Annaliesse Ugle (pictured), First Nations Year 6 student (pictured), died Tuesday of self-inflicted injuries at Perth Children’s Hospital after being flown there from rural Western Australia the previous day
Western Australian Police Minister Michelle Roberts wants to send detectives to a remote area where an 11-year-old girl took her own life after her alleged rapist was released on bail.
Annaliesse Ugle died of self-inflicted injuries at Perth Children’s Hospital on Tuesday after being flown there from rural Western Australia the previous day.
Her alleged abuser Peter Frederick Humes, 66, was released on bail the same day he was charged with four charges of sexually penetrating a child under the age of 13 and six of improper association with a child under the age of 13.
Humes is the second indigenous man from the Peel region, 100 km south of Perth, to face serious allegations of child sex in recent days.
Ms. Roberts wants to expand child protection services across the state – particularly where Annaliesse, a Year 6 student at First Nations, came from.
“Police have already set up multi-agency child protection initiatives in Kimberley and Pilbara, where specialized child abuse detectives are based along with Department of Communities staff to track down, investigate and arrest perpetrators,” said Roberts. WA today.
I intend to talk to the Commissioner about whether these initiatives can be extended to other regions of the state, including the Southwest or as required.
“As a community, we also need to redouble our efforts in preventive education.”
The other man accused of sex crimes from the Peel region is Bindjareb elder Harry Nannup, who pleaded not guilty on Thursday to three charges of sexually penetrating a child.
He also pleaded not guilty to three charges of indecent association with a child and was taken into custody.
Her alleged abuser Peter Frederick Humes (pictured right), 66, was released on bail the same day he was charged with four charges of sexually penetrating a child under the age of 13 and six of indecent relations with a child under the age of 13.
There are another 21 charges against Nannup, who ran a bush retreat for Aboriginal boys with Humes called ‘Fridays with Peter Humes and Harry Nannup ;.
The retreat taught young Aboriginal boys about their culture.
Humes is facing nearly a dozen charges, including sexual penetration of a child under 13 and indecent acts.
The alleged abuse of Annaliesse took place between 2014 and 2020.
Annaliesse’s devastated family on Thursday called for new laws preventing alleged child molesters from roaming the streets as they gathered to mourn the youngster’s death.
During a vigil for the young girl held on the steps of Western Australia’s parliament on Thursday evening, more than 100 mourners gathered to pay their respects and call for ‘Annaliesse’s law’.
The legislation would keep anyone accusing a child sex crime behind bars while their case goes to trial, The Western Australian reported.
Western Australian Police Minister Michelle Roberts (pictured) wants to expand child protection across the state – particularly where Annaliesse is from
A photo of Annaliesse – tagged with the words ‘forever young’ – rested at the top of the steps of parliament, surrounded by dozens of candles, as family members wept and released pink balloons to commemorate the 11-year-old at an emotionally charged rally.
Family members wore shirts that read “Justice for Annaliesse” when the vigil began with mourners shouting that phrase as they marched in front of the government building.
The Ugle family had previously authorized Daily Mail Australia to photograph and name their daughter, in the hope that bail laws could be changed if the country can see her face.
Prime Minister Mark McGowan spoke of the girl’s death on Thursday, saying her suicide was “indescribable.”
“I have an 11-year-old daughter – it is incomprehensible,” he said.
Clearly, a mistake has been made. The police have recognized that. I am very sorry for everyone involved that this whole chain of events has happened.
“There will be a full coronial investigation into these cases and child abuse will of course continue to investigate the cases. It’s just a human tragedy. ‘
A photo of Annaliesse – labeled with the words ‘forever young’ – rested at the top of the parliament steps, surrounded by dozens of candles
Annaliesse’s mother Samantha Wilson is comforted as more than 100 mourners gathered outside the parliament building to rally for change
WA Police said on Wednesday that agents were wrong in releasing the alleged rapist.
“I am here today to say that the WA police are responsible for all issues where we can prevent something like this from happening again,” said WA regional assistant commissioner Jo McCabe.
“An early assessment of this case and the seriousness of the violations tells me that in this case, the police should have been bailed and not considered.”
Annaliesse’s suicide has sparked debate among state MPs, with WA liberals claiming that anyone charged with child crime should be bailed.
But one of Perth’s most experienced lawyers said it was not ethical and there was also not enough prison capacity to put everyone charged with sex offenses against a child behind bars before trial.
“There would be hundreds of people on bail in the state for these crimes right now,” Tom Percy QC told Daily Mail Australia.
The accused got his bail extended at a recent hearing and will face Perth court later this year.
During a vigil (photo) for the young girl held on the steps of the Western Australia House of Parliament on Thursday evening
Mr. Percy said there should always be a presumption of innocence until proven guilty, adding that bail was also based on the strength of the case against the defendant.
“There is a presumption of innocence in our community,” he said. In COVID times, we talk two or three years in prison before a trial ends with just one piece of evidence against you.
Usually, in child sexual abuse cases, there is a serious chance that someone will get bail if there is no forensic evidence.
“This is a tragic case, but I don’t think it requires a comprehensive overhaul of state law codes.”
The lawyer added that it was not uncommon for both the complainant and the accused to commit suicide in cases of alleged sexual assault before closing a trial.
Gerry Georgatos, the director of the National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project, said the decision to allow the alleged predator bail was a mistake.
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