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Toddler Khandalyce Pearce was killed not long after the death of her mother Karlie Pearce-Stevenson, whose body was dumped in the Belanglo State Forest in 2008, police believe.
Daniel James Holdom, 41, has appeared in court charged with the murder of Ms Pearce-Stevenson.
Holdom was charged overnight with killing Ms Pearce-Stevenson almost two years before her bones were found in the forest south of Sydney.
It is understood police were able to trace Holdom’s mobile phone as being in the Belanglo State Forest at the time Ms Pearce-Stevenson was killed.
NSW Homicide Squad commander Detective Superintendent Mick Willing said police believed Khandalyce was killed after her mother.
“But we are trying to establish the exact timing,” he told reporters on Thursday.
No charges have been laid over Khandalyce’s death.
Police will allege Ms Pearce-Stevenson was murdered between December 14 and 15, 2008.
“She sustained certain injuries to her body but I can’t go further into those injuries as investigations are ongoing,” Superintendent Willing said.
It is understood that, while the mother and daughter both suffered violent deaths, their injuries were different,
Police have not revealed how Holdom and Ms Pearce-Stevenson knew each other.
However, it is understood Holdom had ties in the ACT. Ms Pearce-Stevenson was last seen in Charnwood, an outer suburb of Canberra, in 2008.
Holdom appeared via audio visual link from Cessnock Correctional Centre, wearing prison greens, on Thursday morning.
His Legal Aid solicitor, Peter Cleaves, told magistrate John Chicken that his client did not wish to appear in court in any form – not even by video link.
But Mr Chicken refused the request.
“Given the nature of the charge I think it’s appropriate that he appear by AVL,” he said.
“It’s not like he is being brought in and paraded.”
Holdom was formally refused bail, although Mr Cleaves did not apply for it on his behalf.
The matter was adjourned to Sydney’s Central Local Court, where Holdom has been ordered to appear via audio visual link, on November 12.
With Newcastle Herald