A 64-year-old man pleaded not guilty to the murder of a child born in Britain in Australia nearly 50 years ago.
Cheryl Grimmer, 3 years old, disappeared from a shower on a beach in New South Wales in 1970.
She was one of four children to emigrate from Knowle, Bristol, to Australia in 1969, with the family of six living in a shelter near Fairy Meadow Beach, 40 miles south of Sydney, at the time of her disappearance.
Cheryl Grimmer (left) disappeared from New South Wales in 1970 – and her mother Carole Grimmer (right) was photographed with her three brothers Stephen, Ricki and Paul a day later
A 64-year-old man (pictured with his pixilated face) has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a child born in Britain in Australia nearly 50 years ago.
The military joined the police in the search for Cheryl, three years old, in January 1970, after disappearing from Fairy Meadow Beach in Wollongong.
The accused man, originally from Britain, was arrested in Melbourne in March last year and appeared today in the Supreme Court of Sydney through a video link.
The man, who can not be named as a minor at the time of the alleged offense, spoke only to confirm his name and his declaration of innocence. A trial will take place in the same court in May.
Cheryl was last seen in front of a bathroom block at Fairy Meadow Beach in Wollongong on January 12, 1970. She had gone to the locker room with her brothers when she disappeared.
Detectives have said they doubt that Cheryl's body was ever found and that her relatives have already talked about her ordeal.
A family member said he can not leave his children alone for a second & # 39; as a result of the disappearance of a child outside the surf club.
This ransom note for $ 10,000 was sent to Cheryl's parents after three days, but no one showed up to pick up the money where the police dressed as an employee of the town hall.
Cheryl was last seen in front of a block of toilets at Fairy Meadow Beach, about 90 minutes south of Sydney, after going to the locker room with her brothers
The parents of Cheryl, Carole and John, pictured eating with their children the day after their disappearance in January 1970, died without knowing the truth about what happened to them.
His brother Stephen Grimmer and his niece Melanie said that the whole incident had been "very traumatic".
The Grimmer family says they have been inundated with tributes from friends and relatives, including from Britain.
Last year it became known that plans were being prepared to place a commemorative plaque for Cheryl in the place where she disappeared.
Cheryl's brother, Stephen Grimmer, now 50, revealed in December 2016 that his parents, Carole and John, died without knowing the truth.
Mrs. Grimmer died four years ago, and on her deathbed she made the brothers commit themselves to find out what happened the day her daughter disappeared during the family trip.
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