A 14-year-old girl who allegedly brutally murdered her cousin, 10, on a rural farm, will remain behind bars for at least two more weeks.
The 10-year-old was staying with her aunt and uncle on a farm in Gunnedah, northwestern NSW, on July 8, when she was reportedly stabbed to death in a crime that shocked the nation.
The case was gruesome in that a court banned details of it or the names of the victim or accused from being published in the media.
The teen was arrested in a neighboring property shortly afterwards after her mother found her bloody niece.
At Tamworth’s Children Court on Wednesday, Magistrate Julie Soars adjourns the case and ordered prosecutors to submit evidence to the girl’s lawyers by Sept. 28. The Daily Telegraph reported.
The young girl was staying with her aunt and uncle during the school holidays when she was murdered (pictured are agents on the spot in the days following the tragedy)
Police and emergency service volunteers scoured the meadows and fields for what the alleged murder weapon might be
The girl, who has not filed for bail, will return to court on September 30 for a no-obligation mention.
The case will then be heard by a higher court because of the seriousness of the charge.
It was just before 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, when the older girl’s mother came into their room to check on them before going to work on the farm.
When she returned half an hour later, she found her niece horribly and her own daughter disappeared.
Dazed and confused, the alleged teenage murderer had walked three kilometers across a wheat field with the sharp weapon reportedly still in her hand.
The young victim had gone to stay with relatives on the farm during the school holidays.
While the details of the case and the horrific way the young girl died cannot be publicized by the media, the incident has been discussed in the small town of Gunnedah.
The alleged murder was so serious that the first police officer on the scene said goodbye after being seriously disturbed by what confronted him on the property.
The alleged victim’s father has since shared a touching tattoo of a tribute to his daughter, telling friends in a Facebook post that her drawing was an eerie metaphor for her life.
“Cherry blossom tattoos are a metaphor for the transience of life, because they don’t live long,” the father wrote.
Japanese cherry blossoms also mean good luck and good luck.
The girl’s father said the drawing of a cherry blossom tree was a metaphor for her life as they ‘don’t live very long’ but are a symbol of ‘good luck and happiness’
The father of a 10-year-old girl (pictured) allegedly murdered by her cousin on a farm in Gunnedah, NSW, has one of her latest drawings tattooed on his arm as a moving tribute to his daughter
They are seen as omens of good things to come. The blossoms serve as emblems for affection and love. ‘
Tribute to his daughter has flooded the grieving father’s Facebook in the months since her death.
Among them were photographs of the talented young artist in addition to more of her drawings.
“So smart and beautiful fly high my angel,” wrote the proud father.
Just days before the incident, the alleged teenage killer had been expelled from her local high school for throwing a classmate with scissors.
The alleged murder shook up the sleepy rural town of about 10,000 people, best known as the birthplace of supermodels Miranda Kerr and Erica Packer.
Police spent days combing the nearby wheat and cotton meadows for clues, trying to answer the many remaining questions about the incident.
A close neighbor a few pastures away was shocked when the little girl he remembered playing in the grass was charged with a heinous crime.
Best known as the birthplace of supermodel Miranda Kerr, Gunnedah is located about an hour west of Tamworth and 450 km from Sydney
“I always saw her and her sister running around in the pasture, playing or with her parents at the cattle market,” he said.
‘She was always very polite and happy, I’ve never had any problems with her. How did this happen? ‘
The deceased girl is from Orange, a town west of Sydney beyond the Blue Mountains, as well as from a locally prominent family.
Police have refused to provide details of the girl’s injuries, except that they were significant, and the court suppressed such information anyway.
A post-mortem investigation was conducted earlier this month and should provide police with more clues as to the course of the alleged murder.
FAMILY FARM HORROR: TIMELINE
Wednesday, July 8
– 6.30 am: Mother leaves home in Gunnedah, northwestern NSW, to work on the farm. Her daughter, 14, and niece, 10 sleep inside.
– 7 am: The woman returns to find the younger girl with severe cuts and her daughter missing.
– 7.15 am: Emergency services arrive at the property, but the 10-year-old has already passed away.
– 08:30: Police find the 14-year-old after a frantic search on an adjacent property. She is taken to Gunnedah police station.
– 10 pm: The child is charged with alleged murder of her cousin.
Thursday, July 9
– The teen’s case is being brought to Tamworth Children’s Court. The girl was not in court and did not apply for bail.
– Police and SES crews search for a pasture next to the farm
– The teen has to appear in court again. Until then, her bail has been denied.