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‘She died because of her kindness’: A mother’s life sentence – The Age

When a judge ruled on Monday that the killer of Maxie Antoniou’s daughter was not guilty due to mental impairment, it felt like a punch in the guts.

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“I hate the fact I’ve got the life sentence,” she says. “I’ve been fighting for justice for so long.”
Courtney Herron was 25 when she was fatally assaulted in Royal Park by Henry Hammond, a homeless man she had given a cigarette to on the afternoon of May 24 last year.
The pair went to dinner at a Fitzroy restaurant together, where cameras captured them in friendly conversation, before Courtney paid for Hammond’s meal and they went to a friend’s apartment and smoked cannabis and ice.
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