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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old Jun 27th, 2006, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Girl snatched, killed in shopping centre

Girl snatched, killed in shopping centre
Tuesday Jun 27 18:18 AEST

An eight-year-old girl allegedly murdered in a Perth shopping centre was attacked while her uncle and brother were just metres away, knocking on the door of the disabled toilet where she died, police believe.

A 21-year-old man was charged Tuesday over the death of Sofia Rodrigez-Urrutia-Shu, who police believe was snatched at random before allegedly being sexually assaulted and killed at the Livingstone Market shopping centre in suburban Canning Vale.

The schoolgirl, from the neighbouring suburb of Banjup, left her uncle, 14-year-old brother and 11-year-old sister to go to a toilet in the shopping centre at about 4pm (WST) Monday, police said.

They got no response when they knocked on the locked door of the disabled toilet, where police say the girl was probably being attacked at the time.

After searching the car park, her brother returned to the toilets and found Sofia's naked body on the toilet floor, as a man fled the scene.

The boy briefly gave chase before returning to his sister's body, police said.

Her clothes were found piled nearby.

"We are all devastated by the sudden and senseless loss of Sofia," her family said in a statement issued through police.

"Please keep Sofia and our family in your thoughts and prayers."

Police who went to a house in Canning Vale on Tuesday later charged a man with wilful murder, deprivation of liberty and two counts of sexual penetration.

Dante Wyndham Arthurs, of Canning Vale, appeared briefly in Perth Magistrates Court Tuesday afternoon, and was remanded in custody to reappear on July 11.

Detective Senior Sergeant John Wibberley said it was not clear whether Sofia had wandered into the disabled toilet or had been snatched from the female toilets.

A post-mortem examination is expected to confirm the cause of death on Wednesday.

Sgt Wibberley said the girl's father had flown back from a business trip in Hong Kong to be with his family.

"The family is absolutely distraught as you can imagine," he said.

"It is probably the worst nightmare for any family with a young child.

"It's a horrific offence against an innocent young child who ... has just made the fatal mistake of being in the wrong place at the wrong time," he said.

In their statement, Sofia's family said they had received "immense support" from the police, the parish and from the school community.

"We ...ask that you respect our privacy and allow us to deal with our grief," the family said.

Dozens of police officers were at the shopping centre Tuesday, examining the scene and surveillance footage and interviewing witnesses and shopping centre employees.

Brooke McCaffree, 22, who works as a shop assistant at a gift shop next door to the toilets, said she was "absolutely disgusted".

"I just don't understand how this could happen, we live in a nice suburb," she said.

"The fact that I was there serving customers as this was happening in the next room, is just diabolical."

When Sofia failed to emerge within a few minutes her uncle and brother searched the female and male toilets but could not find her.

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It's terrible...I feel for her family so much This sort of thing will continue to happen while the government refuses to address mental health issues here. A guy in Melbourne a few months back was released from an Institution and stabbed a guy to death on the train hours later.

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I read about this earlier, its just horrible I feel so sorry for her family

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This just makes me feel sick inside, people who do things like that dont deserve life.
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Why do people do things like this :cry:
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I hate these sort of stories. It reminds me of the Jamie Bulger case in England several years ago. I was about 10/11 at the time and cried for weeks. And when I was in America a year or so ago there was the awful case of a girl dumped in a waste bin clutching her teddy bear. It does bring the pro death penatly mind set out in me. The 2 horrors who murdered Jamie are now free and living their lives under protective cover paid for by the tax payer.....
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Originally Posted by TalulaTrauma
And when I was in America a year or so ago there was the awful case of a girl dumped in a waste bin clutching her teddy bear.
There was a 9 year old girl in Florida last year that was kidnapped, raped repeatedly, kept in a closet for days and then put in a plastic bag and buried alive. She was found dead holding a dolphin toy. So sick! I just can't imagine the thought processes of somebody that could do a thing like that.

And this poor girl in Australia It's so tragic and senseless.
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