Prime suspect in the brutal death of Melbourne woman Celeste Manno in her own home is the brother of a convicted killer - and was on bail at time of the attack
A Melbourneman suspected of killing a Melbourne woman in her own home is the brother of a convicted killer.
It can also be revealed the suspected killer was scheduled to appear at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court for breaching intervention orders and related charges.
Celeste Manno, 23, had endured months of torment from a stalker before she was stabbed to death in her bedroom on Monday in the dead of night.
On Wednesday, the parents of the accused killer, who surrendered to police shortly after allegedly carrying out the attack, refused to open the door when visited by Daily Mail Australia.
However, Channel 9 reported his mother as saying she could not comprehend the crimes he's accused of committing.
'I wish I was killed instead. Not a young woman on the cusp of her life,' she said.
Other family members described him as a 'loner and introvert' who spent most of his time in his bedroom.
In 2010, the brother of Ms Manno's suspected killer was jailed for a minimum of three years after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
He had kicked his victim while he was on the ground during a savage gang bashing at a Melbourne pub.
The victim had been completely innocent.
When police came knocking this week, neighbours had fully expected them to be coming for him after being released from prison.
Ms Manno's killer remains in hospital under police guard and has yet to be charged with the horrific murder.
A relative of the suspected killer told the Herald Sun on Wednesday they were blindsided by the attack.
'We are mortified with what has happened,' the relative told the publication.
'We have been in tears for Celeste since we found out. We have no idea of what his motive was.'
The alleged killer's father said he had not yet had a chance to speak to his son since his arrest.
He revealed his son was unemployed at the time of the alleged incident.
It is understood their son rarely left home despite encouragement from his loving family.
New details have been revealed about how Ms Manno had to deal with an obsessed former co-worker, months before she was found dead at her family's Mernda home.
The recent university graduate was a team leader for one of about 20 Serco call centre teams, fielding calls for Centrelink.
Her family said she showed a customer support worker 'some support' by walking him out of the building when he was sacked due to misconduct.
But from that point on, the criminology graduate was subjected to 'disgusting and vulgar' abuse from the man, particularly on social media.
'I know at one point she was having to apparently change her phone number almost weekly,' a former colleague of Ms Manno's told Daily Mail Australia.
'It was procedure at the centre that if you lost your job, your manager would walk you out.
'She walked him out following the procedure and this is apparently what started the infatuation because she was kind when escorting him out of the building.'
Ms Manno's brother, Alessandro, said she began to cop abuse in January with 'vulgar and disgusting' messages over Instagram.
'At first she would be nice to him and just say "look, thank you, but I'm not interested".
'Then he became obsessive so eventually she had to block him and he created about a million other accounts.'
Her father lashed out at the state's justice system on Tuesday after she became the victim of yet another terrible crime.
'(The system's) gotta be changed, it won't bring her back, but it's gotta be changed,' he said.
"What's it going to take for the government to listen. It could be yours (daughter). It's not right.
'It's got to stop.'
Tony paid tribute to his daughter by describing her love for her little niece Daisy, who he cradled as he spoke to media.
'Celeste adored her. She was absolutely in love with her niece,' he said.
'Celeste was coming over tomorrow night to visit after COVID. COVID kept us all separated too long and little Daisy was really looking forward to seeing her.'
Ms Manno's brother Jayden said everyone had the right to live their lives in the safety of their own home.
'No-one should be scared - man, woman, child. No-one,' he said. 'This evil should not exist. Things need to change. This evil cannot be allowed to continue.'
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