A heartbroken mother has relived how she very nearly saved her daughter from being killed.
Celeste Manno, 23, was allegedly stabbed to death by Luay Nader Sako, who is accused of stalking her for months, in her bed in Mernda, in Melbourne‘s north, on November 14.
As her mum Aggie Di Mauro celebrated the first Christmas without her beloved daughter she wondered if there was more she could have done to save Ms Manno from being killed.
‘I thought if I’d ask her to sleep in my room that night, maybe she could have agreed,’ Ms Di Mauro told the Herald Sun.
Heartbroken mum Aggie Di Mauro (pictured left with Ms Manno) has relived the gut-wrenching moment she could have saved her daughter Celeste Manno
Ms Di Mauro revealed she almost asked Ms Manno (pictured right with partner Chris Ridsdale) to sleep in her bed and questioned whether she could have done more to prevent the death
Ms Di Mauro contemplated whether she could have prevented her daughter’s death if Ms Manno had slept in her bed or if the family had purchased a guard dog.
The mum has since fought to toughen stalking laws, saying ‘I thought we were safe at home’.
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.
Ms Di Mauro claimed he sent more than 150 social media messages to her daughter before they eventually took out an interim intervention order against him.
She claimed the police suggested Ms Manno block him or get off social media.
Police eventually took Ms Manno’s case seriously and helped her apply for an intervention order.
Ms Manno was allegedly stabbed to death by former colleague Luay Nader Sako in Mernda, in Melbourne ‘s north, on November 14 (family pictured outside the home)
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.
He was charged with breaching the order and released before he allegedly smashed through Ms Manno’s window, repeatedly stabbed her with a knife.
Ms Di Mauro believed 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 wants to see violent perpetrators tracked with GPS monitoring and has met with Victorian State Attorney General Jill Hennessy as part of her campaign.
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 Hennessy said the government would do everything they could to end violence against women and support them to feel safe.
‘I cannot begin to understand the pain her family and friends are feeling,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We know that stalking can cause great harm to victims’ mental and physical health and can escalate to more serious offending, including serious violence, and that types of stalking behaviour have evolved as technology changes.
‘That’s why I will ask the Victorian Law Reform Commission to urgently review Victoria’s responses to stalking, harassment and similar conduct, including the framework for, operation and enforcement of the Personal Safety Intervention Order system.’
Sako has been remanded in custody and will return to court on April 27.
Celeste Manno was just days away from her 24th birthday when she was allegedly killed