Cheerleader ‘killed in her bed by evil stalker after reporting him to police’

A "lively" cheerleader was brutally killed in her own bed after a suspected stalker she had already reported to police climbed in through her window.

Celeste Manno, 23, was allegedly attacked in her sleep by an infatuated former colleague she had filed a restraining order against.

Police claim Luay Sako, 35, killed Manno at around 4.10am, in a horror attack, that left a trail of blood from her room to a metal fence outside the suburban home in Melbourne, Australia where she lived.

Sako allegedly murdered Manno and then jumped the side fence to escape before driving himself to a police station, where he was arrested.

Manno and Sako were not reportedly close but had met after the "bright, lively and intelligent" young woman escorted him out of the building after he was sacked from his call centre job more than a year ago.

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Devastated brother Alessandro Manno, 19, told reporters in Australia: "Ever since that day he’s just been obsessed with her, harassing her on social media for months and months.

"At first she’d be nice to him and just say thank you, not interested, and then he kept getting obsessive, and so eventually she had to block him."

He told The Australian: "At one point she was having to apparently change her phone number almost weekly."

He added: "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."

Mr Manno said his sister – who had studied criminology and psychology at university – contacted police to file a restraining order against Sako in January.

Her father, Tony, said the system had let his daughter down and said "it’s got to be changed" because "too many scenarios have already happened".

Jayden Manno, another brother, described the alleged attack as a "harrowing, senseless, unfathomable evil act."

He said: "Everyone should have the right to live their lives in their homes, in their bedrooms, on the streets. No one should be scared, this evil should not exist.

"She was loved by everybody. There wasn’t a soul on this earth who could ever say a bad thing. She touched everyone, such an amazing person."

Sako remains in hospital under police guard and is yet to be questioned by homicide squad detectives, The Australian reports.

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