An 11-year-old girl took her own life after her alleged rapist was released on bail.
Annaliesse Ugle was allegedly repeatedly abused by the 66-year-old man from the age of five, from 2014 to 2020.
He has been charged with six counts of indecently dealing with a child and five counts of sexually penetrating a child, and is scheduled to face court again in December.
Annaliesse was rushed to Perth Children’s Hospital in Australia on October 19 after attempting suicide.
She was pronounced dead on October 20.
Annaliesse’s mum has given 7NEWS permission to name and picture her, and the courts have also allowed her identification.
She said: “Ripped my heart out. I can’t bring my girl back.”
Her daughter was “bubbly, outgoing, loud, TikTok mad”.
She added: “She was just beautiful. She drew people to her.”
Police said the alleged abuser was a person known to the family.
Western Australia Police Regional Assistant Commissioner Jo McCabe told reporters: “For someone so young to take their life is unacceptable and tragic, and many questions need to be answered.
“This will ultimately be a matter for the coroner, but I’m here today to say that WA Police will take ownership of any issues where we can improve to prevent something like this from occurring again.
“An early assessment of this case tells me that police bail should have been opposed and not considered in this instance.”
Annaliesse’s mum says her daughter felt scared and ashamed after he was released.
She went on: “He walked free, while my girl sat back worrying all the time, whether he’s going to come and get her.”
Police said there was “some suggestion” the man may have breached his bail conditions, and that officers were investigating.
He remains out of custody as of Wednesday evening.
Annaliesse’s family hope the tragedy will result in stronger bail restrictions for accused child abusers.
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