Annaliesse Ugle took her own life last month when her alleged rapist Peter Humes was granted bail
An 11-year-old girl who took her own life when her alleged rapist was granted bail has been laid to rest by hundreds of mourners dressed in her favourite colour pink.
Annaliesse Ugle, from the rural town of Boddington about 120km south of Perth, was flown to hospital on October 19 with self-inflicted injuries and died the next day.
The month before, the young Aboriginal girl had identified Peter Frederick Humes, 67, as her alleged abuser but the accused was released on bail the same day.
Humes was then put back behind bars on remand just days later after being charged with 17 new offences relating to a alleged sexual assault on a five-year-old girl.
Annaliesse’s heartbroken family – who gave Daily Mail Australia permission to picture and name the youngster in the hope her face can help change Western Australia’s bail laws, farewelled the 11-year-old in an emotionally-charged service on Monday.
Loved ones watched on through tears as Annaliesse’s coffin decorated with purple butterflies was lowered into the ground.
Peter Frederick Humes, 66, (pictured) is accused of sexually abusing Annaliesse – and is now back behind bars after being charged with separate child sex offences
Loved ones watched on through their tears during the funeral in Collie, south of Perth. Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral – even spilling out onto the street when there was no room left in the church
Pictured: Annaliesse’s coffin adorned with purple butterflies during the youngster’s emotionally-charged funeral on Monday
Pall bearers carry the youngster’s coffin. Her uncle underlined the importance of children speaking to their parents about their mental health
One family member inside the funeral service in the town of Collie south of Perth remembered the youngster for her ‘cheeky grin’ and ‘beautiful face’.
Her uncle Phillip Ugle told mourners to speak to their children about their mental health so they don’t meet the same fate as Annaliesse.
‘Don’t be frightened – encourage your kids to talk,’ Mr Ugle said according to WAtoday.
The number of mourners in attendance meant the crowd spilled out of the small church and onto the street outside.
Four prisoners in handcuffs were allowed into the service in the company of security staff to pay their respects.
In the wake of the 11-year-old’s death last month, Annaliesse’s devastated family called for new laws stopping alleged child sex offenders from roaming the streets.
Humes (right) was charged last month after Annaliesse identified him as her alleged abuser but was released on bail the same day
The youngster’s devastated family earlier gathered on the steps of Western Australia’s Parliament House to remember Annaliesse and call for bail laws to be changed so other accused child sex offenders are not allowed to roam free
At a vigil for the young girl held on the steps of Western Australia’s Parliament House in the days following her death, more than 100 mourners gathered to pay their respects and call for ‘Annaliesse’s Law’.
Pictured: A photo of Annaliesse at a vigil held in her honour last month
The legislation would keep anyone charged with a child sex crime behind bars while their case goes to trial.
A photograph of Annaliesse – labelled with the words ‘forever young’ – rested at the top of the parliament steps surrounded by dozens of candles as family members wept and released pink balloons to remember the 11-year-old.
Family members wore shirts reading ‘Justice for Annaliesse’ as the vigil began with mourners shouting that phrase as they marched in front of the government building.
Annaliesse’s aunt Natasha Ugle – who had previously looked after the young girl – told Daily Mail Australia her niece was ‘a ray of sunshine’ who was loved by everyone she met.
Premier Mark McGowan has addressed the girl’s death, saying her suicide was ‘beyond description.’
Annaliesse’s mother Samantha Wilson is consoled as more than 100 mourners gathered outside the WA parliament building last month to rally for change
The little girl’s loved ones wept as they remembered a young girl described as a ‘ray of sunshine’ to all those who met her
A photograph of Annaliesse – labelled with the words ‘forever young’ – rested at the top of the parliament steps surrounded by dozens of candles
Those gathered on Thursday evening released pink balloons to remember Annaliesse as they campaigned for changes to the WA law books
The crowd of more than 100 pictured on Thursday evening. The Ugle family had earlier bravely given permission to picture and name their little girl
‘I have an 11-year-old daughter – it’s beyond understanding,’ he said.
‘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.
‘There’ll be a full coronial inquiry into these matters and the child abuse squad is obviously continuing to investigate the matters. It is just a human tragedy.’
Annaliesse’s loved ones mourn her death. The 11-year-old had her life support machine switched off at Perth Children’s Hospital
Mourners had shouted ‘Justice for Annaliesse’ as they marched in front of the government building at the start of the vigil
Family members comforted each other as they looked over a small shrine left for young Annaliesse – which featured an Aboriginal flag draped over the parliament’s steps
Annaliesse was described by her mother as a ‘bubbly’ young girl who desperately wanted to get away from her regional community.
‘She didn’t want to live in that town – she didn’t want to be there,’ the mother told WA Today.
The heartbroken mother said her daughter was one of five siblings and a clever and happy girl who loved watching TikTok.
‘They let my baby down, the police, the courts… she had a lovely personality, was bubbly and outgoing,’ she said.
Annaliesse is pictured right, with her mother centre and sister left. Her mum said she was a ‘bubbly’ child who desperately wanted to get away from her regional community after her alleged abuser was released on bail
Relatives said Annaliesse (left and right) was a ‘ray of sunshine’ to all those who knew her
Annaliesse’s mother (pictured) said her daughter ‘didn’t want to live in that town – she didn’t want to be there’
Annaliesse’s mother said the youngster (left) was a clever and happy girl who loved the viral video app TikTok
WA Police have said officers were wrong to give the alleged rapist his freedom.
‘I’m here today to say that WA Police take ownership of any issues where we can prevent something like this from occurring again,’ 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 it in this instance.’
Annaliesse’s suicide has sparked debate among the state’s MPs, with WA Liberals arguing anyone charged with a child sex offence should be refused bail.
One of Annaliesse’s (pictured) aunts Corina Abraham, 43, is holding a protest on Thursday at WA’s Parliament House to demonstrate against the decision to grant the accused bail
Annaliesse’s suicide has sparked debate among the state’s MPs about releasing accused child sex offenders on bail
But one of Perth’s most accomplished barristers said it wasn’t ethical nor was there enough jail capacity to put everyone accused of sex offences against a child behind bars before trial.
‘For this type of crime there would be hundreds of people on bail right now in the state,’ Tom Percy QC told Daily Mail Australia.
The accused had his bail renewed at a recent hearing and will face Perth Magistrate’s Court later this year.
Mr Percy said there should always be a presumption of innocence until proven guilty and added the granting of bail was also based on the strength of the case against the defendant.
High-profile barrister Tom Percy QC (pictured) said despite calls for everyone charged with a child sex crime to be refused bail, it was not practical or ethical
‘There is a presumption of innocence in our community,’ he said. ‘In COVID times we’re talking two or three years in jail before a trial is finished with just one shred of evidence against you.
‘Usually in child sex abuse cases there is a serious prospect of someone getting bail if there isn’t forensic evidence.
‘This is a tragic case but I don’t think it requires a wholesale revision of the state law books.’
The lawyer added it was not uncommon for either the complainant or the accused in cases of alleged sexual assault to take their own life before a trial is concluded.
National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project director, Gerry Georgatos, said the decision to grant the alleged predator bail was a mistake.
He said remand laws for those charged with child sex crimes need to be tightened.
‘The police, too, need to do much more to assist particularly vulnerable impoverished families,’ he said.
Annaliesse died from her self-inflicted injuries after being airlifted to Perth’s Children’s Hospital (pictured)
About 100 of Annaliesse’s family members and loved ones arrived at the hospital she died to pay their respects on Tuesday.
Many of them slept in their cars overnight before saying their final farewell.
A Western Australian Police spokesman said the family members who have arrived at the hospital are being given access to support and counselling.
If you or someone you know is in need of mental health support, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.
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