Enraged mother of Celeste Manno, 23, allegedly stabbed to death by her stalker reveals the extraordinary response police had when she first claimed her daughter was being sent disturbing messages
- The family and friends of Celeste Manno are now fighting for tougher laws
- Celeste allegedly stabbed to death by former colleague in her Melbourne home
- Her mum claims police didn’t help when Celeste started receiving messages
- Eventually got intervention order out against alleged stalker Luay Nader Sako
The shattered mum of the young Melbourne woman allegedly stabbed to death by her former colleague while she slept has opened up about the unhelpful response from police when the stalking first started.
Celeste Manno was just days away from her 24th birthday when she was allegedly killed by former coworker Luay Nader Sako at her family’s house in Mernda in Melbourne‘s north in the early hours of November 14.
Ms Manno was Sako’s team leader at a Serco call centre in South Morang and comforted him when he was sacked by the company a year ago.
Her mother Aggie Di Mauro claims he sent more than 150 social media messages to her daughter before they eventually took out an interim intervention order against him.
She claims the police wouldn’t do anything when the disturbing messages started and suggested Ms Manno block him or get off social media.
The mother of Celeste Manno (pictured) is fighting for change after her daughter was allegedly stabbed to death by a stalker
‘The first time we went to police, the officer said “he’s not threatening anything and a crime hadn’t taken place”,’ an angry Ms Di Mauro told the Herald Sun.
‘I thought, “are you kidding me?” She said she was not going to let one person dictate what she does or doesn’t do.’
Police eventually took Ms Manno’s case seriously and helped her apply for an intervention order.
But Ms Manno was still doubtful ‘a piece of paper’ would protect her daughter.
Sako stopped contacting Ms Manno for a small period of time after the order was filed but allegedly resumed contact later, pleading with her to drop the order.
Sako was charged with breaching the order and released before he allegedly smashed through Ms Manno’s window, repeatedly stabbed her with a knife and fled over a fence that was left stained with blood.
Celeste Manno’s mother Aggie Di Mauro (pictured speaking at her daughter’s funeral) claims police told her daughter to block her alleged stalker or get off social media
Former colleague Luay Nader Sako, 35, (pictured) has been charged with the murder
Ms Di Mauro believes Sako should have been locked up after the first order breach and is now on a mission to change the system that failed her daughter.
She will also campaign for high-risk stalkers and violent perpetrators to be tracked with GPS monitoring.
Ms Di Mauro will meet state Attorney-General Jill Hennessy on Wednesday to push for tougher laws.
‘The government must look into making changes now. Not in two years, not in five years, not when there are other stalkers or victims … this should have been done ages ago and then my baby would still be here,’ she said.
Celeste Manno was allegedly stabbed to death by a former colleague as she slept. Ms Manno is pictured with her partner Chris Ridsdale
More than 8000 people have signed a Change.org petition started by a friend of Ms Manno calling for stricter laws to protect victims of stalking and violence.
‘Although there are laws in place and intervention orders can be granted, it is clear that this is not sufficient and more needs to be done,’ the online petition states.
‘The recent tragic loss of Celeste Manno who had obtained an IVO against her stalker demonstrates that doing everything necessary according to the law for protection is not sufficient.
‘Unfortunately, Celeste Manno will not be the last victim and we need to put an end to this. This cannot be another case that causes an uproar only for it to decline until there is another victim.’
Sako has been remanded in custody and will return to court on April 27.
Family and friends of Celeste Manno (pictured) are now fighting for tougher laws