Melbourne park in essentially the most horrific of how.
Her killer Henry Hammond was later discovered not responsible by a decide who accepted he was mentally impaired on the time.
‘Our household’s coronary heart sinks at one more younger lady’s life brutally lower brief,’ Mr Herron instructed Day by day Mail Australia.
‘It appears to be an countless cycle and but there may be little or no that the authorities are doing to deal with the state of affairs.’
Ms Manno’s father, Tony Manno, mentioned the justice system had let his lady down.
‘It let my daughter down,’ he mentioned. ‘And it’s gotta be modified. It received’t convey her again nevertheless it must be modified.’
Jayden Manno expressed comparable considerations over Victoria’s revolving door justice system.
‘It’s harrowing. Such a mindless act,’ Jayden mentioned.
‘It ought to by no means have occurred to our household, to not anybody’s household. This will’t occur.’
Grieving household: Ms Manno’s brothers Jayden (left), Alesandro, uncle Gabriel and father Tony Manno, together with her beloved child niece Daisy, addressed the media in November
A grief-stricken man is pictured laying flowers outdoors the house of Ms Manno
Pictured: The crime scene in Mernda the place Ms Manno was discovered lifeless