Hundreds of people have gathered for the funeral of an 11-year-old girl whose death has sparked calls for sweeping changes of Western Australian’s bail laws.
- Mourners were told of the girl’s ‘bright and bubbly’ personality
- Attendees travelled from around the state for the service
- Inmates at a WA prison have raised $2,500 for the family
WARNING: This article contains the name and image of a deceased Indigenous person.
Annaliesse Ugle was hospitalised after attempting to take her own life in October and later had her life support switched off.
Her family has said her actions were prompted by the release of a man on bail who had allegedly sexually abused her.
The man is due before the courts in December but has yet to enter a plea.
The funeral service was held in the South West town of Collie, with mourners travelling from as far as the state’s north to attend.
Throughout the emotional service, many spoke of Annaliesse’s bubbly and caring nature, while others urged adults to listen to children who were brave enough to step forward and report abuse.
Annaliesse’s mother, Samantha Wilson, told the ABC her siblings, relatives and friends would “forever cherish” her memory.
“We just can’t come to grips with the fact our little girl isn’t going to be there again,” Ms Wilson said.
Prisoners rally for family
Annaliesse’s death prompted calls for a review of WA’s bail laws and suggestions a dedicated police task force be deployed to the South West to investigate further claims of abuse.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts said she would talk to WA’s Police Commissioner Chris Dawson about expanding the multi-agency child protection initiatives already in place in the Kimberley and Pilbara to the South West.
Commissioner Dawson was yet to confirm if such discussions had taken place.
Meanwhile, prisoners at WA’s Acacia Prison have raised about $2,500 for Annaliesse’s family.
A prison spokesperson said the money had been raised following a range of activities initiated by the prisoners and supported by Acacia management and staff.
A coronial report into Annaliesse’s death is being prepared.