Kiesha breakthrough-Parents charged with MURDER

UPDATE 16/12/11

  • Guilty plea after murder charge dropped
  • Kiesha went missing over a year ago

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.


THE mother and stepfather of missing Mt Druitt girl Kiesha Abrahams have been charged with her murder, on what would have been her seventh birthday.

Kristi Abrahams, 28, and Robert Smith, 31, were arrested in a laneway in Freya St, Shalvey, in Sydney’s west, at about 1am and taken to Mt Druitt police station to be questioned by homicide detectives.

They have both been formally charged with the little girl’s murder and will face Parramatta Bail Court today.

Police have also set up a crime scene in bushland near Shalvey.

More than a dozen locals have converged on Mt Druitt police station to shout abuse at the pair.

It is understood the two will be held at Penrith Remand Centre ahead of their court appearance this morning.

Robert Smith’s mother Rebecca is in Mt Druitt hospital after experiencing chest pains early this morning.

Kiesha was reported missing from her home in Woodstock Avenue last August, and since then Ms Abrahams and Mr Smith have been interviewed by police on at least two occasions.

Police set up a task force named Strike Force Jarocin last year to investigate her disappearance.

The pair issued a plea for information just days after they reported Kiesha missing, with a tearful Ms Abrahams begging people “anyone that’s seen her can they please go to the police”.

Mr Smith also said during their appeal that he had no idea where his stepdaughter was, saying “If I had any idea we’d be there looking.”

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Police search a Western Sydney park following reports that a bag containing human remains was seen in the area.
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Police examine the contents of a bin which allegedly contained a bloodstained vest 

Kiesha Abrahams

Kiesha Abrahams disappeared from her Mount Druitt home in Sydney five weeks ago.

THE search for missing schoolgirl Kiesha Abrahams took a bizarre twist yesterday, with a report that a body had been found dumped inside a duffle bag at a western Sydney park.

Police attending the scene failed to locate any trace of the remains but found what appeared to be a blood-stained shirt.

The unusual chain of events began at 4pm on Saturday when police received a call from a woman who claimed she found a duffle bag containing human remains near Cabramatta Creek in southwest Sydney.

When police arrived at the scene, there was no trace of the bag or a body. But, interestingly, police sniffer dogs reacted as if they smelled the scent of remains.

Yesterday, police carried out an extensive ground and air search at Edwin Wheeler Oval, Sadlier.

They found no body, but discovered a yellow shirt covered in what appeared to be blood.

Local woman Katrina Parker said she was the one who discovered the shirt inside a bin.

“We were just sitting on the park bench having a cigarette and when we went to put our rubbish in the bin there was a fluoro work shirt just sitting on top of the bin,” she told The Daily Telegraph.

“It was fairly stained in a dark red but nothing like a dirt stain. It was definitely blood.”

The shirt – along with a rubber ball, a yellow belt and blood-stained paper towels – was removed by a forensic team and taken to the laboratory for testing.

Acting Superintendent Steve Corry said yesterday those items were not believed to be linked to the bag of human remains allegedly found but he refused to comment on the duffle bag.

Asked whether he had considered the possibility of the initial reports being a hoax, Supt Corry said: “We take all information from the public seriously.”

Meanwhile, the mother and stepfather of Kiesha Abrahams yesterday spent an hour at their former home unit at Mt Druitt – from where the six-year-old allegedly disappeared five weeks ago – to collect their belongings and take them to their new address.

They quickly entered the new block and did not stop to look at the large community shrine outside the unit dedicated to their missing daughter.

The couple refused to comment on the police search for the body in the bag being carried out near Liverpool. They have consistently denied any involvement in Keisha’s disappearance.

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11 thoughts on “Kiesha breakthrough-Parents charged with MURDER

  1. From Channel Nine News article, available on the internet Friday 22/4/2011 –

    There has been a major development in the case of missing Sydney girl Kiesha Abrahams with the arrest of two people.

    The six-year-old was reported missing from her Mount Druitt home in Sydney’s west on August 1 last year.

    Detectives who believe Kiesha was murdered arrested a man and woman over Kiesha’s disappearance in the early hours of Friday.

    The 31-year-old man and the 28-year-old woman were arrested at Shalvey, in Sydney’s west.

    Police say the pair have been taken to Mt Druitt Police Station where they are currently assisting detectives with their inquiries.

    They are expected to be charged in relation to the girls disappearance and will appear in court later on Friday. (end of article).

    I also heard on the ABC 3.00am news bulletin that the two people arrested are named as Keisha’s mother Kristy Abrahams and her stepfather Robert Smith.


    • I reckon the Mum was involved with her disappearance.

      I just read an ABC article from last year:

      ‘Stop judging me’ missing girl’s mother tells media

      Mum is quoted saying: “She was funny, she was always happy, she loved animals, she loved macaroni and cheese, she loved her sister and her brother.”

      Why is she talking about her daughter in past tense? If she truely thought she was alive, she would say: “She’s funny, she is always happy, she loves animals…”

      Very suspect behaviour, in my opinion.


      • Usually a good giveaway, parents often talk of their missing kids in the present tense years later, these scum aka parents disgust me looking down cameras crying poor us, help, being hounded etc….


  2. Today would have been Kiesha’s 7th birthday. Nice touch by the detectives. They are obviously going to use that to try and break the mother.


  3. “Kristi Abrahams, 28, and Robert Smith, 31, were arrested in a laneway in Freya St, Shalvey, in Sydney’s west, at about 1am and taken to Mt Druitt police station to be questioned by homicide detectives.”

    Exactly Dave, out partying with their problematic daughter out of the way. On her birthday too, these two will be among the most hated in NSW. Hopefully we get some facts real, may Kiesha now rest in peace…


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  5. Hopefully the other 2 children, Kiesha’s little sister and the baby boy who was only a few weeks old when Kiesha disappeared, are now in a very safe place – never to be exposed to monsters again. So traumatic for the little sister, who has likely seen more than any toddler should. Hopefully both she, particularly, and the baby will not retain those memories due to their tender ages. What a terrible, short and tragic life for Kiesha.

    Thank God for dedicated police who never let up on this case. I wonder where those little children were when the police arrested the ‘parents’? Perhaps they had already been moved from the parents care, as they would have been at risk all this time otherwise. Very fitting that the arrests occurred on the 7th anniversary of Kiesha’s birth.

    Information must have been obtained to enable police to locate a body, which will likely be confirmed as Kiesha’s. Too much of a coincidence otherwise, unless the alleged perpetrators were arrested near her body.

    I hope the full force of the law follows in this matter. Child killers are the lowest of the low, and Kristi Abrahams had already seriously assaulted Kiesha in the past when she was quite little, by severly biting her, causing the little girl to be hospitalized. Child protection services are failing too many kids, and this is occurring in every State of Australia.


  6. It is confirmed that these two mutts had taken flowers to her grave on her birthday and led police to her grave! I knew it was a matter of time before these scumbags slipped up! I hope they get theirs in prison! Such a sweet angel murdered by her own mother, RIP princess!!! Xx


  7. This is the family Keneally supported and found fit to see they got a new Housing Commission Home at their request. I think she should be tossed in gaol for life along with Keisha’s mother. She supported this family and could not have cared less about the suffering this child went through. You would have thought someone even the Police would have objected. Even the neighbours did not mind this couple moving into their street or neighbourhood. Makes you wonder what type of people are around these days.


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