Victoria Police have charged a 27-year-old man with the murder of Melbourne woman Courtney Herron, who was found dead in Royal Park on Saturday morning.
In a statement, police said Homicide Squad detectives arrested and interviewed a man of no fixed address on Sunday before laying the charge overnight.
He is slated to front Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.
On Sunday, Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper told the media that Herron was the victim of a vicious physical attack.
“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,” Stamper said.
Initial post-mortem results have not found evidence of sexual violence against Herron.
Stamper said Herron had difficulties with mental health and drug abuse issues, which impacted relationships with her “heart-broken” family.
It is thought Herron had recently been couchsurfing and may have been sleeping rough at the time of her death.
Investigations are ongoing.
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