A pain too great for young hearts to bear-Friends Unite updates


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Previous threads can be found using the links below, One being very first and so on…

One (26/04/12) here Two (14/05/12)  here Three (17/05/12) here Four (20/05/2012) here Five  (23/05/12) here Six (26/05/12) here Seven (28/05/12) here Eight (30/0512) here Nine (02/06/12) here Ten (08/06/12) here Eleven (11/06/12) here  Twelve 13/06/12 here
 
Maybe we take some time to reflect on the children.Who not that long ago, Had 2 pillars of strength in their eyes and lives. Now they have neither, but for the love of their grandparents, Allison’s mum and dad. Please scroll down to read the other story folks.A great idea from another friend of Allison’s, Deanne Hudson
ALSO GET ALONG TO THAT CRICKET GAME  THAT IS ON THIS SATURDAY…I WOULD OF FLOWN UP MYSELF IF NOT FOR MY LITTLE LAD IN HOSPITAL…WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU GUYS UP THERE.

A pain too great for young hearts to bear

by: Madonna King

June 16, 2012

The girls have lost both the pillars of their entire lives

THIS weekend, three little girls are bunkering down with their grandparents.

Still struggling to accept the death of their mother, they are now grappling with the awful accusation that she died at the hands of their father.

That’s almost too difficult for anyone, let alone a young child, to comprehend and you can understand that they might fight it, or even refuse to believe it.

Either way, the charging of their father this week will irrevocably change their lives.

Their mother’s death was inconceivable. How does a young child who still dances like no one is watching process news like that?

But it is the arrest of their father, who has looked after them since their mother’s death, that has now stolen the remaining pillar of the family life they knew and understood.

Gerard Baden-Clay is innocent, until proven otherwise. He deserves the right to a fair trial and should be given one, and he shouldn’t have to wait years for that.

But whatever the eventual verdict is, his children will remember his arms around them as they said goodbye to their mother at a funeral that broke all our hearts.

They will remember being told that their father had been taken away by police because they believed he had hurt their Mum, a woman everyone describes as an angel on earth.

As time passes, God willing and with the loving and protective support of Allison Baden-Clay’s parents, they will learn to focus on the memories that count: their Mum reading to them, tucking them in at night, holding their hands, and swallowing them up with that smile that has beamed out of newspaper pages since we first heard of Allison.

This story has enveloped our state because Allison looked like she had it all. Perhaps we were even a little bit envious of her life. A lovely house in the suburbs, three gorgeous children, and a good-looking husband who was going places.

That postcard image was shattered the day her lifeless body was pulled from a creek, and it was buried when her husband didn’t react in the way many of us wanted.

Now Allison’s parents Geoff and Priscilla Dickie have the unenviable task of rebuilding a family shell around Allison’s three little girls. That’s what she would have wanted; and that’s what they will bust their guts to do.

That’s going to be hard on them too. We saw the pain etched in their faces during public appeals for help as they told us that their lives would never be the same, and that their precious granddaughters just wanted their mum. Their quiet dignity served as an example for all of us.

So many grandparents now have direct care for their grandchildren, but the challenges ahead for the Dickie clan will be so much harder.

I remember the dress I wore to my father’s funeral. It was blue, with a pretty pink belt. I hid it under shoes in my cupboard after that day until no one mentioned it again. And then, because it was a reminder of a day I never wanted to revisit, I cut it into tiny pieces and threw it away.

My father was stolen from me by cancer, not murder. And I was a few years older than Allison’s girls. But memories are memories, and they can be cruel and unforgiving.

Brisbane will remember Allison Baden-Clay as the mum who was so much better than most of us. A mum who could choose the job she wanted, and chose the one of bringing up her three young daughters.

A woman whose elegant dignity meant she would listen to the heartache in others’ lives, but would not share any that might have been part of her life.

A woman who had enormous pride in her three little girls, who now deserve to look each night into the sky and see their mum as the brightest star, guiding them in creating new memories, but holding dear those she created for them.

Allison Baden-Clay’s friends organise event to pay tribute and support daughters

by: Alison Sandy

June 18, 2012

FRIENDS of slain Brookfield mum Allison Baden-Clay will band together for a day of health and well-being aimed at celebrating womanhood, the 43-year-old’s life and to help raise funds for her three daughters.

Allison’s friend Deanne Hudson was inspired to do something after another friend Kerry Anne Walker (pictured), spoke at the funeral

Former Ipswich Girls’ Grammar schoolmate Deanne Hudson said she was inspired by something Mrs Baden-Clay’s friend Kerry-Anne Walker said at the funeral.

“When all this happened with Allison, I just lost sleep like everybody else and I started to think about how I could bring something positive out of this whole thing,” she said.

“Kerry-Anne said, ‘Don’t wait, do – do something with your life’ and I just thought … many of us in life put things off, we hold back from doing something.”

The event, Wear it Today for Allison, on July 16, encourages supporters to wear something they’ve been saving for a special day that may never come.

“And at the same time, think of Allison and her daughters,” Mrs Hudson said.

“We might have something special that we’ve been given that we’re saving for a special day to wear. Sometimes that day may not come as we since found out.

“It’s really just trying to bring people together in unity by wearing something they may not have worn for a long time, or may have never worn.

Mrs Walker lamented at the funeral that she and Allison were always making plans, but often did not follow through.

“We were going to do this and we were going to do that – life I have learnt is precious, and too short,” she said.

“We must do; not plan to do – take the time to reach out to that friend you have not seen in a while, make that call or write that letter you have been meaning to write. Start that hobby or take that walk that you have been putting off. Spend that extra time in the day to really listen to your children rather than letting the daily stresses and strains take over. Drink the good wine, even have an extra Danish pastry.

“Tomorrow doesn’t always come. I now know that, I know that my darling Allison’s last lesson to me is ‘don’t wait, do’.”

Meanwhile, a cricket day fund-raiser will also be held on Saturday at Brookfield Showgrounds with all proceeds to go towards the trust fund set up for the Baden-Clay children.

Donations can be made to the Late Allison Baden-Clay Children Appeal. Sanction No. CP5609, BSB 084 737, account 133196502

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Be nice to each other and speak to others as you would expect to be spoken to yourselves. With decency, tact and acceptance of others right to a view opposite to your own. You do not have to agree, just be polite about saying so, it is not too much to ask!

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A new thread has been started here, to continue the discussion folks.

http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2012/06/20/prosecutor-danny-boyle-appointed-to-baden-clay-murder-case-bail-updates/

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How much longer till the police pounce on Baden-Clay killer?


Been a few days since an update and the other thread is getting very slow to load thanks to hundreds upon hundreds of comments and discussion. The stuff I’m hearing around the traps is amazing, and if I were in any way whatsoever involved in this I would be getting my affairs in order, because there is not a lot of time left on freedom street.

The Original extensive coverage here folks, with many more pictures and important videos…It is slow to load with so many comments…http://aussiecriminals.com.au/2012/04/26/what-has-happened-to-missing-mother-allison-baden-clay/

UPDATE 16/05/12 WITNESSES COME FORWARD ON CAR

These are the Baden-Clay cars, any connection to a smaller blue 4 wheel drive I wonder?

A WITNESS has told police of seeing two four-wheel-drives near Kholo Creek crossing early on the day Allison Baden-Clay was reported missing.

It is alleged a white four-wheel-drive didn’t have its headlights on, only parking lights, and was closely tailing a smaller, blue four-wheel-drive at about 4am on April 20.

The witness told of noticing the vehicles at Anstead in Brisbane’s west – within 2km of where the 43-year-old mother of three’s body was found 10 days later. Police said Mrs Baden-Clay was reported missing by her husband Gerard at 7.30am Friday after she failed to return from her usual morning walk.

He told police he had last seen his wife at their Brookfield home about 10pm the previous night.

It is understood several members of the community have come forward with information, triggering a number of new lines of investigation.

Police have established a major incident room with detectives, intelligence analysts and forensic officers to help with the investigation.
A trust fund has been set up for the daughters of Allison Baden-Clay. Donations can be made through the NAB to BSB: 084 737, account: 133 196 502, or via badenclay.appeal@gmail.com

They are believed to be awaiting results from forensic tests including toxicology.

The Baden-Clays’ cars – a white Toyota Prado four-wheel-drive and a silver Holden Captiva – were taken in by police for forensic tests and have since been released.

Mrs Baden-Clay’s funeral, held last Friday, included a guard of honour by students from Ipswich Girls’ Grammar where she was vice-captain.

Talks are under way to establish a memorial plaque for the mother of three as tributes continue to pour in.

Several fundraisers have been held.

Well-wishers wanting to help the Baden-Clay family have been encouraged to donate to the Allison Baden-Clay appeal. Donations can be made via NAB to BSB: 084737, account number: 133196502.

Celebrations at this week’s Brookfield Show, held just 200m from the Baden-Clays’ home, are expected to be somewhat sombre.

The show, which begins tomorrow at Brookfield Showgrounds where police set up a command post while they searched for Mrs Baden-Clay , was sponsored last year by Gerard Baden-Clay’s Century 21 real estate franchise.

The Baden-Clay family have been members of the Brookfield Show Society in the past but it is believed they did not renew their membership this year.

The show is expected to attract about 20,000 people.

Brookfield Show Society president James Booth said the event would be a rallying point for the community affected by the tragic loss of Mrs Baden-Clay.


How long more till the police pounce on Baden-Clay killer?

How long more will the public have to wait for the police to make an arrest over the brutal killing of Allison Baden-Clay?

Time is creeping on and the police have assured the people of Brisbane’s western suburbs there is no crazed killer on the loose ready to attack again.

If that is true, they must have their quarry well and truly within their sights and must be superbly confident the killer will not strike again.

Speculation remains at fever pitch across southeast Queensland as to the identity of the killer.

There is even a suggestion in legal circles that up to 5 people may be arrested over the murder, including accessories after the fact. Presumably, if that is right, the police will make simultaneous arrests over the next few days, which would make a 5-pronged interviewing process incredibly demanding on the police as well as putting intense pressure on those in custody to confess.

Speculation is rife that the killer may have even attended the church service at St Paul’s in Ipswich last Friday which might explain the incredible rumour circulating at the moment that the police had secret microphones planted in the flowers at the service in case someone whispered words which could be construed by a jury as a confession or an admission or indication of guilt.

It seems the police are leaving no stone unturned in this case with phone taps, vehicle tracking devices and seizure of medical and computer records no doubt just the tip of the iceberg, as the net closes on the killer who will have more explaining to do than Peter Slipper and Craig Thomson combined.

This is shaping up as the murder trial to end all trials in Queensland with justice for Allison Baden-Clay hopefully only hours away.

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A SCIENTIST who gave forensic evidence in the defence of Lindy Chamberlain says Allison Baden-Clay’s body would be telling the story of her death to detectives investigating her murder.

As police reveal they are close to an arrest, one of Australia’s best-known biological scientists, professor emeritus Barry Boettcher, said pathology results would be telling police what Mrs Baden-Clay can’t.

The mother-of-three’s body was found on the banks of the Kholo Creek at Mt Crosby on April 30, 11 days after she allegedly left her Brookfield home for a late-night walk.

She was reported missing at 7.30am the following morning by her husband, Gerard.

Her body was discovered by a passing canoeist, who spotted her lying on the bank of the creek under a bridge.

It is not known whether she had been there the entire time, whether she had been moved, or whether heavy rain in the days before the discovery washed her downstream.

Prof Boettcher said in many cases, it could be easily determined.

“When somebody dies, blood will pool to the lowest portions of the body depending on how they are positioned,” he said.

“If the body is then moved, that could be determined from the body being in a different position to where the blood has already settled if the blood is not appropriate to the new position.”

He said the blood would not re-pool if a body had been in a certain position for some days.

“Forensic people would readily be able to determine whether a body had been moved after several days,” Prof Boettcher said.

The professor said it was unusual to get useful information from under someone’s fingernails.

“Material under the fingernails would suffer from being in water but secondly – and I have specifically done a study on this – it is a beautiful spot for bacteria to grow,” Prof Boettcher said.

“Material under the fingernails will get digested from under the fingernails in just a few hours.

“I often scoff at television programs that show people being convicted on vital evidence obtained from under fingernails because it needs to be obtained very rapidly.”

He said it could take weeks for police to receive all the results from forensic tests.

Former lecturer and author of Crucial Errors in Murder Investigations Ted Duhs, who has worked with Prof Boettcher, said it was obvious police were working to eliminate various theories on the killer.

“A murder is about theories, who the perpetrator was, what the motive was and so on,” he said.

“I noticed the investigating detective said he did not believe it was a random killing – and if that is true then they have eliminated at least one theory.”

Detective Superintendent Mark Ainsworth confirmed this weekend that police did not believe Mrs Baden-Clay was killed by a random attacker.

“At this stage we don’t believe it is random,” he said.

“We believe that Allison may have known her attacker.”

Yesterday, Mrs Baden-Clay’s three daughters, aged 10, 8 and 5, had their first Mother’s Day without her.

My Poem dedicated to Allison by Robbo

Silly man, thought you could play
By making the wife just go away…

Weak and cowardly, you lied and lied
Knowing your kids mummy, had already died

You tried to hide and play so sad
Made everyone around you so very mad

Coward Clay, a poor excuse of a man
You are on your way to a prison van.

ALL VIDEO WILL GO HERE AT THE BOTTOM AS I ADD IT , FOR FORMATTING REASONS…THANKS

http://youtu.be/j-MsU_So4M0

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Bracken Bridge mother Noni Zischke found murdered -Husband Trevor Zischke Charged…TOWBALL USED


What a shocking situation for another family, this time in Bracken Ridge  Qld…More details to come, but we do know the husband was taken into custody after his car was intercepted on the Bruce Highway following the discovery of his wife’s body this morning…It is alleged he smashed her head with a towball and then stabbed her…A Despicable, gutless, cowardly act

UPDATE 10/05/12

Trevor Ernie Zischke, 53, of Bracken Ridge stared at the floor during his brief appearance in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today where he was accused of murdering his wife Noni, 55, in the bedroom of their home yesterday.

A MAN has faced court charged with the murder of his wife after he allegedly bludgeoned her about the head with a car towball before stabbing her with a knife.

Trevor Ernie Zischke, 53, of Bracken Ridge stared at the floor during his brief appearance in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today where he was accused of murdering his wife Noni, 55, in the bedroom of their home yesterday.

Zischke was arrested when police intercepted his vehicle a few hours later at Morayfield as he headed north towards the Bruce Highway.

Defence lawyer Adam Magill adjourned the case for a mention in June before his client was remanded in custody.

Zischke must go to the Supreme Court if he wants to seek bail, but outside court, Mr Magill said he had no plans to make that application.

“He’s in a terrible state, he’s both emotionally and physically devastated,” he said.

“It’s a tragic end to a very long relationship unfortunately.”

Police are expected to allege Zischke used the towball of a car to bash his wife in the head before stabbing her.

“The facts are very sketchy at this point in time but it does appear that the intention was for him to end his own life but he just couldn’t get to that stage,” Mr Magill said.

Despite the charge, he said Zischke’s family are still supporting him after engaging Mr Magill on Wednesday night.

He confirmed the 53-year-old would be on suicide watch during his time in custody and was more of a threat to himself than anyone else.

“I think there are definitely some mental health issues there. I think the gravity of the whole thing has just hit him now,” he said.

“He’s not in a good way. He’s really struggling with it.”
NEIGHBOURS are “heartbroken” by discovery of Noni Zischke’s body in a Brisbane home. Their reaction follows dramatic roadside arrest of her husband, Trevor  Zischke.

NEIGHBOURS are “heartbroken” by discovery of Noni Zischke’s body in a Brisbane home. Their reaction follows dramatic roadside arrest of her husband, Trevor Zischke.

Police found the body of Noni Zischke in her Bracken Ridge home shortly after 10am.

Neighbours described the mother of two as a “beautiful lady”.

Mrs Zischke lived at the home with her husband Trevor and adult son Tim. Their adult daughter Nicole had previously moved out.

Mr Zischke was intercepted while driving toward the Bruce Highway this morning.

He was driving a vehicle heading north.

Detectives, scenes of crime officers and forensic experts are at the Tallara St home.

Police cordoned off the street after being called to the double story brick house about 10.20am where they located the body inside.

Lathmahina said he had known the family since 1982.

“My wife and I, we went out shopping (about 9.45am) and when we came back the road was packed with cars and we were just wondering what was happening,” he said.

“We came back from shopping and (Tim Zischke) was already here with his sister Nicole.

“Trevor does the mowing. I help him out sometimes with fixing up the whipper snipper.”

Mr Lathmahina broke down as he described Mrs Zischke.

“I look at them just like my family,” he said.

“They were a very nice family.

“She’s a beautiful lady. She respect me. I respect them.”

Mr Lathmahina said he was “heartbroken”.

“It was just like a surprise,” he said.

“Where I come from (PNG) these is no such thing like this. We just help one another.”

Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Detectives driving both marked and unmarked cars detained the man at the entry to the northbound exit onto the Bruce Highway off Buchanan Rd at Morayfield at midday.

He was fitted in a blue suit at the scene, likely in an effort to preserve any forensic evidence.

Police have cordoned off the exit and warned motorists to exercise caution.

Police were called to the double story Bracken Ridge home about 10.20am where the body of a woman was located inside.

Ex CFA trainee Brendan Sokaluk guilty of Black Saturday arson deaths-DPP APPEALS SENTENCE


DPP appeals sentence handed to Black Saturday arsonist Brendan Sokaluk

AND SO THEY SHOULD, HE SHOULD GET THAT FOR EACH DEATH, NEVER TO LEAVE JAIL.WHAT SORT OF MESSAGE DOES IT SEND? An arsonist would get the same for burning down a Bunnings store  in the middle of the night with no deaths….Extremely inadequate…

UPDATE 30/05/12

THE Director of Public Prosecutions has appealed the 17-years and nine-month maximum – with 14-year-minimum – sentence imposed on one of Victoria’s worst killers, Black Saturday arsonist Brendan James Sokaluk, arguing the jail term was “manifestly inadequate”.

The Churchill fire which Sokaluk started, by deliberately throwing burning paper out his car window on the 46.3C day, killed 10 people, destroyed 156 homes and burnt 36,000ha.

Sokaluk, 42, was found guilty by a jury of ten counts of arson causing death over the February 7, 2009 blaze and was sentenced in April by Supreme Court judge Justice Paul Coghlan.

With almost three years already spent on remand, Sokaluk, a one-time CFA volunteer, would have been eligible for parole in just over 11 years.

Each count of arson causing death carries a maximum 25 years jail.

In delivering his sentence, Justice Coghlan cited Sokaluk’s autism spectrum disorder, but said in the jury’s verdict they had dismissed his claims the fire was started by accident after Sokaluk said he used a napkin to dispose of a burning ember from his cigarette.

 

Brendan Sokaluk is taken into the Supreme Court in custody before his sentence.

Read the Royal Commission report into the Churchill blaze

Expert evidence during the trial showed the paper could only have ignited the blaze if already burning when thrown from the vehicle.

Justice Coghlan said Sokaluk also tried to divert attention by making an insurance claim on his car the day after the fire and sending an email to Crime Stoppers claiming to have seen a DSE firefighter starting the blaze.

At the time of sentencing, the judge said the law did not seek to place a value, in terms of sentence length, on each life lost.

Listen to Justice Coghlan sentence Sokaluk

“For the victims, these were and are life-changing events and no sentence that I impose can in any way compensate for their loss,” Justice Coghlan said.

“The law, through me, does not intend to put a value on a life in those terms. Each life is precious . . . not just to the victim but to the community as a whole.”

Listen to Sokaluk’s Triple-0 phone call

 

Killed were brothers David and Colin Gibson, who died defending their parents’ property at Glendonald Rd; Annette Leatham, at her daughter’s property on Cooks Rd, Callignee; Alfred Frendo and his son Scott, caught in or near their vehicles near the family home in Old Callignee Rd, Callignee; Martin Schultz, as he sought refuge in his ute in a creek bed while trying to drive from his home at Factory Rd, Callignee; and Allan and Miros Jacobs, their son Luke and Luke’s friend Nathan Charles at the Jacobs’ property at Traralgon Creek Rd, Koornalla.

The DPP appeal for a longer sentence will be heard in the Court of Appeal on a date to be fixed.

Patrick Carlyon: The boy who played with fire

 
View Sokaluk’s path of destruction in a larger map

 

Watch Brendan Sokaluk’s explosive police interview where he admits to starting the fatal Churchill blaze that killed ten people and returns…

Arsonist’s confession

A jury today found Brendan Sokaluk guilty of starting the devastating Churchill bushfire that took the lives of 10 people on Black Saturday.

It is believed no one else in the state’s criminal history has killed more people.

Sokaluk, 42, looked confused but showed little emotion when the jury foreperson announced “guilty” as each of the 10 counts of arson causing death were read out in the Supreme Court today.

Sokaluk looked round the court, chewed his lip and twitched nervously.

Victims who lost family members and friends in the inferno were in court to hear the verdict and they smiled and hugged each other.

Sokaluk will face a pre-sentence plea hearing on a date to be fixed but his lawyer announced as she left court that it was likely he would appeal the verdicts.

Asked how Sokaluk was feeling Jane Dixon SC said “Shattered, of course”.

“I think he’s a bit lost at the moment,” she said.

During the trial Ms Dixon painted a picture of a harmless individual, a “simpleton” whose autism set him apart from others in the community.

“He’s a bit of a misfit really, but nevertheless he muddled along in his own way muddled along OK with a bit of help from his mum and dad, comfortable enough with his own company, his dog, his hobbies, his obsessions,” she told the jury in her summing up.

But the Crown painted a different picture.

A man who deliberately drove to bushland and started a fire on a day that had temperatures that reached nearly 45C and ended with a 70km/h wind change that blasted the fire front across the homes of his victims.

A man who was calculating enough to lie about his reasons for being in the area, to try to cover his tracks and to point the finger at others.

The trial before Justice Paul Coghlan was told people in the Churchill area thought Sokaluk was a weirdo and called him” beanie boy” and other names and as soon as locals learned he was in the area where the bushfire erupted he became the prime suspect.

And he knew it.

Listen to Sokaluk’s 000 call

Sokaluk was questioned by police five days after Black Saturday and took part in a reconstruction of his movements on the day and in a later four-hour record of interview told detectives he had “done it accidentally”.

He gave an explanation that a piece of ash dropped from a cigarette as he was driving along a dirt road and he scooped it up in a napkin and threw it out of his car window.

This led him to believe he had started the inferno that consumed 36,000ha and destroyed 156 homes.

The case against Sokaluk was circumstantial. No one saw him light the two fires at the junction of Glendonald Rd and Jelleffs Outlet, about 3km from Churchill fire station.

Prosecutor Ray Elston SC told the jury it was the Crown case that Sokaluk tried to disguise his crime by claiming to police that it was an accident, lying about his reasons for being in the area and trying to point the finger at others.

Police managed to piece together Sokaluk’s movements on Black Saturday almost to the minute from phone records, witness accounts, shop receipts and CCTV footage.

In the morning of Sokaluk picked up his father Kazimir in his distinctive sky blue Holden HJ and the pair drove to Morwell and Traralgon, visited auto and hardware stores, had lunch at KFC and bought lottery tickets.

Kazimir Sokaluk said Brendan’s car was playing up and “running rough” but against his advice his son said he was “going up into the trees” because it was cooler there.

Sokaluk also said he wanted to get a chisel set back from a friend named Dave who lived in that area.

At 1.16 pm Sokaluk was in the IGA store in Churchill where he bought cigarettes before heading off into the Jeeralang Hills.

Within 15 minutes a fire erupted in the hills and witnesses said that in tinder dry conditions the inferno tore through the bush seawards towards Yarram.

Later in the day a devastating wind change forced the fire to burn back on itself and in the hours following 10 people died.

Sokaluk pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of arson causing death and two counts of causing a bushfire, over the blaze in Gippsland on February 7, 2009.

The Crown called 80 witnesses and its case was a mosaic of evidence that pointed to the guilt of Sokaluk.

Mr Elston told the jury the accused had no reason to be in the area that day and if he was going to see Dave, who was home, he never got there.

“Why did he travel on a dirt road to get out there?” Mr Elston said to the jury in his summing up. “Why did he drive off that dirt road on to a graded track on the south side of Glendonald Road?

“That is obviously the wrong side of the road for someone going east. He he chooses (a track) one on the right-hand side closest to the eucalypts.”

Read the Royal Commission report on the Churchill blaze

Sokaluk admitted to police he was the only person in the area just before the fire started and the jury heard a 000 call he made to report the fire and in which he told an operator “it’s getting big”.

A short distance from where the fire started Sokaluk’s car broke down and he was spotted at the side of the road by a Churchill CFA truck and then later picked up by a couple who drove him back to town.

Neighbours saw Sokaluk on his roof watching the progress of the fire and for some never explained reason he later walked back into the fire area.

A resident found him in his back yard and told him to shelter in his house a few minutes before the returning fire storm passed.

The jury saw a pathetic picture of Sokaluk with a garden hose in his hand taken by the resident.

Mr Elston said Sokaluk told a number of differing stories about his reasons for going to the hills and performed several incriminating acts, including making a false anonymous report to Crime Stoppers from his home computer blaming a DSE worker.

Ms Dixon told the jury it was a “finely balanced circumstantial case” against her client and Crown case was not “bullet proof”.

Ms Dixon said people who knew her client described him as a “lights out and no-one home” type of personality.

But the technical term was that he had autism spectrum disorder, a neuro developmental disorder which affects his communication, executive processing and his sensory perceptions.

In her summing up Ms Dixon told the jury to reject the prosecution case that Sokaluk was a calculating and cunning liar.

“Frankly Brendan Sokaluk would not be capable of calculating his way even out of a paper bag unless he had a map,” Ms Dixon said.

“He’s not retarded, he’s not dumb in that sense, but he’s certainly not in terms of autism, he’s not some Rain Man character”.

But the jury rejected the notion Sokaluk was an innocent victim of circumstance and who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

He was a killer who brought death and devastation to his own community and left a vile legacy for LaTrobe Valley that will never be forgotten or erased.

Matthew Johnson Found Guilty of Murdering Carl Williams


Matthew Johnson has been found guilty of Murder

UPDATE 08/12/11 Sentencing today

R v Matthew Charles Johnson (sentence)
Melbourne Court 4, 11:00am
Justice Lex Lasry

Johnson is set for sentencing at 11am (now) But Justice Lex Lasry will go through the crime and circumstances before he actually sentences him. Hopefully he will do that within an hour or 2….They like to go on a bit…

I expect the last words Johnson will hear before being carted back to Barwon will be life Imprisonment, and then as it will be his final appearance he will leave the judge with some fine words of wisdom…

Anyway I will put an update as soon as I get the info, I was thinking about going in for it, but apparently the scumbag’s loser friends don’t think that highly of me I hear….haha

Matthew Johnson Found Guilty of Murdering Carl Williams

Justice Lasry has just adjourned the court until tomorrow morning at 9.30am when further administrative applications will be heard and considered. Johnson has now been remanded to Barwon Prison until further hearing on plea and sentence.

MORE TO COME 3.50pm 29/09/11 scroll down to read what the jury didnt know about this KILLER

CARL Williams’ killer Matthew Charles Johnson has been found guilty of his murder.

The verdict was reached just before 3.23pm today after deliberations that took over 13 hours over two days.

The violent career criminal bashed the gangland identity to death with an exercise bike stem in a surprise attack caught on chilling security video.

But staff weren’t manning the cameras that captured Johnson approaching Williams, 39, from behind as he sat at a table reading the Herald Sun in his high-security Barwon prison unit on April 19 last year.

Johnson, 38, told the jury he acted in self-defence, claiming another prisoner warned him that Williams was going to attack him with a sock full of billiard balls so he had to get in first.

But a Supreme Court jury’s verdict means they didn’t believe the threat was ever made.

The trial sat for 14 days and heard explosive allegations made by Williams before his death, including that a corrupt policeman paid him to have police informer Terence Hodson executed.

The prosecution had argued that Johnson’s motive might have been Williams’ agreement to help police over the Hodson murder.

The jury weren’t told Johnson has well over 100 convictions, has spent most of his adult life in prison and has a history of bashing other inmates for “turning dog” or helping authorities.

The Premier and the General

A former concreter who didn’t finish high school, Johnson was a jail heavyweight and self-proclaimed “general” of a group of inmates who called themselves the Prisoners of War.

He wrote of his plans to kill Williams the day before he did, telling another inmate, “not much doing here brother, just D2TE (death to the enemy) the way it should be”.

“I think I’ll have to hang around for a while longer … doesn’t matter but coz I love this s—. I am the true general so I must keep things in good order, true.”

He told nobody of the threat by Williams and the man who allegedly conveyed the message, cellmate Tommy Ivanovic, did not give evidence at the trial.

Johnson claimed Williams treated him badly, looked down on him and told him he was disloyal for refusing to kill a policeman for him.

He said he feared retribution for his family outside if he reacted to Williams’ provocation.

“He was a killer. If you’re not going to take a threat that comes from his corner seriously there’s something wrong with you,” he told the jury.

The trial heard evidence from Williams’ father George, who once shared the unit with Williams and Johnson before his release on parole, and Roberta Williams.

The jury also heard details of Williams’ claims of high-reaching police corruption, including that former drug squad detective Paul Dale paid him to have Hodson killed so the informer would not be able to give evidence in Dale’s court case.

VIDEO FROM INSIDE THE UNIT THE DAY CARL WAS MURDERED

AUDIO SECRETLY RECORDED INSIDE JAIL DURING VISITS

 

WHAT THE JURY DID NOT KNOW AT THE TRIAL

THE jury in the Matthew Johnson trial knew he was a criminal, but heard nothing of his frighteningly violent past.

More than a decade before he bashed Williams to death, he’d committed a strikingly similar crime in the very same unit of Barwon Prison – and claimed self-defence that time too.

And recently he faced a murder charge after an 18-year-old was shot dead over $50 worth of cannabis. That time, the jury believed him and he was cleared.

In 1998, he was part of a group of inmates that attacked a fellow prisoner for “giving information” to authorities – and used the same weapon he killed Williams with.

The victim of that beating, killer Greg Brazel, had been put into an Acacia unit exercise yard alone for his own safety.

But even prison walls were no match for Johnson and his cronies, who were set on attacking him.

Using a rowing machine and chair, the group pounded the armoured glass protecting Brazel for 45 minutes until they broke through, with Johnson then wielding a sandwich maker to inflict large gashes to his head.

A sandwich maker was something Johnson admitted to the jury he’d also considered using to kill Williams.

A prison officer reported seeing him use an exercise bike seat with the post attached to hit Brazel before punching and kicking him on the ground.

He ordered one of the others to stand guard and stop prison officers entering.

When charged over the assault, Johnson claimed Brazel had broken the glass himself and invited Johnson to enter before attacking him.

Johnson said he was forced to hit and kick him in self-defence.

During the County Court trial the group threw a bag of excrement into the jury box and Johnson broke wind into a microphone.

Later, Johnson menacingly called out to the juror that had been struck by the excrement – by name.

They were banished from their own hearing to watch proceedings from another room linked by video camera.

There his co-offenders bared their buttocks at the camera and the group disrupted the hearing with the Collingwood theme song.

Johnson was also involved in bashing another prisoner in 1995 after breaking into a protection unit.

By the time of the Brazel attack he had already racked up 132 convictions.

His shocking record includes taking part in the infamous Port Phillip Prison riot in 1998, armed robberies and break-ins.

He was accused of shooting dead a teenager in 2007 over a $50 drug purchase.

“Before the deceased could explain himself, Johnson pulled out a nine millimetre pistol and shot him in the chest,” the jury was told in that trial, with a co-offender giving evidence that he saw Johnson pull the trigger.

He was found not guilty of the crime. Johnson also recently pleaded guilty over a carjacking, in which he held up a mother and two teenagers at gunpoint as they sat in a McDonald’s car park

More here about that killing here http://aussiecriminals.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/matthew-johnson-killed-kid-over-50-drugs/#comment-13873

(Including some great debate and comment)

Carl "The Premier" Williams Cell

Once an exercise bike, now part of a crime scene

Who had the balls to kill who?

What the hell has been happening?


What have I missed people? Well let me start from today and work backwards.

  • A Magistrate Jelena Popovic in Victoria who announced she was an avid fan of the accused before giving a nice soft “No Conviction recorded” against Renee Geyer, who stacked her car causing great damage twice in several months, blaming “medications”… An appointed Vic Roads examiner produced CD’s for her to sign at her driving assessment after the accidents… WTF…Geyer even announced she wanted all to come to her next concert outside court…
  • A Guilty Verdict in the case against Former NSW crime fighter Mark Standen, one of the bosses of the nation crime authority, in that he attempted to import millions of dollars of pre cursers to meth drugs.
  • The Madeleine Pulver bomb hoax case A bizarre hoax bomb ransom that on a lot of levels appears to be played out by someone close to the victim
  • The final curtain call on the matriarch of a crime dynasty here in Melbourne, with the old style gangsters mole , Judy Moran, being sentences to a min of 21 years in her part in the execution of her brother-in-law, all for the greedy purpose of thinking she deserved more than she be given in over 30 years of free rides….
  • And this is just the last few days…But seriously folks I needed a big break with several family issues and health reasons at play. I have missed the place and feel bad in that It sees I may have ignored people who have written to me for help. I promise I will get to each and every one of you over the next week or so.
  • Oh yeah, the government having being exposed in trying to bury billions of dollars of wasted money in Aboriginal Affairs
  • The Carbon “Whatever it’s called this week” debacle
  • The asylum seeker mayhem, with high court hearings. The deal of the century was we give Malaysia 800 of our asylum seekers and we take 4000 of theirs. Now I left school at an early age, and if the paid me some of the  millions they spend on experts and advisors, I could have told them in 2 minutes, Fella’s, this is not a very good deal for us…. ( Not to mention they treat the asylum seekers like mongrel dogs n Malaysia)

I have so much to catch on and hope you all hang in there and we get the place up and current…

14-YEAR-OLD boy who stabbed mother of 3, Rosa Mercuri ,gets bail!


In what can be described as nothing short of a tragic waste of life,

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy charged with killing a mother-of-three after egging her house has been released on bail after a court heard the fatal stabbing was triggered by a “very minor” clash between rival groups of teenaged boys.

Rosa Mercuri lies on the side of the road after being fatally stabbed

Rosa Mercuri, 40, was at home with her family on Sunday night when their Lalor property, in Melbourne‘s northern suburbs, was egged by a group of boys about 8pm.

She and her husband, identified as Pat, went outside to investigate and pursued the boys in their car, taking their 11-year-old daughter with them.

A homicide detective investigating the case yesterday told a children’s court Ms Mercuri died from a single stab wound when she encountered the accused boy, who cannot be identified, a few blocks from her house.

She was still with her daughter, while her husband had left to chase some of the boys on foot.

Ms Mercuri and the accused boy allegedly became involved in a struggle.

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She received a fatal wound to her upper body.

He suffered a wound to the head.

She quickly died, with her daughter left sobbing over the body while her husband tried vainly to resuscitate her.

The detective said the boys had gone to throw eggs at the Mercuri house because of an “ongoing dispute” of “a very minor nature” with another group of boys.

Ms Mercuri had two teenaged sons, one of them telling the Herald-Sun they believed the egg attack was random and a house down the street was also pelted.

“It’s never happened before,” he said.

“We’ve never really had fights with anyone.” Ms Mercuri’s son said his mother would never stand for the prank on an innocent family.

“She always had the guts in the family,” he told the newspaper.

The 14-year old, who lives with his father and brother in nearby Bundoora, has been charged with manslaughter.

Police did not oppose his bail, saying they were satisfied there was little risk of further violence.

Other youths, including the boy’s 20-year old brother, were questioned and released without charge.

The boy, who is of Asian descent, has no previous convictions and has agreed to report to police once a week and surrender his passport before appearing again in October.

He appeared calm and expressionless throughout yesterday’s hour-long hearing, occasionally glancing at his father.

Anne Watson, who lives in the street where Ms Mercuri died, said a loud scream brought her outside to see what was happening.

“There was a body on the ground and this man was saying ‘Wake up, wake up’,” she said. “Then he said: ‘She hasn’t got a heartbeat’ “

Police found an Asian boy believed to be a friend of the accused hiding in the bushes outside a nearby house.

“He said: ‘I’ve had an asthma attack; I can’t breathe,” Mrs Watson said.

POLICE say an egging incident which resulted in a 14-year-old boy being charged with the manslaughter of a mother of three was sparked by a minor dispute.

The boy has been bailed after appearing in a children’s court today charged with the stabbing death of Rosa Maria Mercuri, 40, who died in a street in Melbourne’s north last night.

Police will examine a head injury sustained by the boy in the alleged attack.

Ms Mercuri was pursuing a group of youths who threw eggs at her home in Tunbridge Crescent in Lalor last night when the incident unfolded.

Detective Senior Constable Matthew Tuininga told the court the egg throwing incident resulted from a “very minor dispute” between two groups of males.

Detective Senior Constable Tuininga said the boy told police he received a head injury after the knife he was holding during the fatal altercation came back at him forcefully and he struck himself in the head.

The magistrate gave police approval to obtain a mouth swab from the boy to match it with DNA found at the crime scene.

They were also given permission to undertake a forensic examination of him to determine the extent of his head wound.

The magistrate bailed the boy, noting his young age, family support and the fact the prosecution did not oppose his release.

The accused is due back in court in October.

Police arrested five people – four teenagers and a 20-year-old – in relation to the incident, which occurred about 8.15pm (AEST).

The 20-year-old, who is the brother of the accused, and three teenagers who were questioned over the stabbing were later released.

AAP

Casey Anthony Murder Trial- Live Feed to trial


UPDATE 05/07/11  8 Weeks and finally the jury has gone into deliberations in this case. Closing statements are over, 100′s of pieces of evidence, just short of 100 witnesses and plenty of Barneys with the State and defence going at each other. So 3 years after little Caylee went missing and her little bones were found in swampland near here home, we have the jury in deciding the outcome. I pray to god this disgusting excuse for a mother gets the death Penalty, the very same one she gave her little girl so she could go out and party party party.

State Ends Arguments, Casey Jury To Be Instructed

July 4, 2011

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The state ended its closing arguments in Casey Anthony’s murder trial on Monday, and the jury will be instructed by the judge on the seven separate charges Casey faces, including first-degree murder.

Prosecutors in the Casey Anthony murder trial told jurors they kept their promises, alluding to defence claims that never materialized.

Prosecutors also said it is “absurd” to think her 2-year-old daughter drowned or that Casey’s father, George Anthony, covered up Caylee Marie Anthony‘s death to make it look like murder.

Monday marks day 46, including jury selection, in Casey’s trial. She’s accused of killing Caylee.

Casey entered the courtroom just before 8:30 a.m. on Monday, wearing a blue and white striped shirt and dark pants. She had her hair pulled back in a bun. Casey’s parents, Cindy and George Anthony were also present.

The state was trying to persuade the jury that their forensic evidence was strong, countering the defence accusation that it was based on “fantasy.”

Prosecutor Jeff Ashton told the jurors during his rebuttal closing argument that no one makes an innocent accident look like a murder. The defence contends that Caylee drowned in the family’s pool and when Casey panicked, George, a former police officer, decided to make the death look like a homicide by placing duct tape over Caylee’s mouth and dumping her body in some nearby woods. George Anthony has denied that.

“That’s absurd. Nothing has been presented to you to make that any less absurd,” Ashton said.

Ashton also spent significant time reminding the jurors about the forensic evidence that he says links Casey to her daughter’s death, including the smell and chemical signature of decomposition in her car.

After a short recess, it was lead prosecutor Linda Drane-Burdick’s turn. Drane-Burdick told the jurors during the rebuttal closing argument that she and her colleagues backed up every claim they made in their opening statement six weeks ago. Without saying it, she was pointing out to the jury that the defence never directly backed up its opening statement claim that Caylee drowned and that Anthony’s father made the death look like a murder.

The jurors, who were chosen from the Tampa Bay area and sequestered in an Orlando hotel, will then begin their deliberations and decide which portrait of 25-year-old Casey Anthony to believe.

The state contends Casey was a party girl who killed Caylee because the toddler got in the way of her love life.

“Something needed to be sacrificed, that something was either the life she wanted or the life thrust upon her. She chose to sacrifice her child,” Ashton said during his original 90-minute argument Sunday.

Her attorneys contend that after Caylee drowned, her troubled mother’s lies and erratic behaviour were brought on by sexual abuse she suffered as a child from her father. George Anthony also denies that allegation. Judge Belvin Perry has ruled that no evidence of such abuse has been presented and struck it from closing arguments.

Defense attorney Jose Baez said during his closing argument on Sunday that the prosecutors’ case was so weak they tried to portray Casey as “a lying, no-good slut” and that their forensic evidence was based on a “fantasy.” He said Caylee’s death was “an accident that snowballed out of control.” Baez began his closing argument Sunday with his biggest question: How did Caylee die? Neither prosecutors nor the defence have offered firm proof.

He attacked the prosecution’s forensic evidence. He said air analysis of the trunk of Casey’s car, which allegedly showed air molecules consistent with decomposition, could not be duplicated. No one could prove a stain found in the trunk was caused by Caylee’s body decomposing there. And witnesses showed maggots found in the trunk came from a bag of trash that was found there, he said.

“They throw enough against the wall and see what sticks. That is what they’re doing … right down to the cause of death,” Baez said. He conceded his client had told elaborate lies and invented imaginary friends and even a fake father for Caylee, but he said that doesn’t mean she killed her daughter.

Baez also attacked George as unreliable. He said a suicide note that George wrote in January 2009 that claimed no knowledge of what happened to Caylee was self-serving and the attempt was a fraud. He said George claimed he was going to kill himself with a six-pack of beer and some high-blood pressure medicine.

Ashton, the prosecutor, began his closing argument Sunday by showing a video of Casey playing with Caylee, causing Casey to apparently choke back tears. But she quickly regained her composure.

He said Caylee’s death wasn’t an accident because three pieces of duct tape were placed on her face — one on the mouth, one on the nose and one over those to be “thorough.”

He then told the jury that Casey worried Caylee was getting to the age where she would have told Casey’s parents the woman was spending her days and nights with her boyfriend — not going to work and leaving Caylee with a nanny.

“Casey is very bright,” Ashton said. “Her lies are very detailed. … But when Casey wants to do what Casey wants to do, she finds a way.”

The prosecutor then described the lies Casey told her parents, George and Cindy, about why she couldn’t produce Caylee after the toddler was last seen June 16, 2008: that she was with a nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez (Zanny), a woman who doesn’t exist; that Casey and her daughter were spending time in Jacksonville with a rich boyfriend who doesn’t exist; and that Zanny had been hospitalized after an out-of-town traffic accident and that they were spending time with her.

The lies only fell apart, Ashton said, a month later when a junkyard employee told George and Cindy their daughter’s car had been towed. When they picked it up, they discovered a foul odour. George y and the tow yard operator said it smelled like human decomposition.

Cindy then tracked down her daughter. When she couldn’t produce Caylee, her parents called police. Casey then told investigators she worked at Universal Studios theme park as an event planner. She went so far as to take them there, talk her way past security into an office building. She gave up the lie as she was walking down the hall.

After the state is done with its rebuttal Monday, about an hour of jury instructions is expected before deliberations begin.

Casey is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and four counts of lying to law enforcement. The child abuse and manslaughter charges each carry a 30-year prison term if convicted.

Casey has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Caylee’s death and could face the death penalty if convicted of that charge.

Re Casey Anthony Trial If anybody wants to chat online about this case during the night I started a chatroom here http://www.chatzy.com/579050344752 while we watch the trial.Come join me there

I just put together a couple of images so you can tell who is where if you come on and watch this trial live each night.

UPDATE well I have been up late at night to the detriment of my family and obligations but this LIVE TO AIR case in intriguing and every day brings a surprise or 5…But this one has to take the cake. Casey’s mum Cindy has done a few flips in this case because she is torn between her only daughter and the grand daughter in question. BUT to lie outright against earlier testimony reeks…She was made a fool of by the state, because what she had to say went against all known depositions etc etc she had given.Now sure save your daughters death penalty but when the time comes….stick to the facts in court…All she has done is discredit herself in front of millions…

Cindy Anthony’s testimony on Thursday directly contradicted prosecutors’ theory that Casey was the one who made the Internet searches.

Chloroform is a chemical compound that can be used to knock someone unconscious and also is found in human decomposition.

She said she started searching chlorophyll, but Google sent her elsewhere. Her attorney said she’s telling the truth and not just trying to protect Casey.

“She testified as truthfully today as she did when she testified for the state of Florida,” said attorney Mark Lippman.

Lippman said Cindy Anthony’s memory is now better because of medication, and now she remembers being home from work on the day “chloroform” was Goggled.

Cindy’s work records indicate she was at work, and prosecutors asked her to read aloud a question from an earlier deposition on the same subject, chloroform searches.

But prosecutors quickly focused on earlier depositions when Cindy denied searching for chloroform.

“Do you recall denying looking up chloroform?” asked prosecutor Linda Drane-Burdick.

“I didn’t look up how to make chloroform, I looked up chloroform,” said Cindy Anthony.

Prosecutors say someone in the Anthony home ran searches on chloroform as many as 84 times.

And prosecutors pointed out that Cindy did not use the website MySpace, while Casey did, and that website was accessed within seconds of one of the chloroform searches.

“If there’s a search for chloroform, then 15-20 seconds later it hit on MySpace, likely it’s Casey as opposed to Cindy,” said Sheaffer.

Other terms that were searched, Cindy could not explain.

Cindy Anthony told prosecutors that she did not run searches on household weapons, chloroform habit or neck-breaking, although she said she remembered a YouTube video involving a skateboarder, whose trick was described as a “neck-breaking feat.”

Prosecutors also asked if the Anthony’s computer was password protected, Cindy said no, but a computer expert then testified that it was and that the searches were done with Casey’s username.

Earlier in the trial, a medical examiner testified that even a small amount of chloroform would be sufficient to cause a child’s death.

Cindy Anthony also said stains in the trunk of Casey’s car were present when the family bought the car in 2000.

The state contends Casey used pieces of duct tape to suffocate her child. The defense says the toddler drowned in her grandparents’ swimming pool.

Casey is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and four counts of lying to law enforcement. She has pleaded not guilty and faces the death penalty if convicted.

View from Casey Anthonys table

View from the public gallery to judge

Well I have just spent all night watching the LIVE feed of the Criminal Trial of Casey Anthony in Orlando Florida . She is on trial for the Murder of her daughter Caylee in 2008. The prosecution have sought the DEATH PENALTY if convicted.

I have followed this case since the beginning and to me personally I find it riveting to be actually in the court room as it happens and I feel all major trials should be conducted this way. I will post some background info on this case below, but any true crime lover will be well aware of this case, which has become one of the biggest most protracted murder cases over there for a long time. It was the second day of the trial since the jury has been sworn in.It is expected to run for 4 to 6 weeks. If you are a crime lover and night owl like me, it makes for fascinating viewing. The best link to everything concerned with the case is here. The live feed and blog starts about 11pm AEST (Where all evidence, transcripts, video etc  including a live video feed each day as well as audio can be found!)

Casey Anthony enters court 25th May 2011

Casey Marie Anthony  was the mother of Caylee Anthony. She has been charged with the first degree murder of her daughter, Caylee.

She was first arrested on July 16, 2008, for giving false statements, neglect of a child, and obstruction of a criminal investigation with a request that she be held on a no bond status until Caylee Anthony was located.

On August 21, 2008, Casey Anthony was released after one month of incarceration. She was released from the Orange County jail after her $500,200 bond was posted by California bail bondsman Leonard Padilla.

She was arrested again on August 29, 2008, on charges of forgery, fraudulent use of personal information, and petty theft for forging $700 worth of checks and using her friend’s credit cards without permission. Leonard Padilla subsequently rescinded the $500,200 in bail due to a lack of cooperation from Casey Anthony.

On September 5, 2008, Casey Anthony was released again on bail after being fitted with an electronic tracking device. Her $500,000 bond was posted anonymously, and it was later revealed that her parents, Cindy and George Anthony, signed a promissory note for the bond.

Caylee Anthony's remains were found Dec. 11, 2008 less than a mile from her home.

On October 14, 2008, Casey Anthony was indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder. The Florida state attorney’s office in April 2009 announced that it intended to seek the death penalty.

Jury selection began May 9, 2011, at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Centre in Clearwater, Florida, because the case has been so widely reported in the Orlando area. Jurors will be brought from Pinellas County to Orlando where they will be sequestered during the trial, which is expected to last between six and eight weeks.  The trial was originally scheduled to begin May 17, 2011; however, jury selection took much longer than expected and ended on May 20, 2011, with twelve jurors and five alternates being sworn in.

The trial began on May 24, 2011, at the Orange County Courthouse, with Judge Belvin Perry presiding. In the opening statements, prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick described the story of the disappearance of Caylee Anthony day-by-day. The defence, led by Jose Baez, presented its claim that Caylee drowned accidentally in the family’s pool on June 16, 2008, and was found by George Anthony, who then covered up Caylee’s death. Baez also shocked those in the courtroom when he alleged that George Anthony had sexually abused Casey since she was 8 years old. Baez also claimed that Casey’s brother Lee had made sexual advances toward Casey and was even given a paternity test to see if he was Caylee’s father.

According to a jail source, Casey spends her days reading the Bible and writing letters. She is housed in a 12 X 7-foot cell in the Protective Custody wing of the Orange County jail, only emerging to take a shower and exercise. She has weekly meetings with her lawyers and apparently has had no visitors since 2008. Florida law states that all inmate visits and phone calls are videotaped and are public records.

On May 20, 2011, at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Centre in Clearwater, Florida, a jury of twelve jurors and five alternates were sworn in and will ultimately decide the guilt and the fate of Casey Anthony. The panel contains nine women and eight men. The jurors are to be sequestered in Orange County for the trial, which started on May 24. It has been estimated that the trial will take anywhere from 7 to 10 weeks, during which the jury will be closely supervised and away from their homes, family, friends, and media outlets. On May 24, in the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Florida, opening statements were presented.

Jailed parents want to attend Kiesha's Funeral-How dare they


UPDATE 16/12/11

  • Guilty plea after murder charge dropped
  • Kiesha went missing over a year ago
  • He now faces up to 25 years in jail I WONDER IF HE HAS SHIT HIMSELF BY THE THREATS HE BETTER PLEAD GUILTY  IN JAIL

THE stepfather of Sydney girl Kiesha Weippeart has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter after his murder charge was dropped.

Robert Smith’s lawyer entered guilty pleas at Penrith Local Court on the manslaughter charge and on a charge of being an accessory after the fact of murder.

Smith, 32, who was wearing prison greens, appeared via audio visual link.

In April, Smith and the little girl’s mother, Kristi Anne Abrahams, 27, were charged with the murder of six-year-old Kiesha, who was reported missing from her home at Mt Druitt, in western Sydney, on August 1 last year.

They were charged after human remains were found in bushland at Shalvey, near Mt Druitt, on April 22.

Smith was formally refused bail and his sentencing will be mentioned in the Supreme Court on February 3. He faces up to 25 years in jail.

Abrahams did not appear in court and her matter was adjourned to Penrith on March 9.

A small group of people, wearing purple T-shirts bearing Kiesha’s picture and the words “Forever in our hearts”, attended the short hearing.

UPDATE 10/06/11

MURDERED girl Kiesha Weippeart’s stepfather and mother took other people into bushland where her shallow grave was located just before they were arrested, it will be alleged.

A statement of police evidence against Kiesha’s mother Kristi Abrahams, 28, and stepfather Robert Smith, 31, reveals police will allege Smith indicated a shallow grave site to the people.

The police operation occurred on the night of April 21, when the pair were arrested after leaving bushland in Shalvey where the six-year-old’s remains were later found, police will allege.

Police will also allege that, following Kiesha’s disappearance last year, they found blood in her bedroom as well as the master bedroom, loungeroom and entrance to the unit she had shared with her mother and stepfather in Woodstock Ave, Mt Druitt.

“The blood is on the floors, doors, lounge and bedsheets,” police allege in the statement.

The documents allege blood stains that were not visible to the naked eye were discovered using luminol, a chemical police use to enhance the visibility of blood.

“This product revealed larger areas of blood that appeared to have been cleaned,” the statement by homicide squad detectives said.

It will also be alleged that Abrahams’ and Smith’s communications included a text message between the pair the night before they reported Kiesha missing, when they told police they were together with their children – including Kiesha – watching the movie The Golden Compass. Neither Abrahams nor Smith could explain the text.

It was revealed in police allegations that Kiesha was murdered on July 14.

She allegedly died after being thrown against the wall and knocked unconscious, causing blood to seep out of her ears. She was then allegedly put in the shower and, still wet, put to bed.

Police allege that the next morning, the six-year-old was dead but her parents left her body in the house until July 18, when they packed her remains into a suitcase and took it to the bushland in Shalvey.

They reported her missing to police on August 1.

Prosecutors will also rely on alleged comments made by Abrahams as she watched news coverage of missing Australian girl Zahra Baker, whose body was found in bushland in North Carolina.

THE mother and stepfather charged with murdering Kiesha Weippeart have said they want to leave jail to attend her funeral. How bloody dare they, they would not make it back alive. Do they realise how despised they are? Do they accept the position they are in? The evidence  is over whelming. These maggots need to die in jail, not leave it. For nothing, anytime, anywhere anyhow unless it is in a coffin!

No way in hell says Chris Weippeart, Kiesha's father...WE are with you mate!

Family of accused killers Kristi Abrahams and Robert Smith yesterday revealed the pair had indicated they would like to be allowed to publicly farewell the little girl when her funeral is held towards the end of the month.

However, the girl’s biological father Chris Weippeart said “hell would freeze over” before Abrahams and Smith would be welcomed at the funeral of his only daughter.

Abrahams and Smith are both being held on remand in Sydney jails, accused of killing Kiesha in July last year, then burying her body in a shallow bush grave.

From his hospital bed in western Sydney yesterday, where he is being treated for complications associated with his diabetes, Mr Weippeart vowed to do whatever he could to stop the pair from being able to attend the funeral.

“My family are the ones left to deal with all of this and arrange the best send-off for Kiesha that she deserves, and, I’m telling you, they are not coming.”

His mother Liz Weippeart said: “It infuriates me just thinking about it.”

But relatives of Abrahams and Smith said the pair should be allowed to attend the funeral like any other mourner, given the fact that they had raised Kiesha. Have a look at this picture un-named relatives! They lost their rights when they killed this little princess. They only way they will be leaving jail is in coffins…

Little girl lost ... Kiesha Weippeart

“I think they should be allowed to go … they are innocent until proven guilty,” Smith’s mother Rebecca said. Mrs Smith added that she had spoken to her son and Abrahams since they were charged with murder and refused bail on April 22, and that they were both “doing OK”.

A Corrective Services spokeswoman said that, while neither Abrahams or Smith had formally applied for day leave because a funeral date had not been set, it was unlikely they would be allowed to attend.

“There would also be security concerns about them attending that could not be addressed at such short notice,” the spokeswoman said.

Skeletal remains belonging to Kiesha were discovered in a shallow grave in bushland at Shalvey almost three weeks ago.

However, her funeral has been delayed because further testing needs to be carried out on the bones before they can be released to her family for burial.

Glebe Morgue has told the Weippeart family that the remains will be free for burial in about a fortnight.

Kristi Abrahams and Robert Smith attend little Kiesha's funeral? Over about one million Aussies dead bodies you maggots

Jailed parents want to attend Kiesha’s Funeral-How dare they


UPDATE 16/12/11

  • Guilty plea after murder charge dropped
  • Kiesha went missing over a year ago
  • He now faces up to 25 years in jail I WONDER IF HE HAS SHIT HIMSELF BY THE THREATS HE BETTER PLEAD GUILTY  IN JAIL

THE stepfather of Sydney girl Kiesha Weippeart has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter after his murder charge was dropped.

Robert Smith’s lawyer entered guilty pleas at Penrith Local Court on the manslaughter charge and on a charge of being an accessory after the fact of murder.

Smith, 32, who was wearing prison greens, appeared via audio visual link.

In April, Smith and the little girl’s mother, Kristi Anne Abrahams, 27, were charged with the murder of six-year-old Kiesha, who was reported missing from her home at Mt Druitt, in western Sydney, on August 1 last year.

They were charged after human remains were found in bushland at Shalvey, near Mt Druitt, on April 22.

Smith was formally refused bail and his sentencing will be mentioned in the Supreme Court on February 3. He faces up to 25 years in jail.

Abrahams did not appear in court and her matter was adjourned to Penrith on March 9.

A small group of people, wearing purple T-shirts bearing Kiesha’s picture and the words “Forever in our hearts”, attended the short hearing.

UPDATE 10/06/11

MURDERED girl Kiesha Weippeart’s stepfather and mother took other people into bushland where her shallow grave was located just before they were arrested, it will be alleged.

A statement of police evidence against Kiesha’s mother Kristi Abrahams, 28, and stepfather Robert Smith, 31, reveals police will allege Smith indicated a shallow grave site to the people.

The police operation occurred on the night of April 21, when the pair were arrested after leaving bushland in Shalvey where the six-year-old’s remains were later found, police will allege.

Police will also allege that, following Kiesha’s disappearance last year, they found blood in her bedroom as well as the master bedroom, loungeroom and entrance to the unit she had shared with her mother and stepfather in Woodstock Ave, Mt Druitt.

“The blood is on the floors, doors, lounge and bedsheets,” police allege in the statement.

The documents allege blood stains that were not visible to the naked eye were discovered using luminol, a chemical police use to enhance the visibility of blood.

“This product revealed larger areas of blood that appeared to have been cleaned,” the statement by homicide squad detectives said.

It will also be alleged that Abrahams’ and Smith’s communications included a text message between the pair the night before they reported Kiesha missing, when they told police they were together with their children – including Kiesha – watching the movie The Golden Compass. Neither Abrahams nor Smith could explain the text.

It was revealed in police allegations that Kiesha was murdered on July 14.

She allegedly died after being thrown against the wall and knocked unconscious, causing blood to seep out of her ears. She was then allegedly put in the shower and, still wet, put to bed.

Police allege that the next morning, the six-year-old was dead but her parents left her body in the house until July 18, when they packed her remains into a suitcase and took it to the bushland in Shalvey.

They reported her missing to police on August 1.

Prosecutors will also rely on alleged comments made by Abrahams as she watched news coverage of missing Australian girl Zahra Baker, whose body was found in bushland in North Carolina.

THE mother and stepfather charged with murdering Kiesha Weippeart have said they want to leave jail to attend her funeral. How bloody dare they, they would not make it back alive. Do they realise how despised they are? Do they accept the position they are in? The evidence  is over whelming. These maggots need to die in jail, not leave it. For nothing, anytime, anywhere anyhow unless it is in a coffin!

No way in hell says Chris Weippeart, Kiesha's father...WE are with you mate!

Family of accused killers Kristi Abrahams and Robert Smith yesterday revealed the pair had indicated they would like to be allowed to publicly farewell the little girl when her funeral is held towards the end of the month.

However, the girl’s biological father Chris Weippeart said “hell would freeze over” before Abrahams and Smith would be welcomed at the funeral of his only daughter.

Abrahams and Smith are both being held on remand in Sydney jails, accused of killing Kiesha in July last year, then burying her body in a shallow bush grave.

From his hospital bed in western Sydney yesterday, where he is being treated for complications associated with his diabetes, Mr Weippeart vowed to do whatever he could to stop the pair from being able to attend the funeral.

“My family are the ones left to deal with all of this and arrange the best send-off for Kiesha that she deserves, and, I’m telling you, they are not coming.”

His mother Liz Weippeart said: “It infuriates me just thinking about it.”

But relatives of Abrahams and Smith said the pair should be allowed to attend the funeral like any other mourner, given the fact that they had raised Kiesha. Have a look at this picture un-named relatives! They lost their rights when they killed this little princess. They only way they will be leaving jail is in coffins…

Little girl lost ... Kiesha Weippeart

“I think they should be allowed to go … they are innocent until proven guilty,” Smith’s mother Rebecca said. Mrs Smith added that she had spoken to her son and Abrahams since they were charged with murder and refused bail on April 22, and that they were both “doing OK”.

A Corrective Services spokeswoman said that, while neither Abrahams or Smith had formally applied for day leave because a funeral date had not been set, it was unlikely they would be allowed to attend.

“There would also be security concerns about them attending that could not be addressed at such short notice,” the spokeswoman said.

Skeletal remains belonging to Kiesha were discovered in a shallow grave in bushland at Shalvey almost three weeks ago.

However, her funeral has been delayed because further testing needs to be carried out on the bones before they can be released to her family for burial.

Glebe Morgue has told the Weippeart family that the remains will be free for burial in about a fortnight.

Kristi Abrahams and Robert Smith attend little Kiesha's funeral? Over about one million Aussies dead bodies you maggots