The first police officer on the scene of the alleged horrific murder of a 10-year-old girl on a rural farm last week said goodbye after being severely disturbed by what confronted him on the property.
The young girl was found dead last Wednesday at a house in Gunnedah, northern NSW, before her 14-year-old cousin was arrested at a nearby farm.
She has been charged with murder and remanded in custody.
The way she allegedly killed her nephew is so disturbing that a local NSW magistrate has banned the media from publishing details.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal that the first on-site officer had long been a member of the local Gunnedah police force and has been granted leave by the NSW police force to ensure that he receives the necessary support.
A ten-year-old girl is said to have been murdered on Wednesday, July 8, by her 14-year-old niece on a farm in Gunnedah, NSW. The first officer on site has been granted leave, so he’s disturbed by what he’s been through
NSW Police and the Police Association of NSW support the officer, who has long been a member of the local Gunnedah police (Depicted officers on the spot last week)
NSW President Tony King’s police association said the impact of the job on officers’ personal wellbeing is often forgotten.
“Police officers regularly come across situations and circumstances that are horrifying,” Mr. King told Daily Mail Australia.
“Any scene of a fatal accident, especially one involving children, is extremely difficult.
“Our agents are human and are not immune to the consequences of dealing with difficult cases that no one else in another job would normally face, let alone on repeated occasions. It is a tough job. ‘
On Wednesday, July 8, it was just before 7:30 AM when the older girl’s mother came into their room to check on them before going to the farm.
When she returned half an hour later, she discovered that her niece had been horribly murdered and that her own daughter had 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 come to stay with family on the farm during the school holidays.
The tragedy has divided the two families, with the victim’s father launching a furious rant against his sister-in-law and her husband on Facebook.
After the victim’s mother posted on Facebook saying she didn’t blame her sister or brother-in-law for the tragedy, her husband started an angry rant in response.
“You are terrified and it is credible,” the man wrote.
The victim’s father lashed out at the alleged killer’s parents and said her death was “preventable”
The forensic police collect evidence in and around the farm where the alleged murder took place
Best known as the birthplace of supermodel Miranda Kerr, Gunnedah is located about an hour west of Tamworth and 450 km from Sydney
In a separate post, the victim’s father described his daughter’s death as “preventable.”
“All the news reports mention a good family from Gunnedah,” he wrote.
“This crime was completely preventable.”
His emotional rants followed a message from his wife on her sister’s Facebook page.
In it, she urged the people of Gunnedah – who have been startled by death – to show ‘some compassion’ to her relatives, who she said still has a ‘deep, deep love’.
“I love you very much, our family will get through this together and work together every day,” wrote the victim’s mother.
“My sister and her family are going through tremendous circumstances and I speak for (my daughter) as her mother, and we only feel deep, deep love.
The 10-year-old was visiting her cousins on the remote farm for a sleepover on a school vacation
The incident shocked the sleepy city of about 10,000 people, known as the ‘koala capital of the world’
The teenager did not appear in Tamworth Children’s Court on Thursday (photo) and was denied bail until her next court date on September 16
“If anyone, including the Gunnedah community, could please show compassion and kindness to my beautiful sister, her husband and family, where the tragedy unfolded, that would mean a lot.”
The age of the alleged murderer and victim means that neither them nor relatives can be named or identified by Daily Mail Australia.
A few days before the incident, the alleged teenage murderer was suspended from her local high school for throwing scissors at a classmate.
The alleged murder rattled 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 nearby wheat and cotton meadows for clues as they attempted to answer the many questions surrounding the incident.
A close neighbor a few paddocks away was shocked that the little girl he remembered playing in the grass was charged with a heinous crime.
“I always saw her and her sister running through the paddock, playing or with her parents at the cattle market,” he said.
The area is known for its wheat and cotton production, which is among the largest in Australia
Volunteers from the police and state emergency services have carefully searched the meadows and fields for the alleged murder weapon
“She was always very polite and happy, I never had a problem with it. How did this happen? “
The deceased girl is from Orange, a city west of Sydney beyond the Blue Mountains, and also from a locally prominent family.
Police declined to provide details of the girl’s injuries, except that they were significant, and the court dismissed such information in any case.
A post-mortem investigation was conducted last week, which should provide police with more clues as to how the alleged murder took place.
The teenager did not appear in court on Thursday and was denied bail until her next trial date on September 16.
FARMILY FARM HORROR: TIMELINE
Wednesday, July 8
– 6.30 in the morning: Mother leaves her home in Gunnedah, northwest NSW, to work on the farm. Her daughter of 14 and niece of 10 sleep indoors.
– 7:00 am: The woman returns and finds the younger girl with serious cuts and her daughter missing.
– 7:15 am: Emergency services arrive at the property, but the 10-year-old is already dead.
– 08:30: Police find the 14-year-old in a neighboring site after a hectic search. She is taken to Gunnedah police station.
– 10 pm: The child is charged with the alleged murder of her nephew.
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
– The teenager must return to court. Until then, her bail has been denied.