Australia - Louise Bell, 10, Hackham West, SA, 3 Jan 1983 *D. Pfennig guilty*

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  1. marlywings

    marlywings Former Member

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    November 19, 2013

    NEW forensic evidence led to Major Crime detectives charging a former schoolteacher in the Louise Bell murder case.

    The evidence forms the backbone of the case against former schoolteacher Dieter Pfennig, 65, who was today charged with the murder of the 10-year-old schoolgirl.

    In a sensational development in the 30-year old mystery, detectives from the Major Crime Investigation Section descended on Port Lincoln.

    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/...girl-louise-bell/story-fni6uo1m-1226763196736
     
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  3. Snoods

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    I'm so relieved the family can finally get some justice. I hate that the killer was able to live his life so happily for so long, though. And the excessive cruelty he showed her poor parents with the teasing after her murder! What a monster.
     
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    MAJOR Crime detectives investigating the murder of schoolgirl Louise Bell waited more than a year for a crucial legal opinion in the case from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    The Advertiser can reveal that detectives sought an opinion on whether they had enough evidence to charge their only suspect in the case – former schoolteacher Dieter Pfennig, 65 – in late 2012.

    However, the ODPP legal opinion – that there was enough evidence against Pfennig, 65, to ensure a reasonable prospect of a conviction – was not provided until a fortnight ago.

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/new...y-e6frg6n6-1226766438881#sthash.S1UH62ob.dpuf
     
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    Louise Bell trial: Accused told inmate girl's body buried with murder victim Michael Black, court hears

    A convicted child killer accused of murdering 10-year-old Louise Bell told another prisoner her body was buried in the same place as the body of a boy he abducted and murdered in 1989, a court hears.

    Dieter Pfennig, 67, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Louise, who was allegedly kidnapped from her bedroom and murdered in 1983.


    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-...ith-murder-victim-michael-black-court/6817082
     
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    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-...to-resume-with-founding-father-of-dna/7080502

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-...o-murder-accused-in-louise-bell-trial/7086678
     
  9. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny <b><span style="color:#660033;">WS Forum Coordinat Forum Coordinators

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    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/...l/news-story/7efcdab32ff5bf10fca2b34b1814b938

    http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/03/30/03/46/medical-evidence-to-determine-trial

     
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    "International DNA expert Professor Peter Gill has given evidence at the Louise Bell murder trial about whether a sample collected from the 10-year-old's pyjamas matches the man accused of her 1983 killing Dieter Pfennig.

    The body of Louise Bell, the 'shy and obedient' primary schoolgirl who vanished from her bedroom one night 33 years ago in the southern Adelaide suburb of Hackham West, has never been found.

    Only her pyjamas, the yellow-flowered top torn and sodden but neatly folded near the letterbox on a neighbour's lawn five weeks after her disappearance, and her gold hoop earrings have ever been found.

    Forensic evidence taken from her pyjama top, from a stain, a piece of fluff and a 'tape lift' has been analysed by laboratories in both South Australia and the Netherlands, with differing results.

    Professor Gill, the UK and Norway-based scientist whose expertise in DNA proved that a woman posing as the daughter of Russian Tsar Princess Anastasia was a fake, has given evidence to the Adelaide Supreme Court trial via Skype.

    The court was told Forensic Science South Australia generated a likelihood of 6,400 to one that the sample from the pyjama top was Pfennig's, ABC News reported."

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...cted-killer-Dieter-Pfennig.html#ixzz4AI1IHAZP
     
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    https://au.news.yahoo.com/sa/a/31874336/prosecution-closes-case-against-pfennig/#page1

    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/...s/news-story/158e497110d0148f79c667c410b65539

     
  13. gregjrichards

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    "All the evidence in a murder case against a former teacher proves that he abducted and killed a 10-year-old schoolgirl 33 years ago, his trial has been told.

    Dieter Pfennig, 67, is accused of abducting Louise Bell from her bedroom in Hackham West in Adelaide in 1983 and killing her for 'sexual purposes'.

    Prosecutors told the South Australian Supreme Court on Wednesday that a murder case has been built 'layer upon layer' against Pfennig.

    The court heard it was not just the DNA evidence that pointed to Pfennig as the killer, but also what he said and did in the weeks, months and years after the 10-year-old girl's disappearance."

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...eter-Pfennig-sexual-purposes-court-hears.html
     
  14. Bohemian

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    Louise Bell murder trial: DNA inconsistencies raise questions, Dieter Pfennig's defence lawyer says
    By court reporter Candice Prosser
    Updated Mon Jul 18 13:54:06 EST 2016
    Posted Mon Jul 18 13:18:33 EST 2016

    'Inconsistent DNA results from abducted Adelaide schoolgirl Louise Bell's pyjama top creates a lack of clarity about the strength of the forensic evidence, a defence lawyer has told the South Australian Supreme Court.'

    'In his closing address, one of Pfennig's lawyers, Paul Charman, told the court the forensic evidence was uncertain.

    "We say the inconsistencies in the results causes there to be a lack of clarity about the strength of the DNA evidence," Mr Charman said.

    "There are two questions in relation to DNA: one; whose DNA is it on the pyjama top, and the DNA evidence can never actually prove that it's only ever a likelihood ratio, and two; how did it get there?

    "We say the prosecution has led a great deal of evidence in relation to question one and very little in relation to question two."

    Mr Charman said how the DNA was transferred onto the Louise's pyjama top could not be known beyond reasonable doubt.

    He said secondary transfer could not be excluded through Pfennig's daughter who played basketball with Louise.'

    'During her closing address, prosecutor Sandi McDonald dismissed the claim DNA could have been transferred through Pfenning's daughter as as "ludicrous".'

    'Ms McDonald told the court the prosecution case was more than just the DNA evidence and Pfennig had left a trail of evidence behind him over the past three decades.'

    'Another of Pfennig's lawyers, Grant Algie QC, will address the court on the rest of the evidence on Tuesday.'

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-...-raise-questions-in-louise-bell-trial/7638038
     
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    Louise Bell trial: Adelaide schoolgirl likely 'enticed' out of bedroom before her murder, prosecution says
    By court reporter Candice Prosser
    Updated Wed at 1:08pm (13/07/2016)
    Posted Wed at 12:32pm (13/07/2016)

    'The man accused of abducting and murdering Louise Bell in 1983 has left a trail of evidence behind over the past three decades, the prosecution has told the Supreme Court.'

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-...enticed'-out-of-bedroom-before-murder/7624784
     
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    Louise Bell: Dieter Pfennig defence urges prison 'murder confession' evidence be discounted
    ABC News
    By court reporter Candice Prosser
    Updated Tue Jul 19 15:45:20 EST 2016
    Posted Tue Jul 19 14:07:24 EST 2016

    'Two inmates who alleged prison confessions were made about Louise Bell's abduction and murder were attention-seeking fraudsters, a lawyer has told an Adelaide court.'

    'His lawyer, Grant Algie QC, said two prisoners who testified Pfennig allegedly confessed to murder were frauds with "extreme" personalities.

    He told the Supreme Court former prisoner and Baptist minister Stephen Akpata was an intelligent, self-righteous and self-interested man.

    "In my submission the character of the man is appalling, he's a fraud," he told Justice Michael David.

    Mr Algie said another "long-term career criminal" was an unreliable witness with an antisocial personality disorder and narcissistic traits.

    It was "objectively absurd" and totally implausible Pfennig would have confessed to him, Mr Algie told the court.

    He said that prisoner had a Louise Bell case fixation and had Pfennig confessed to him in late 2005 it was "incredible and unbelievable" that he did not immediately go to authorities and tell people.

    Justice David said he would treat both witnesses' evidence with great caution.'

    'The long-running trial concluded with Justice David indicating he will deliver his verdict on November 14.'

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-19/louise-bell-murder-trial-defence-closing/7641590
     
  17. gregjrichards

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    "A convicted murderer and former teacher has been found guilty of murdering Adelaide schoolgirl Louise Bell more than 30 years ago.

    Dieter Pfennig, 68, was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt on Friday over one of South Australia's most enduring cold cases.

    Louise was just 10-years-old when was abducted through her bedroom window in Hackham West in January 1983.

    Her body has never been found."

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...l-Louise-Bell-30-years-ago.html#ixzz4PfyNaCkr
     
  18. Madge_Ick_Dike

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    Now he has no reason to hold back - he needs to tell the truth, where are their bodies :(
     
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    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-11/pfennig-found-guilty-of-murdering-10yo-louise-bell/8016286

    Justice Michael David announced his guilty verdict to a packed public gallery full of family members, detectives and others.
    He said in court that he wanted to "bring this whole ghastly thing to an end".
    "I'm going to say something that's quite unusual, but I've thought a lot about it.
    "During this period of time, between now and the sixth [of December], I say to your client through you: If he could tell the authorities where the bodies of Michael Black and Louise Bell are … then that may or may not affect my sentence."
     
  20. knowledgethirsty

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    Finally solved... I lived about 2 km from where this happy, scared the **** out of me. RIP Louise.
     
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    Video: Child murderer using tax funds for appeal

    'Victims groups have slammed a move by child murderer Dieter Pfennig to challenge his conviction at taxpayers' expense. He wants legal aid to fund his appeal, but critics say the money should be given to his victims' families instead. Mark Mooney reports.'
     

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