The father of Courtney (Konstandina) Herron says his daughter’s death has prompted him to stand for Federal Parliament to reform laws on her behalf.
The Liberal Democrats were expected to announce John Herron as their candidate for the Victorian federal seat of McEwen on Wednesday, The Herald Sun reports.
“I’m nervous and scared about running in this election, but this is nothing compared to the terror Courtney would have felt in her last moments, or that of other women in those circumstances,” Mr Herron told the newspaper.
“In her name, I’m running for office.”
Courtney was beaten to death with a tree branch in a Melbourne park on May 25, 2019. Her attacker, Henry Hammond, was found not guilty of Courtney’s murder in August 2020 due to mental impairment.
Mr Herron and Maxie Antoniou, Courtney’s mother, said the verdict was like a punch in the guts and both continue to fight for justice for their daughter.
If elected to Parliament, Mr Herron said he would help change the criminal justice system and added it was time for men to stand up against violence against women.
Source: The Herald Sun.