‘She was really weird’: girl, 14, accused of brutally murdering her 10-year-old nephew during a sleepover tragedy, pretended to be a tiger and ‘hissed’ at people, says her school friend
- A 14-year-old girl is charged with murdering her 10-year-old nephew on a farm
- Police were called to a farm in Gunnedah, northeast NSW, on Wednesday
- The teenager was taken to Gunnedah police station and charged with murder
- A classmate of the alleged murderer has remembered her as ‘really weird’
A school friend of a 14-year-old girl accused of murdering her 10-year-old cousin on a farm in the countryside claims the alleged killer was ‘really weird’ and often ‘hissed’ like a tiger.
The tragedy occurred Wednesday morning at a farm in Gunnedah, northeast NSW.
The alleged victim’s aunt, the suspect’s mother, made a delirious Triple-0 call just after 7am, but the girl had died by the time police arrived.
A classmate of the alleged murderer has alleged that the suspect posed as a tiger, “hissed” at people and ate off the ground.
A classmate of a 14-year-old girl accused of murdering her 10-year-old nephew remembered her as “really weird.” Pictured: The police are assessing evidence at the crime scene
Police officers and SES crew drag through a meadow next to the farm where the 10-year-old was found Thursday
“She was very weird, she pretended to be other animals and things like that, she ate things off the ground,” said the boy. The Daily Telegraph.
“I always thought she was just that, she was.
“(She) pretended to be other animals, she hissed at people, crawled around, ate food from the ground … random pieces of food.”
Meanwhile, the suspect’s mother reportedly told police that her daughter was starting to act strangely recently, the newspaper said.
The teen’s case came before Tamworth Children’s Court on Thursday. The girl was not in court and asked for no bail.
She will spend at least one month in pre-trial detention.
The forensic police spent much of Thursday on the property looking through evidence, and it was expected to stay for days.
SES crew and police are expected to be on site in the coming days to search the grounds for evidence
Gunnedah in northern New South Wales is located more than 430 km from Sydney and has only 13,000 inhabitants
Photos taken on Thursday had police officers and SES crew dragged through a meadow next to the farm.
The 10-year-old girl was found dead somewhere after 7 a.m. on Wednesday.
The teen’s mother left home around 6:30 AM with another child to complete the farm duties.
30 minutes later she returned to find her niece with serious cuts.
The 14-year-old was found at a nearby site at 8:30 AM.
The teenager was arrested and taken to Gunnedah Police Station, where she spent the day with medical experts and local investigators.
She was charged with murder on Wednesday evening.
The 10-year-old traveled during school holidays to stay with her cousin.
Mayor of Gunnedah, Mayor Jamie Chaffery, told Daily Mail Australia that the community’s prayers were family.
Two police officers peer into records in the paddock next to carrying the 10-year-old girl who was found
The 10-year-old girl was found on Wednesday around 7 a.m. when paramedics arrived. In the photo: police and SES on the spot
“They are dealing with this destruction of the loss of a young family member,” he said.
“The community has been through so much through three years of drought and COVID-19, but we are resilient and support each other to get through the hard times.”
Councilor Chaffery said the community will be devastated by the “tragic event.”
“We will be there to support each other and we will support the family,” he said.
“Those members of our community who need support, we encourage them to contact Lifeline or Headspace.
“We appreciate the thoughts of the people who reach out from the broad areas of NSW who offer their thoughts and prayers.”
The 14-year-old’s family lived on the property more than a decade ago and are widely respected in the Gunnedah community.
The teenager will return to court in September.
FARMILY FARM HORROR: TIMELINE
Wednesday, July 8
* 6:30 am: Mother leaves home in Gunnedah, northwest NSW, to do farm work. Her daughter of 14 and niece of 10 sleep indoors.
* 7 am: The woman returns and finds the younger girl injured and her daughter missing.
* 7:15 AM: Emergency services arrive at the property, but the 10-year-old is already dead.
* 8:30 am: The police find the 14-year-old in a neighboring site after a hectic search. She is taken to Gunnedah police station.
* 10:00 pm: The child is charged with the alleged murder of her cousin.
Thursday, July 9
The teen’s case goes to Tamworth Children’s Court. The girl was not in court and asked for no bail.
* Police and SES crews search a pasture next to the farm