WA funeral for 11-year-old girl allegedly sexually abused by man on bail draws hundreds

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.

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.

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Annaliesse’s death prompted suggestions a dedicated police task force be deployed to the South West to investigate claims of sexual abuse.(Supplied)

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.

Samantha Wilson wearing black sunglasses speaking to the media, with microphones.
Samantha Wilson said: “We’re just waiting for her to come out bright and bubbly like she always was in the morning, singing and offering the make us breakfast.”(ABC News: Charlotte Hamlyn)

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A search is underway to locate missing 11-year-old girl Kiri MacDonald who was last seen Sunday evening

A FAMILY is pleading for information regarding the whereabouts of missing 11-year-old Kiri MacDonald.

In a Facebook post Doug MacDonald said Kiri was last seen about 5pm on Sunday at West Moonah.

She was last seen wearing black leggings, a black puffer jacket and pink/purple shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tasmania Police on 131 444.

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Makeshift memorial set up for 11-year-old boy who died after falling through North York school skylight

Mourners paid their respects Saturday with flowers and a teddy bear at a makeshift memorial in front of a North York high school for an 11-year-old boy who fell to his death in what police call a “misadventure.”

Toronto police were called to Victoria Park Collegiate Institute at about 5:20 p.m. Friday after reports of a boy who fell 30 feet or about three storeys through a gymnasium skylight.

According to police, the boy was among a group of five youths who scaled the south-east side of the building, near Victoria Park Avenue and Ellesmere Road.

They climbed onto the roof, which had several skylights and the boy fell through one of them. He was rushed to hospital with serious injuries where he died.

“It appears from very preliminary investigation that it may be misadventure. We don’t believe there are any signs of suspicious activity,” Insp. Paul Rinkoff told reporters at the scene.

No other injuries were reported. Rinkoff said police wouldn’t release the boy’s identity.

Toronto District School Board spokesperson Ryan Bird said this is the first time he has heard of something like this happening.

He said because of the pandemic, there were no permits for groups to use the school at the time.

“I believe it was largely the caretaking staff that were among others that were in the building at the time,” Bird said.

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Missing person: 11-year-old girl last seen at Main Beach

AN 11-year-old girl with “no money or phone” has been missing for almost a week.

Queensland Police say she has been missing from Main Beach since last Tuesday.

The last time she was seen or had contact with family was at Cronin Avenue about 8.30pm.

The girl has been described as caucasian, about 150cm in height, slim build with blonde hair and blue eyes.

She was last seen wearing a grey hoodie with black shorts. It is believed the girl may also be carrying a pink hoodie too.

A white Mercedes Benz was seen where the girl was last located but police have not confirmed if it is connected to her disappearance.


media_cameraPolice are searching for a missing girl, 11, from Main Beach who has been missing since Tuesday August 18. Photo: Queensland Police.


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The girl has no money or a phone and is known to visit Burleigh Hill, Keebra Park and the Southport Pony Club.

Police and family are concerned for her welfare due to her age.

Anyone who has seen her or has information is urged to contact police.

If you have information, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting or call 131 444.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day or call 1800 333 000.

Originally published as Can you help? Girl, 11, missing from Gold Coast

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‘Hero’ 11-year-old rescues toddler who was struggling in the sea | UK News

A proud mum has said her “hero” son is “taking it all in his stride” after rescuing a toddler who was struggling in the sea.

Eli Harrison rescued the child in the harbour near his home in the village of Staithes, North Yorkshire.

The 11-year-old told Sky News: “We were at the middle pier and we started walking towards the smaller one because you get cut off by the tide.

“And then when we got on to the little pier – my dad shouted ‘there’s a kid drowning’ so I jumped in and saved him and swam back to the beach.”

The toddler got into trouble in the water in Staithes, North Yorkshire

Eli added that he wasn’t afraid and jumped in the water as soon as he realised there was a problem.

His mother Kayleigh said Eli still does not think he has done anything special despite everyone saying he is a hero.

She added: “Eli is amazing, we’re really proud of him, we’re so happy that the little boy is okay. It would be nice if we knew who he was, but he must have just been a visitor for the day.

“Eli is taking it all in his stride, he’s just doing what anybody else would have done at the time.”

Mrs Harrison said she had gone down to the beach to watch the tide coming in on Friday 7 August with her husband, Ian, and their three children – Eli, his elder brother Billy and younger sister Gypsie-Rose.

They spotted the small child floating among the boats about 33ft (10m) away.

Mrs Harrison said Eli swam to the shore with the little boy, who was hanging on to a fishing net and had been out of sight of his parents for just a “split second”.

She continued: “(Eli) is a hero… he just says ‘I did what anyone else would have done, Mum’.

“He still thinks that going around saving people is quite normal.”

Eli Harrison, pictured with his parents Ian and Kayleigh, jumped in the sea to save a toddler
Eli Harrison, pictured with his parents Ian and Kayleigh, jumped in the sea to save a toddler

The family of the rescued child gave Eli £10 and the toddler is understood to have fully recovered.

Eli said he spent the money on sweets.

Healthcare assistant Mrs Harrison said Eli has lived in Staithes all his life and loves everything to do with the sea.

She said: “He just wants people to remember not to take their eyes off their bairns because it all happened so quickly.”

Mrs Harrison said he is an “amazing swimmer” and would like to be a lifeboat volunteer when he is older.

She said his great-grandfather and grandfather were local fishermen and Eli has the sea “in his blood”.

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