Sian Kingi killer on the Sunshine Coast in a bid for freedom as friends say he stole their innocence
The traumatized classmates of a 12-year-old girl who was kidnapped, raped and murdered have pleaded with her parents to be paroled from Queensland to ensure that her killer remains incarcerated for the rest of his life.
Barrie Watts brutally murdered Sian Kingi on November 27, 1987, on the Sunshine Coast with the help of his then wife and mother of six Valmae Beck.
The pair lured 12-year-old Sian to help search for a “white poodle with a pink bow” before Watts kidnapped her in the back seat of a Holden Kingswood station wagon.
While the duo were both sentenced to life in prison, Beck died in custody in 2008 and Watts has now filed for parole.
Some of Sian’s classmates feel that her brutal death has robbed an entire generation of Sunshine Coast children of their innocence.
Sian Kingi (pictured) was riding her bike home from local shops when she was lured to a park to ‘help search for a poodle’ and was subsequently kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered
“He took my generation’s freedom,” Melina Fletcher, a classmate of Sian’s, told the… Sunshine Coast Daily.
“We grew up with fear.”
Mrs. Fletcher said Watts’ vile crime destroyed the entire community and that he deserved to rot in prison… [we] were promised’.
After gagging Sian and driving her to a remote forest, Watts acted out a fantasy he shared with Beck of repeatedly sexually assaulting Sian before strangling and stabbing her.
“He’s an evil you can’t comprehend,” said Chrissy Pobar, Sian’s seventh-grade teacher.
‘Hundreds and hundreds of people have been scarred by this. Together we have to make sure that something good comes out of this – and that is by making sure it never comes out.”
Mrs. Pobar, along with some of Sian’s school friends, begs the authorities never to release Watts, insisting he still poses an extreme risk to the community.
Barrie Watts (pictured) who raped, kidnapped and murdered Sian Kingi has filed for parole
The man who murdered 12-year-old schoolgirls Sian Kingi (pictured) on the Sunshine Coast in 1987 makes an offer for freedom, much to the dismay of friends and family
They say they are still traumatized by the horrific fate that met Sian 35 years after her tragic death.
“We thought he’d been imprisoned forever… Or that if he ever got out, it would be when he’d be old and decrepit,” said close school friend Emma Anderson.
Sian’s body was found a week after she disappeared on a bicycle on her way home from the local shops.
Beck and Watts were both sentenced to life imprisonment, and the community argues that this sentence should be enforced to reflect societal expectations.
Watts brutally murdered young schoolgirl Sian Kingi in 1987 with the help of his then wife and mother of six Valmae Beck (pictured)
A Change.org petition was founded on Saturday by state member for Ninderry Dan Purdie and urged the government to reject Watts’ advocacy of freedom.
More than 2,300 people signed in just 24 hours.
Mr Purdie expressed outrage at Watt’s plea, saying it “sent a shockwave through my community, the police and Sian’s family.”
“Everyone—including her parents I spoke to again this morning—is very concerned about the people who live in a community where Barrie Watts can be released.”
Mr Purdie said Watts deserved to serve his entire life sentence.
“If Watts is released on parole, what precedent would this set? How many other child murderers would be released while still posing an unacceptable risk to the community?’ he said.
“It’s not necessarily about punishing people more. The worst of the worst should lose their right to be reintegrated into society because they will forever pose a risk to any community they are released into.”
Sian’s classmates say her death has robbed an entire generation of their innocence and the killer should never be released
Former Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson, who was investigating Sian’s murder as a detective, said Watts would be “an unacceptable risk to the community”.
Retired Detective Neil Magnussen also joined the chorus of dismay, saying Watt’s will “never, never, ever be rehabilitated.”
‘He has a thing for young women and girls. He will never stop. He is a danger to the public,” Magnussen said.
The Morcombe family supports Sian’s family after their 13-year-old son Daniel was murdered and kidnapped by Brett Cowan in 2003.
Denise Morcombe tweeted Thursday calling on the Queensland Parole Board not to release Watt’s from prison.
“You can’t take the QLD Parole Board seriously if you even think about releasing Barrie Watts – the child murderer!” wrote Mrs Morcombe.
“The Kingi and Morcombe families say NO NEVER NEVER.”
Valmae Beck (pictured) was also sentenced to life imprisonment, but later died in 2008