Man charged with murder following Parkville death

Melbourne: Homicide Squad detectives have arrested and charged a 27-year-old man of no fixed abode following the death of Courtney Herron.

Courtney was found deceased in parkland off Elliott Avenue, Parkville about 9.15am on Saturday 25 May.

Homicide Squad detectives arrested and interviewed the 27-year-old on Sunday and charged him overnight with one count of murder, a Victoria Police news news release said.

He will appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court later today.

Police would like to thank the community and media for their assistance during the investigation.

Earlier, media reports said quoting police identified Herron as a 25-year-old woman of no fixed address who was victim of “a horrendous bashing” on Friday night that occurred before she was found dead in Royal Park in Parkville, Melbourne.

“Courtney had experienced issues with drugs and mental health… And, as we are all aware, homelessness is often a factor that goes with those two challenges in life. As far as we’re aware, Courtney’s been couch surfing with friends and possibly rough sleeping as well… We do have a result from the post-mortem examination that revealed she died as a result of – a horrendous bashing – that’s the only way to describe it, “Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper, who is leading the investigation into her murder, told reporters on Sunday.

People laid floral tributes at the site where Herron’s body was found, which is a short distance from Princes Park, where Eurydice Dixon’s body was found on 12 June last year.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews called it a “terrible tragedy”.