Police are investigating the devastating murder of 23-year-old, Celeste Manno in Melbourne’s northern suburbs after she was found dead inside the house she shared with her mother in Mernda, about 4.10am on Monday.
A 35-year old man was arrested in connection after he crashed his car in the same suburb shortly after Manno’s body was recovered. He is believed to be a colleague of the young woman who had developed an infatuation with her.
The crime scene told an horrific story. Blood stains were found on a fence beside Manno’s home where friends and family gathered to farewell their loved one; remembered as a music lover, a cheerleading fan, a university graduate– but most heart-wrenchingly, a woman with her whole life ahead of her.
Manno’s death is just another reminder of Australia’s inertia on violence against women.
“Celeste Manno was the most kind, brightest, down to earth person, who I was lucky to call a friend. She always knew how to light up a room with her bubbly, sweet nature,” a friend posted online. “She was always selfless and always put everyone else first before herself. She was an absolute angel who didn’t deserve a tragic ending like this.
The world has truly lost a ray of sunshine today.”
The 35-year-old man remains under police guard in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to Destroy the Joint, 45 women have been killed due to violence in Australia this year. As rates across the country continue to soar during the pandemic, the federal government’s inaction is crushing.
In July, the government’s women’s safety ministers, Marise Payne and Anne Rushton concluded that no new measures needed to be taken to address the worsening domestic violence crisis. The federal budget allocated no new funding to frontline services, and funds were even stripped away from its anti-domestic violence and respectful relationships education program in schools.
If you or someone you know if in immediate danger, call 000. If you need help and advice call 1800Respect on 1800 737 732, Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.