Murdered: Kiesha Abrahams. Photo: Supplied Kristi Anne Abrahams is led to a prison van after a previous court appearance. Photo: AAP
Kristi Abrahams is on Thursday being sentenced in the Supreme Court for the murder of her six-year-old daughter Kiesha in 2011.
Family members of murdered six-year-old Kiesha Weippart have arrived at the historic King Street court complex to hear the sentencing judgement of her mother, Kristi Abrahams.
Abrahams’ interctual disability and her own experience of abuse contributed to crime. Crime in “mid range of seriousness”…#Kiesha— Paul Bibby (@PaulEbibby) July 18, 2013
One expert believes Abrahams’ mild intellectual disability means she “functions in the bottom two per cent of society”.— Amy Dale (@amydale_tele) July 18, 2013
Justice Harrison is nearing the end of his sentencing judgement … he says he will give a discount of 10 per cent to the sentence he would otherwise impose for the crime of murder due to her guilty plea, which saved the court, community and Kiesha’s family the financial and emotional cost of a trial.
Justice Harrison is comparing sentences given in other cases for child killings. He particularly mentions the well known case of Keli Lane, who will next week face an appeal hearing for the murder of her two-day-old daughter, Tegan. She received a maximum 18 year jail sentence.
Then he refers to the case of serial killer Kathleen Folbigg, who was jailed for 40 years for the murder of three of her children, and the manslaughter of another. The sentence was reduced on appeal to maximum of 30 years, non-parole of 25 years.
Kristi Abrahams has barely moved since Justice Harrison started speaking almost 90 minutes ago… she sits stoney-faced, looking towards the judge.
Justice Harrison says this case has had a high level of public interest, and explains he has taken care to go over all relevant facts and sentencing guidelines including previous cases … sounds a little bit like he’s urging calm, in the event he hands down a sentence less than what might have been expected.
Justice Harrison says he has rejected the offender Abraham’s version of what happened, but neither the evidence nor the expert opionion is adequate to explain exactly what occurred. Adds there is no evidence of pre-meditation, or pre-planning.
There is no motive for murder, he adds. “The offender has been publicly vilified … the offender is nevertheless entitled to be sentenced dispassionately.”
Police officers shaking heads as judge says Abrahams has shown remorse. They don’t agree.
Abrahams stands. Here it comes.
Abrahams has been jailed for a maximum of 21 years, minimum 15 years. Cries of “yes” from Kiesha’s supporters. For the crime of interfering with the child’s body, she receives an additional 18 months.
Kiesha’s neighbour, Alison Anderson cries out “rot in hell” as Abrahams is taken down from the dock.
Abrahams will be eligible for release in 2027. Justice Harrison said he expects she will be rehabilitated in jail, and is not likely to reoffend.
Incredible anyone can kill their child. Even more amazing they can out of jail in just 15 years. We’re a kind country http://t杭州夜生活/7X1hvtgg1W— Paul Tatnell (@PaulTatnell) July 18, 2013
Kiesha’s neighbour Alison Anderson speaking outside the court – family and friends stunned at low sentence pic.twitter杭州夜生活m/s9E0KxkOyK— Lisa Davies (@lisazdavies) July 18, 2013
Experienced homicide squad investigator Russell Oxford says three years ago today, a little girl lay dead in a suitcase in western Sydney. “Today is the final chapter,” he said.
Detective Inspector Oxford says the case has taken an emotional toll on everyone associated with the investigation.
Detective Inspector Oxford appears very emotional as he explains that the work of police is hard but it’s just what they do.
“All kids want to do is grow up and be loved,” he said.
“If nothing else comes out of today, we need to take stock of where we are in this world … and go home and hug our kids … look after them,” said an emotional Detective Inspector Oxford.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.