A family has been left devastated after an 11-year-old girl killed herself when she heard that her alleged rapist was being released on bail, despite there being horrific charges against him.
Yesterday, Annaliesse Ugle’s distraught family held a funeral as a farewell for the 11-year-old girl who was taken too soon.
Mourners gathered in hundreds to pay their respects to the young girl, with the congregation spilling onto the street.
One family member said: “We know you’re up in heaven, looking down on us with your cheeky grin and your beautiful face.”
Last month, the young girl took her own life after she was feeling tormented by the fact that her alleged rapist, Peter Frederick Humes, 67, was being released on bail.
Despite the horrifying charges against him, including sexual penetration of a child under 13 and indecent dealing, Humes was released on bail.
Allegedly, she suffered abuse between 2014 and 2018.
On the steps of Western Australia’s Parliament House, her devastated family held a vigil, according to the Daily Mail.
The family is calling for the “Annalisse Law” legislation to be put into place. This would make sure that anyone who is accused of a child sex crime is remanded in police custody until their case goes to trial.
Annalisse’s family has been spotted wearing t-shirts with her face on. Alongside the picture, it says “Justice for Annalisse”. The phrase has also been continually shouted, in order to get lawmakers to listen.
Samantha Wilson, the 11-year-old’s mother, reportedly said: “I want the parliament to put legislative laws through in Annaliesse’s name to protect other young children on her behalf like she should have been protected.
“We just want Annaliesse’s law to be passed so that other children who are in her situation are protected.
“Because my little girl, she was scared.”
Annalisse’s mum described her as “bubbly” but said that the young girl had been desperate to get away from her community.
She added that her daughter loved TikTok videos and was generally a happy and clever girl.
She previously told Western Australia Today: “They let my baby down, the police, the courts… she had a lovely personality, was bubbly and outgoing.”
Western Australia’s Premier Mark McGowan has also acknowledged that the young girl had been let down by the system. He said that it was wrong of the police to have let her alleged attacker go.
He said: “I have an 11-year-old daughter – it’s beyond understanding.
“Clearly, an error was made. The police have acknowledged that.
“I am very sorry for everyone involved that this whole set of events has occurred.”
The police have since admitted that it was wrong for Humes to have been released.
Assistant Commissioner of Regional WA Jo McCabe said: “An early assessment of this case and the seriousness of the offences tells me that police bail should have been opposed and not considered in this instance.”
According to 9 News, the alleged rapist has been arrested and put behind bars after new charges have been levelled against him.