Update on Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and daughter Khandalyce.
Seven years after they were allegedly murdered, Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and her daughter Khandalyce have been laid to rest in their home town, Alice Springs. They left Alice Springs for a new adventure in 2008 – only to return in a single white coffin.
Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and her daughter Khandalyce were laid to rest Friday, finally reunited after being allegedly murdered more than 1000 km apart.
Early this morning their bodies were carried to an Alice Springs funeral home and then on to the Desert Life Church for a small, private funeral attended by close friends and family.
A representative from the South Australian Police also attended, as Ms Pearce-Stevenson was described as a “cheeky, loyal” young woman who was always there to support her family.
Little Khandalyce was always front and centre, the two-year-old always amongst the action, the church heard.
Ms. Pearce-Stevenson’s former boyfriend, Daniel Holdom of thethe NSW Central Coast, 41, has been charged with her murder.
No one has been charged over the death of Khandalyce.
Police believe Ms. Pearce-Stevenson was killed in December of 2008, after which her mobile phone was used to contact her family and provide false proof of life.
Khandalyce is believed to have been murdered a month later.
For years, Ms. Pearce-Stevenson went unidentified – her body was found badly decomposed in NSW’s notorious Belanglo State Forest – referred to only as “Angel,” because of a distinctive T-shirt found at the scene, by investigators.
Khandalyce’s body was found in a suitcase dumped in remote South Australia, and a joint NSW-South Australian operation eventually pieced the various clues together that linked the two bodies.
Ms. Pearce-Stevenson’s bank accounts were allegedly accessed and her Centrelink benefits taken for a number of years after she was killed.
Police are also investigating a business that was set up in Ms. Pearce-Stevenson’s name in 2011, three years after her death.
The man accused of killing the young Alice Springs mother is being sued by his former girlfriend over a car crash that left her in a wheelchair and killed her two children.
Hazel Passmore, 33, is seeking damages from Daniel Holdom in South Australia’s District Court as a result of the 2008 crash on the Stuart Highway.
Ms. Passmore is asking for compensation to cover her loss of past and future potential earnings as well as medical expenses.
But so far, Ms. Passmore has not made a claim for damages relating to the death of her children.
“There’s something peculiar about this matter… two children were killed in this collision but the claim does not refer to that,” Master Mark Rice, the judge presiding over the case, said. “She’s entitled to damages for the deaths of the children, as well as burial and funeral costs, in the ordinary course.”
Master Rice recommended Ms. Passmore change her claim to include the deaths of her two children.
Ms. Passmore has been questioned several times by police over the alleged impersonation of Ms. Pearce-Stevenson after her death in 2008.