William Tyrrell’s foster mother kicked an 11-year-old and hit her with a wooden spoon during clashes between the girl in two different homes on Sydney‘s exclusive north shore.
The foster mother, 58, who has pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting the 11-year-old, allegedly struck her the girl during one of several disciplinary sessions after the child called her a ‘f***ing b***h’.
Police allege the foster mother, referred to in the court as ‘SD’, threatened the girl while William’s 56-year-old foster father, known as ‘JS’ by the court, allegedly ‘grabbed’ the girl by the neck and ‘physically restrained her to sit back down’ in the kitchen of a suburban home.
The child was reportedly ‘pleading’ with SD to stop while the two defendants allegedly subjected her to a 15-minute ‘tirade of verbal abuse’.
When the girl threatened to poo on the kitchen floor, the foster mother then allegedly warned the girl that if she did, she would rub her face in it.
Police allege that when the child screamed out in pain, SD forced her to sit on the floor for an extended period of time.
The foster mother then kicked the girl when she tried to get up, police allege.
Details have emerged on what William Tyrrell’s foster mother (above, after pleading guilty on Monday) actually did to an 11-year-old girl
A judge has said police prosecution evidence that the schoolgirl feared threats of ‘phsyical violence, humiliation and intimidation’ may well hold water
She later told a teacher she was afraid to go back to the house, police allege.
In a series of incidents occurring between January and August 2021, police allege the foster parents stalked and intimidated the girl.
While pleading guilty to two counts of assault, the foster mother maintains she is not guilty of stalking the girl. The foster father has pleaded not guilty to one charge each of common assault and stalk and intimidate.
Prosecutors said the child using a phone without permission ended with her calling the foster mother ‘a f***ing b***h’.
The girl is due to testify via pre-recorded evidence during a week-long trial at Parramatta Local Court in Sydney’s west.
The court heard about heated verbal exchanges between the child and allegedly about a recording of the then primary schoolgirl being smacked.
Defence barrister John Stratton, SC, argued the repeated incidents, including a threatened warning by the foster mother that if the child continued to behave badly ‘she would slap her’ was just ‘lawful chastisement, not a criminal activity’.
He said if a threat by a parent to issue a child with a smacking was deemed criminal ‘that would criminalise every household in Australia’.
But police prosecutor Detective Sergeant John Marsh said the ‘smack, smack, smack’ was clear on the recording, and the multiple incidents and alleged threats was ‘certainly not what (happened in) every household in Australia’
He said a reference in a recording to a ‘smack, smack smack, could have been a recording of ‘someone in the family striking a desk’.
But Magistrate Susan McIntyre said she was prepared to allow prosecutions evidence on the stalk and intimidate charges.
The parents of William Tyrrell are on trial for allegedly stalking and intimidating an 11-year-old girl over an eight month period in 2021 in two North Shore houses
Her Honour dismissed an application to have the prosecution’s tendency evidence thrown out, saying it had ‘probitive value’ in pointing towards the foster mother’s guilt.
She said it was possible it maye be proven that the girl feared ‘the prospect there will be some kind of physical violence should conduct continue’ and ‘the prospect that if personal hygiene … (is considered) not to be appropriate that there will be consequences including humiliation and punishment’.
‘It is the cumulative effect of all these incidents to show that (the foster mother) knew her conduct was likely to cause fear but nonetheless continued.’
Attending the hearing was a large group of detectives from Strike Force Rosann, which is investigating the disappearance of William Tyrrell, including the task force commander Detective Chief Inspector David Laidlaw.
The court was told the foster mother had been ‘attempting to intervene in the (alleged) victim’s problematic behaviours’.
SD and her husband JS were charged with common assault of the girl in late 2021, as police embarked on a new search of bushland near the NSW Mid North Coast town of Kendall for the remains of William Tyrrell.
They have also entered guilty pleas to charges of using a dummy bidder to increase the sale price of their former ‘forever home’ for missing William on Sydney’s North Shore at an auction in 2020.
William Tyrrell (above) disappeared aged three in September 2014 in the NSW Mid North Coast town of Kendall and no trace of the toddler has ever been found
The charges were downgraded to regulatory offences under the Property and Stock Agents Act and the pair will be sentenced this week and fined.
William disappeared aged three in September 2014 in the NSW Mid North Coast town of Kendall and no trace of the toddler has ever been found.
No-one has ever been charged over his disappearance.
A new search of bushland within 700m of the Kendall house where William was last seen was conducted in late 2021, but no items of significance have been identified.
The foster mother (above in Kendall after William vanished) is appearing in Parramatta Local Court on charges of assaulting and stalking a child