Annaliesse Ugle: 11-yr-old girl was so terrified when man who raped her was let out on bail that she killed herself
'We know you're up in heaven, looking down on us with your cheeky grin and your beautiful face'
A tormented young girl, 11, killed herself after her alleged rapist was released on bail even though he had a long list of horrific charges. The girl, Annaliesse Ugle, took her own life last month after her alleged rapist Peter Frederick Humes, 67, was released on bail. The funeral of Ugle was held on November 16 as her devastated family paid their last respects to her, the Sun reports.
Many hundreds of mourners had gathered in the streets to bid farewell to the child. One family member shared, "We know you're up in heaven, looking down on us with your cheeky grin and your beautiful face." Ugle had been very upset upon learning that despite having many charges which include sexual penetration of a child under 13 and indecent dealing, Humes was released.
The child had allegedly been abused between the years 2014 and 2018. According to MailOnline, her family held a vigil for her on the steps of Western Australia’s Parliament House. Family members demanded the 'Annalisse Law' legislation which makes sure that anyone who is accused of a child sex crime would be remanded in police custody until the case goes to trial.
The family gave its permission for Ugle's name to be used and sported t-shirts with her picture along with the words "Justice for Annaliesse". Relatives also shouted the phrase in order to get the attention of lawmakers. "We just want Annaliesse’s law to be passed so that other children who are in her situation are protected," they said. "Because our little girl, she was scared," they added. Her mother revealed how Ugle had been a 'bubbly' young girl who had desperately wanted to get away from her community. She shared that Ugle was a clever child and was a happy girl fond of TikTok.
While speaking to WA, the mother had earlier shared, "They let my baby down, the police, the courts... she had a lovely personality, was bubbly and outgoing." Her uncle, Phillip Ugle, spoke to the crowd gathered and urged them, "Don't be frightened, encourage your kids to talk." Western Australia’s premier Mark McGowan also shared that it was wrong of the police to let her alleged attacker go. "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," McGowan shared. "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," he shared.
The police had also admitted that they made a mistake in releasing Humes. The Assistant Commissioner of Regional WA Jo McCabe shared, "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, Humes has now been arrested and put behind bars after new charges were brought against him.