First Nations Year 6 student Annaliesse Ugle (pictured) died from self-inflicted injuries at Perth Children's Hospital on Tuesday after being airlifted there from rural Western Australia the previous day
Western Australian Police Minister Michelle Roberts wants to send investigators to a remote regions where an 11-year-old girl took her life after her alleged rapist walked free on bail.
Annaliesse Ugle died from self-inflicted injuries at Perth Children's Hospital on Tuesday after being airlifted there from rural Western Australia the previous day.
Her alleged abuser Peter Frederick Humes, 66, was freed on bail the same day he was charged with four counts of sexually penetrating a child under the age of 13 and six of indecently dealing with a child under 13.
Humes is the second Indigenous man from the Peel region, 100km south of Perth, to face serious child sex accusations in recent days.
Ms Roberts wants to expand child protection across the state - specifically where Annaliesse, a Year 6 student at First Nations, was from.
'Police have already established multi-agency child protection initiatives in the Kimberley and Pilbara, where specialist child abuse squad investigators are co-located with Department of Communities staff to detect, investigate and apprehend offenders,' Ms Roberts told WA Today.
'I intend to talk to the Commissioner about whether these initiatives could be expanded to other regions of the state, including the South West or as required.
'As a community we also need to redouble our efforts in preventative education.'
The other man accused of sex crimes from the Peel region is Bindjareb elder Harry Nannup, who pleaded not guilty to three chases of sexually penetrating a child on Thursday.
He also pleaded not guilty to three charges of indecently dealing with a child and was remanded in custody.
Her alleged abuser Peter Frederick Humes (pictured right), 66, was freed on bail the same day he was charged with four counts of sexually penetrating a child under the age of 13 and six of indecently dealing with a child under 13
There are a further 21 charges against Nannup, who ran a bush retreat with Humes for Aboriginal boys called 'Fridays with Peter Humes and Harry Nannup;.
The retreat taught young Aboriginal boys about their culture.
Humes is facing almost a dozen charges including sexual penetration of a child under 13 and indecent dealing.
The alleged abuse of Annaliesse occurred between 2014 and 2020.
Annaliesse's devastated family on Thursday called for new laws stopping alleged child sex offenders from roaming the streets as they gathered to mourn the youngster's death.
At a vigil for the young girl held on the steps of Western Australia's Parliament House on Thursday evening, more than 100 mourners gathered to pay their respects and call for 'Annaliesse's Law'.
The legislation would keep anyone charged with a child sex crime behind bars while their case goes to trial, The West Australian reported.
Western Australian Police Minister Michelle Roberts (pictured) wants to expand child protection across the state - specifically where Annaliesse was from
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 during an emotionally-charged gathering.
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.
The Ugle family had earlier given Daily Mail Australia permission to picture and name their little girl in the hope bail laws may be changed if the country can see her face.
Premier Mark McGowan addressed the girl's death on Thursday, saying her suicide was 'beyond description.'
'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.'
A photograph of Annaliesse - labelled with the words 'forever young' - rested at the top of the parliament steps surrounded by dozens of candles
Annaliesse's mother Samantha Wilson is consoled as more than 100 mourners gathered outside the parliament building to rally for change
WA Police said on Wednesday 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 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.
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.
At a vigil (pictured) for the young girl held on the steps of Western Australia's Parliament House on Thursday evening
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.
'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.
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