Love for Kiesha beats flames
NOT even a devastating fire can stop the outpouring of grief for murdered six-year-old Kiesha Abrahams.
Just hours after a teddy bear tumbled on to a candle, sending Kiesha's memorial wall up in flames, mourners had begun to rebuild the display.
The blackened fence outside Kiesha's former home on Woodstock Ave, Mt Druitt, was decorated with fresh flowers, toys and cards soon after firefighters left yesterday.
Abrahams mother 'distraught'
The mother of murdered Sydney girl Kiesha Abrahams has been placed under 24 hour surveillance in prison.
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Tears in the lonely bush for Kiesha Abrahams
The wider tracks give way to smaller tracks until, eventually, there is no track left at all and you find walking through scrub with twigs and leaves underneath until, in this case, you come to an opening of freshly scraped earth.
For four hours on Sunday Alison Anderson walked the trails trying to find this place.
It was necessary because this is the place police believe was the final resting place of Kiesha Abrahams, the girl reported missing by her mother, Kristi Abrahams, and stepfather, Rob Smith, in August. On Friday they were charged with her murder.
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Police look at death of Kiesha's brother
HOMICIDE detectives plan to reopen an investigation into the death of Kiesha Abrahams's brother after the arrest of her mother and stepfather on Friday over the little girl's murder.
Ayden, the son of Kristi Anne Abrahams, 28, and her former partner, Chris Weippeart, was believed to have died from sudden infant death syndrome more than a year before Kiesha was born.
But following the arrest about 1am on Friday of Kiesha's mother, Ms Abrahams, and stepfather, Robert Smith, 31, police are considering taking another look at Ayden's death.
Kiesha's stepfather barely says boo
THE man charged with the murder of six-year-old Kiesha Abrahams has been described as a quiet fellow who barely says ''boo''.
Robert Smith, 31, is being held on remand awaiting his next court appearance on Friday after being charged last week with killing his stepdaughter. Kiesha's mother, Kristi Anne Abrahams, 28, has also been charged with murdering the little girl last July.
Home to tradedy - inside Kiesha Abrahams' death flat
HERE is the first look inside the Mt Druitt unit where Kiesha Abrahams was allegedly killed by her mother and stepfather.
Within these walls, the six-year-old girl spent the last days of her life before her body was allegedly carried away inside a suitcase and buried in a bush grave at nearby Shalvey.
More tests needed on remains
A post mortem performed on skeletal remains found by police investigating the alleged murder of Kiesha Abrahams was inconclusive, police say.
Further tests will be needed to determine whether the remains, found scattered through bushland at Shalvey, in Sydney's west, belong to the six-year-old.
Daad vows dignity for little Kiesha
THE mourners will wear purple, the music will be songs from Hannah Montana, and little Kiesha Abrahams will finally get a dignified burial.
The father and grandmother of the murdered schoolgirl on Tuesday said they were determined to give Kiesha a farewell befitting the "princess" she was to everyone who knew and loved her.
Dad Chris Weippeart plans loving farewell for Kiesha
THE mourners will wear purple, the music will include songs from Hannah Montana and little Kiesha Abrahams will finally get a dignified burial.
The father and grandmother of the murdered schoolgirl said yesterday they were determined to give Kiesha a farewell befitting the "princess" she was to everyone who knew her.
Chris Weippeart and his mother Liz vowed to overcome the horrible circumstances of her death by giving her a funeral filled with love and colour.
The pair said they would lay Kiesha to rest with the dignity and respect she was denied for the nine months she lay in a bush grave.
Murdered girl's mother faces court
Kristi Abrahams appeared at Penrith Local Court via video link, with her hair tied back and dressed in a green prison tracksuit.
She looked teary but composed, her hand covering her mouth.
During the brief appearance Kristi Abrahams answered yes when the Magistrate spoke her name and gave a small wave to her lawyer.
Her co-accused, Kiesha's step-father Robert Smith, was not required to appear.
No peace for little Kiesha as funeral may be delayed
A FUNERAL for little Kiesha Weippeart may not be held for several weeks because of the amount of trauma to her body.
Police yesterday confirmed they have more tests to do on the remains of the alleged murder victim because extensive injuries to her bones have made it difficult to find the exact cause of death.
Accused wish to attend Kiesha's funeral
The couple accused of murdering six-year-old Sydney girl Kiesha Abrahams want to attend her funeral.
Kiesha's mother Kristi Abrahams, 28, and stepfather Robert Smith, 31, have told their families that they wish to leave jail in order to attend the girl's funeral towards the end of the month, News Limited reports on Thursday.
Kiesha Abraham's mother and stepfather denied access to her funeral
RUMOURS that Kiesha Weippeart’s mum and stepfather, who have been charged with her murder, would apply to attend the girl’s funeral have been quashed.
Corrective Services Commissioner Ron Woodham recently announced that Kristi Abrahams and Robert Smith would not be allowed at the funeral.
Final cut on Kiesha documentary
PLUMPTON filmmaker Saad Adam will abandon his documentary, The Disappearance of Kiesha Abrahams out of respect for Kiesha Weippeart’s family.
In February this year, Adam announced that he would make a film about the disappearance of the six-year-old Mt Druitt girl, whose remains were found in a shallow grave in Bidwill on April 22.
Kiesha Weippeart's grave no secret, police will allege
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.
Police allege Kiesha was thrown against wall or bed
SIX-YEAR-OLD Kiesha Weippeart was thrown against a wall or the corner of a bed before she died, police believe.
Today, in a brief of evidence to be handed to lawyers defending her mother and stepfather on murder charges, investigators will allege Kiesha was put in a bath after she sustained a head injury during the assault some time between July 12 and July 14 last year.
Kiesha was later put to bed in the family's Mount Druitt apartment, but died, police sources have told the Herald.
Kiesha murder case back in court
Police say Kiesha Weippeart, who has sometimes been referred to as Kiesha Abrahams, was killed in her Mt Druitt home in July last year.
Her remains were found in a shallow grave in bushland at nearby Shalvey nine months later.
Kristy Abrahams and the child's stepfather, Robert Smith, are on trial for her murder.
The case was mentioned in Penrith Local Court this morning but then adjourned until August.
'Why should they hide'... angry scenes outside Kiesha court case
Angry scenes have erupted outside a western Sydney court where a mother and stepfather charged with murdering Kiesha Abrahams had been expected to appear.
Kristi Anne Abrahams, 27, and Robert Smith, 32, are charged with the murder of six-year-old Kiesha, who was reported missing from her home at Mount Druitt in western Sydney in August last year.
Neither Abrahams nor Smith appeared in Penrith Local Court today. Their lawyers said they were not required.
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Search for woman after Kiesha shrine fire
POLICE are searching for a woman after a fire broke out at the unofficial memorial to Sydney schoolgirl Kiesha Abrahams.
Police were called to the impromptu shrine outside Kiesha's former home at Woodstock Ave, Mount Druitt, in western Sydney, about 10pm (AEST) yesterday after reports of a fire.
Firefighters extinguished the fire, which damaged some ornaments.
Witness says "She was bashed"
Police have returned to the home where six-year-old Kiesha Abrahams was last seen and removed what appeared to be a large section of carpet and a mattress.
About 10 crime scene investigators and detectives spent hours inside the Hebersham unit yesterday and left with a number of large household objects wrapped in brown paper and tarpaulin.
Police said this was a routine part of their investigations.
Fresh search as Kiesha case adjourned
Detectives have conducted a fresh search in the area where the remains of Sydney youngster Kiesha Abrahams were found.
NSW Police would not confirm a Nine Network report that items that appeared to be skeletal remains were found during Friday's search.
It comes as lawyers for the Crown on Friday asked for the murder case against Kiesha's mother and stepfather to be adjourned until September 23 so that further forensic material can be examined.
Kiesha case adjourned for evidence
Kristi Anne Abrahams, 28, and Robert Smith, 32, are charged with the murder of Kiesha, who was reported missing from her home at Mount Druitt in August last year.
Neither Abrahams nor Smith appeared in Penrith Local Court this morning.
Their lawyers said they were not required to appear.
The pair was charged with Kiesha's murder after human remains were found in bushland at Shalvey, near Mount Druitt, on April 22.
Neither has entered a plea or applied for bail.
Kiesha's remains released for burial
FAMILY and friends of Mt Druitt schoolgirl Kiesha Weippeart can finally lay her body to rest.
The NSW state coroner’s office yesterday (Wednesday, September 14) authorised the release of the child’s bones to her father Chris Weippeart.
Kiesha remembered at memorial service
More than 150 mourners attended the service for the six-year-old at the Holy Family Catholic Church at Emerton near Mt Druitt on Tuesday, Fairfax Radio reported.
They wore Kiesha's favourite colour, purple, as requested on her memorial service facebook page, which contained tributes including, "I will always remember you Kiesha, such a beautiful angel R.I.P".
Wear orange Wed. to support Penrith SES volunteers
SES NSW are calling tomorrow Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW), an initiative to encourage communities to dress in orange to recognise the efforts of the 40,000 SES volunteers across NSW.
Members of the Penrith sub-branch were involved in rescue operations in the Queensland floods and cyclone and assisted police with the search for Mt Druitt six-year-old Keisha Abrahams.
Kiesha Wieppart's stepfather Robert Smith pleads guilty to manslaughter
In Penrith Local Court today, Robert Smith's lawyer entered guilty pleas 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.
thank you for the updates! Considering they gave him manslaughter and he accepted, I don't see why mom would even take it to trial.
Kiesha Weippearts' stepfather faces court
THE stepfather of murdered Mt Druitt girl Kiesha Weippeart pleaded guilty to her manslaughter during a brief court appearance today.
Kiesha's stepdad enters guilty plea
The stepfather of slain six-year-old Sydney girl Kiesha Weippeart has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter.
Robert Smith formally entered guilty pleas to manslaughter and to being an accessory after the fact of murder when he was arraigned in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday.
Last December, he admitted his guilt to the charges in Penrith Local Court.
Kristi Abrahams to face committal hearing in July
TODAY was supposed to be the day Kristi Abrahams faced court over the murder of her daughter Kiesha Weippeart.
Miss Abrahams did not appear via audio visual link in Penrith Court where she was expected to enter a plea. Instead a committal hearing has been set down for July.
Magistrate appeals for calm in community as trial date set for Kiesha's mother
A WESTERN Sydney magistrate has called on the community to restrain its anger over the death of six-year-old Kiesha Weippeart so the girl's mother can be fairly tried for murder.
Kristi Anne Abrahams, 29, and her 33-year-old partner Robert Smith are accused of killing the girl on or about July 13, 2010, in their home at Mount Druitt.
It is alleged the pair killed the child, buried her in bushland in nearby Shalvey and, two weeks later, called police to declare her missing.
Charges were laid after human remains were discovered in bushland in April last year - on what would have been Kiesha's seventh birthday.
Kiesha Weippeart's mother Kristi Anne Abrahams to face trial for murder
Kristi Anne Abrahams' committal hearing was set to begin at Penrith Local Court yesterday but her lawyers said they decided to waive local proceedings and go straight to trial.
Instead of hearing evidence from two key witnesses over two days, the matter was committed to trial at the Supreme Court in Sydney on September 7.
Magistrate Peter Feather told the court the case had taken an "emotional toll" on police and made an impact on the community.
Dressed in a patterned blouse, Kristi Anne Abrahams kept her eyes focused on Acting Justice Graham Barr as he ordered her to stand trial for Kiesha's murder from June 17.
The Supreme Court heard the trial is expected to last for two months.
Abrahams, 29, is yet to enter a plea to the charge.
200 witnesses for girl's murder trial
The trial of Kristi Anne Abrahams, who is accused of murdering her six-year-old daughter, Kiesha Weippeart, could hear evidence from up to 200 witnesses, a court has been told.
Abrahams, 29, from Mt Druitt, appeared in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, where she was not required to enter a plea.
She is due to face trial on June 17 next year charged with murdering the girl, who was reported missing from her home at Mt Druitt, in western Sydney, on August 1, 2010.
Kiesha's mother faces trial for her murder
The mother of Kiesha Abrahams will face trial over her death in June next year.
Kristi Anne Abrahams's trial for the murder of the six-year-old girl will take about eight weeks, the NSW Supreme Court was told on Friday.
Ms Abrahams did not enter a plea.
Wearing a black-and-white spotted top and grey pants and with her large neck tattoos visible, Ms Abrahams chatted in the dock with her male co-accused.