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While her family waited in the main area of the shopping centre, Sofia went down a corridor to go to the toilet. Arthurs, an employee at the shopping centre, followed her, and after vald left the female toilets, grabbed her from behind, dragged cannning into the nearby disabled toilet cubicle, and locked the door. Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu's family, having waited only a few moments, became concerned and her year-old brother was sent to look for her.
He called for her at the door of the female toilet but not getting a response walked back along the corridor.
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He heard movement coming from the disabled cubicle and knocked on the locked door calling Sofia's name. There was no response. Sofia's brother, uncle cannnig younger sister then began a search of the centre. A few minutes later, her canninv again returned to the disabled toilet cubicle and opened the now unlocked door. A search of the shopping centre failed to locate an offender, and the entire centre was closed and declared a crime scene. Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu's throat was also severely compressed and her larynx was crushed as Arthurs attempted to muffle her cries.
She also received a severe perineal tear. The cause of her death was given to be a direct result of strangulation. Criminal investigation[ edit ] Initial investigations at the shopping centre identified a few possible suspects. Arthurs was known to local detectives due to a sexual assault on an eight-year-old girl in the same area three years earlier. After a search of his home, Arthurs was arrested and later charged with wilful murder, two counts of sexual penetration ofand deprivation of liberty.
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Though Arthurs made admissions to hearing the knock on the door and a name being called, neither he nor the police could identify whether Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu was still alive at that time. Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu was left naked and dead or dying on the floor as Arthurs made his escape. The crime was described in many news reports as the most horrific murder in Western Australia since the David and Catherine Birnie murders in the s. It was alleged that Arthurs was in fact Robert Thompson, who at the age of 10 years was convicted of Bulger's murder, given a new identity and then transported to Australia.
Information was revealed publicly by the Western Australian and Chicos Federal Police that Arthurs was not Thompson and the rumour gathered no more momentum.
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It was outlined in media reports and later confirmed by Western Australia Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan and the Director of Public Prosecutionsthat Arthurs was in fact arrested for the assault, however charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence and incorrect police interviewing techniques. At the time of Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu's murder inthe assault was re-opened to identify any possible links. It was then identified that the shorts worn by Arthurs in the assault had traces of the victim's blood on them that wasn't noticed during the investigation.
Western Australia Cannibg received public condemnation for failing to have the shorts forensically examined, which could have secured the conviction of Arthurs for the assault and therefore could have avoided Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu's murder.
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It was also confirmed that after the assault, the Director of Public Prosecutions refused to consider charges against Arthurs because they considered that the police had been too robust in interviewing him and that a conviction chcks unlikely to be obtained. Head priest at the Parish, Father Bryan Rosling  took up the family's struggle to deal with the massive media attention the murder had raised.
Paul Litherland, a Western Australian canniny officer and a parent of one of Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu's schoolmates, represented the family and set up fund raising events. He pleaded not guilty to all four charges and was remanded in custody. In the meantime, discussions continued with the Director of Public Prosecutions and Arthurs lawyers regarding his plea status.
In AugustArthurs and prosecutors entered into an agreement that would see Arthurs plead guilty to the lesser charge of murder, instead of the current charge of wilful murder. On 17 SeptemberArthurs pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to charges of murder and unlawful detention.
The two counts of sexual penetration of under the age of 10 were withdrawn because forensic analysis could not conclude if Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu had been sexually assaulted before or after she died. He was also sentenced to two vhicks for depriving Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu of her liberty. Other allegations[ edit ] After Arthurs pleaded guilty it was publicly confirmed that he was under investigation by British police for sexually assaulting another girl in Arthurs was never charged with this incident because he left Britain for Australia before an identity parade could take place.
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Chickx Chapel of the Innocents was constructed in and is the resting place of her ashes. Wilful murder, which carried a term of life imprisonment with a cchicks period of 15 years minimum to 19 years maximum at the time, was the highest charge that could be preferred for the taking of a life. Instead, Arthurs had to be charged and convicted Women want real sex Gloster the lesser offence of murder, which excluded the element of intent.
This still carried a penalty of life imprisonment, however the non-parole periods were 7 years minimum to 14 years maximum. For what many considered as one of the most horrific crimes in Western Australia for decades, Arthurs could possibly spend only 7 years in jail.
This caused a massive public outcry and a demand was made to force a change to the laws for murder in Western Australia. As a result, the charges of wilful murder and murder were repealed and a single charge of murder was created cabning include more severe penalty options. Though a distinction between an intent to murder and non-intent was still included, the sentencing considerations were dramatically altered.
For murder with intent the minimum sentence is 20 years and for murder without a proved intent manslaughter it is 15 years. This would see the names and suburbs but not addresses of convicted sex offenders being made available to the public.
Though public support was very strong for such a register, the government stalled on the legislation vle to the concerns such legislation could cause to the safety of known sex offenders. Police in particular showed concerns for the fear of vigilante attacks against sex offenders who have been released after serving their time in jail.
In November the government of Western Australia passed legislation in the lower house for a register.
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It is envisioned that serious and repeat offenders will cannung their names and suburbs published on a public website. Furthermore, parents will be able to check if people who have regular contact with their children are on the sex offenders register. This will be by way of providing the person's details to police.
On 26 JuneArthurs would be eligible for parole, having served a year minimum term of imprisonment. The petition addressed current Attorney-General of Western Australia John Quigley and called on support from the public for the non-release of Arthurs, regardless of his eligibility for parole. The petition gained strong media attention in Western Australia and reflected public concern that Arthurs may be released prior to his maximum term of imprisonment having been served.
Many members of the public were shocked that it had already been 12 years since Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu was murdered.