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Australia Holdom's guilty plea 'never going to fill void' left by suitcase murder

13:26  31 july  2018
13:26  31 july  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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Holdom , 43, was charged with the two murders later in 2015 But he entered a plea of guilty to the two murders on Tuesday morning, just days "Whatever the sentence happens to be, it' s never ever going to fill the vacuum, it' s never ever going to fill the void that the loss of Karlie and Khandalyce

Daniel Holdom uttered the word guilty twice in the NSW Supreme Court this morning, ending a decade-long mystery. Holdom , 42, left Alice Springs with Karlie He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and and theft of a motor vehicle. Charlton admitted that he strangled her in her home.

The loved ones of a mother and daughter killed and dumped a thousand kilometres apart are relieved their killer has pleaded guilty, but say it will never fill the void their deaths have left.

Daniel Holdom uttered the word guilty twice in the NSW Supreme Court this morning, ending a decade-long mystery.

Holdom, 42, left Alice Springs with Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and her two-year-old daughter Khandalyce in 2008. They travelled to Canberra, where they argued.

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Holdom , 42, left Alice Springs with Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and her two-year-old daughter He was due to face trial next week for the double murder , but today entered the last-minute plea to the two "Whatever the sentence happens to be, it' s never ever going to fill the vacuum, it' s never ever going

On 28 October 2015, Daniel James Holdom , reported to be Pearce-Stevenson' s former partner, was arrested in Cessnock, New South Wales, and charged with her murder . Pearce-Stevenson is believed to have left Alice Springs with Pearce in 2008 to look for work.

a person and a little girl smiling at the camera: Karlie Pearce-Stevenson's body was found in Belanglo State Forest while her daughter Khandalyce Pearce's body was dumped in a suitcase beside a South Australian highway. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Karlie Pearce-Stevenson's body was found in Belanglo State Forest while her daughter Khandalyce Pearce's body was dumped in a suitcase beside a South Australian highway. Police say Holdom killed Ms Pearce-Stevenson a short time later and dumped her body in the notorious Belanglo State Forest.

He told a relative he was taking her daughter to her grandmother's. That was the last time she was seen alive.

Holdom travelled to South Australia and dumped her body in a suitcase on the side of the Karoonda Highway, where she remained until 2015 when a passing motorist found the bag.

a close up of a box: Khandalyce's body was found in this suitcase in 2015. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Khandalyce's body was found in this suitcase in 2015.

That discovery gave police the information they needed to identify her mother's remains.

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While Karlie was still thought to be missing and as her family searched for her, her bank card and identity were used with almost $72,000 was taken from her account.

When police came calling, Holdom was in jail, sentenced to at least two years for sexual intercourse with a child aged under 10.

He told them they had the wrong guy and tried to blame another man, but they had his memory card with photos of Karlie's body and mobile phone records which put him in the area.

a man sitting in a forest: Karlie Pearce-Stevenson's skeletal remains were found in Belanglo State Forest in August 2010. Picture: AAP © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Karlie Pearce-Stevenson's skeletal remains were found in Belanglo State Forest in August 2010. Picture: AAP

He was due to face trial next week for the double murder, but today entered the last-minute plea to the two murder charges.

A family spokesperson says the family is relieved.

"Finally, it appears he has accepted responsibility for the crime that he committed and for the horror he inflicted on this family," the spokesperson said.

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Holdom , 43, was charged with the two murders later in 2015 and in August 2017 was committed to stand trial in the NSW Supreme Court. But he entered a plea of guilty to the two murders on Tuesday morning, just days from the scheduled start of his trial. He will face a sentence hearing on Sept.

If you plead guilty at arraignment, you will never have a chance to see whether there was a viable defense to your charges or whether the D.A. would have exercised prosecutorial discretion in your favor. At the very least, a person who is considering entering a guilty plea at arraignment should first

"Whatever the sentence happens to be, it's never ever going to fill the vacuum, it's never ever going to fill the void that the loss of Karlie and Khandalyce has caused not only the next of kin, the extended family but, indeed, now the rest of Australia."

a group of people in a forest: Ms Pearce-Stevenson was last seen alive in 2008. Picture: AAP © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Ms Pearce-Stevenson was last seen alive in 2008. Picture: AAP

TIMELINE

2006: Karlie gives birth to Khandalyce Kiara Pearce in Alice Springs.

December 14, 2008: Karlie, 20, last seen alive in the ACT before she and Daniel James Holdom drove off in her car.

December 19, 2008: Khandalyce, aged two, last seen alive at the same address before she and Holdom leave in a new car.

September 4, 2009: Karlie's mother reports her missing but withdraws it about a month later after being assured Karlie and her granddaughter are fine.

August 29, 2010: Skeleton of unidentified young woman found by trail bike riders in Belanglo State Forest in NSW's Southern Highlands.

2011: Karlie's family set up a Facebook page to find her hoping she can contact her sick mother.

February 6, 2012: Karlie's mother, Colleen Povey, dies aged 44 believing her daughter and granddaughter are safe.

July 15, 2015: A motorist finds the remains of a small child near a suitcase on the Karoonda Highway near the small town of Wynarka in South Australia.

October 21, 2015: Police identify the mother and daughter and link the cases.

October 28, 2015: Holdom is charged with Karlie's murder.

December 2015: He is charged with murdering Khandalyce.

August 24, 2017: Holdom is ordered to stand trial in the NSW Supreme Court charged with the two murders.

July 31, 2018: One week before trial is due to begin the 43-year-old pleads guilty to both murders and will face a sentence hearing on September 28.


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