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WC6320
Jun 27th, 2006, 12:18 PM
Girl snatched, killed in shopping centre
Tuesday Jun 27 18:18 AEST

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=95062

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.

Absolute Tragedy

Kirt12255
Jun 27th, 2006, 12:50 PM
It's terrible...I feel for her family so much :sad: 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. :sad:

Martian Stacey
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:02 PM
I read about this earlier, its just horrible :sad: I feel so sorry for her family

Sharapova's_Boy
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:20 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad:

Mateo Mathieu
Jun 27th, 2006, 02:00 PM
:sad:

hablo
Jun 27th, 2006, 02:06 PM
Poor girl and her family :sad:

Andy.
Jun 27th, 2006, 02:29 PM
This just makes me feel sick inside, people who do things like that dont deserve life.

Maryamator
Jun 27th, 2006, 02:38 PM
Why do people do things like this :bigcry: :cry:

forever_rafter
Jun 27th, 2006, 02:43 PM
I'm lost for words :sad: :sad:

Fingon
Jun 27th, 2006, 02:57 PM
cut his dick off and make him eat it.

And I am serious.

Talula
Jun 27th, 2006, 06:26 PM
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.....

skanky~skanketta
Jun 27th, 2006, 07:27 PM
shit!perth?i live in perth!

my condolences to the girl's family. :sad:

CondiLicious
Jun 27th, 2006, 07:46 PM
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 :sad: It's so tragic and senseless.

Wigglytuff
Jun 27th, 2006, 07:52 PM
this is so sick and sad :sad: :sad:

UDACHi
Jun 27th, 2006, 08:00 PM
:sad:

elena_k
Jun 27th, 2006, 10:39 PM
a sick world we live in :sad:

WF4EVER
Jun 27th, 2006, 11:48 PM
Same thing happened where I live, too, just yesterday morning. Thing is I live in a small country of roughly 75,000 people and this kind of thing is truly devastating to our community. The little girl was on her way to school like she does every morning, walking through the botanical gardens like normal after 8am.

Incidentally there's a bus station right next to the park and she ran out into the road clutching her throat. One of the bus drivers grabbed her up and took her to the hospital which is just five minutes away. She died in emergency, her throat had been slashed, she had been raped and sodomized.

No one knows who did it but living in this type of community with inept police and more illegal aliens and deportees than we can handle, it is unlikely we ever will. I am so shocked at this type of thing happening. People are raped or killed, rarely ever both happens but to do that to a child is just horrific.

I feel sorry for both these families who have lost their little girls in such a gruesome way.

CondiLicious
Jun 30th, 2006, 09:46 PM
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.

Ugh... the guy who "allegedly" killed (he did it!!) the girl I was talking about has had his confession thrown out of court today on a "technicality" :fiery: :

COUEY CONFESSION NOT ADMISSABLE

Reported by: Shannon Cake
June 30, 2006

John Couey, the man who confessed to raping and killing 9 year-old Jessica Lunsford, has been given a break by a judge.

The known child molester was picked up in Georgia and brought back to Florida. He told police he kidnapped, raped and killed Jessica. He even told police where to find the dead girl.

But today, Couey's confession was thrown out of court on a technicality.

Judge Ric Howard, reviewing Couey's confession, said it cannot be used as evidence in the case against him.

"By the plain reading of the printed word...he was denying his guilt and by the plain reading of the word...he wanted an attorney."

The judge said because Couey was clearly asking for a lawyer and didn't get one there was a violation of due process.

The ruling -- a boost for Couey's defense team and a blow to prosecutors who were asking for the death penalty.

"You would hope that this ruling stands as a guideline to law enforcement that they would learn about proper interviewing techniques and when to stop interviewing upon the request of counsel by a suspect."

But while Couey's confession to police will now be thrown out what remains as evidence is where Jessica's body was found -- just behind the trailer where Couey was living.

"That's a very important ruling that the judge made...what the state really stressed during hearing last week was that the body would have been inevitably discovered anyway and was independent evidence apart from Couey's confession... the judge is allowing the body to come into evidence."

That's good news for prosecutors and Jessica's family too, but the legal scorecard won't crack this man.

"I'm not going to torment myself over the trial."

Mark Lunsford -- Jessica's father said he still has faith in the system.

"The prosecutor got a job to do and they'll do it...the detectives...they're doing the best job they can...the judge sees it differently so that's just how it is."

http://www.wptv.com/

The guy is fucking evil!

http://www.wptv.com/images/news/Large/JessicaLunsford6.gif

:sad: that poor girl...

Wigglytuff
Jun 30th, 2006, 10:08 PM
Ugh... the guy who "allegedly" killed (he did it!!) the girl I was talking about has had his confession thrown out of court today on a technicality :fiery: :

:fiery: :fiery:
this is pretty sick.

he should be shot firing squad style... :fiery:

CondiLicious
Jun 30th, 2006, 10:11 PM
He should be shot. He's an evil fucker. And I know all the reasons why his confession was thrown out but ugh... it's all bullshit! The whole thing makes me wanna cry.

Fingon
Jul 1st, 2006, 02:59 AM
He should be shot. He's an evil fucker. And I know all the reasons why his confession was thrown out but ugh... it's all bullshit! The whole thing makes me wanna cry.

that is what it's serverly fucked up about the justice system.

If the police use illegal methods to collect evidence, then they discard it, in other word, they dig their heads in the sand.

If for example, the police searches someone's trash and finds evidence of the crime, and the garbage wasn't searched with a court order then that evidence is not valid.

It's absurd, if the police men didn't do their job properly, punish them, fire them, cut their pays, whatever, but leaving a criminal free for a technicality is beyond absurd, some time I really wonder if our judges and legislators have anything in their heads.

Fingon
Jul 1st, 2006, 03:00 AM
He should be shot. He's an evil fucker. And I know all the reasons why his confession was thrown out but ugh... it's all bullshit! The whole thing makes me wanna cry.

and he shouldn't be shot, he should be impalled, crucified or burned alive.

and again, I am serious.