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Name: DANTE WYNDHAM ARTHURS

Age: 27 yrs old (2011)

State: WA - Canning Vale

Sentence: Sentenced in the WA Supreme Court, in November 2007, to life in jail - 13 yrs non parole..Recommended never to be released.

Offence/Other: Dante Arthurs - Child Killer/ Paedophile - Authurs pleaded guilty to the 2006 perverted strangulation murder of 8 year old Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu in a Perth toilet block... Harsher laws are needed to help protect society and deter other child killing paedophiles like arthurs....
Life in jail should mean life with no chance of parole EVER....
Many would say that the Death penalty needs to be re-introduced in Australia to help prevent/ deter crimes like this. Read more below.

Dante Arthurs


WA passes law to register sex offenders

https://www.communityprotection.wa.gov.au/


Sofia the reason for our right to know

It is hard to believe that Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu would have turned 14 this week, had she not been brutally murdered by sex monster Dante Arthurs in 2006.
Sofia was just eight when she died.
Her naked body was found by her 14-year-old brother on the floor of a toilet cubicle at a Canning Vale shopping centre in June of that year.
Time goes by quickly, doesn't it?
But I don't think time would have gone by quickly for Sofia's parents, Gabriel and Josephine.
For the Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu family, the past five years would have gone by agonisingly slowly.
How would one ever get over the death of a child, particularly given the brutal circumstances of Sofia's last moments?
In their normal dignified way, Gabriel and Josephine last week spoke through a written statement to The Sunday Times about the continuing struggle to cope with their daughter's loss and the State Government's plan to set up a public register for convicted sex offenders.
Gabriel and Josephine had lobbied for such a register to be established, believing that children could be better protected if parents and guardians knew the whereabouts of convicted pedophiles and rapists.
Dante Arthurs was not a convicted sex offender at the time of his crime. He would therefore not have been on such a register even if it had been in place then.
But what happened to Sofia became a symbol of why parents should have the right to know if a sex monster, released from prison, is living next door to them or playing in a park across the road with their kids.
"Our family is well and continuing living as normal as possible," Gabriel and Josephine said when I asked them how they were coping since the death of their daughter. "This Bill (Community Protection Offender Reporting Amendment Bill 2011) will be introduced the same week as Sofia would have turned 14 (November 11), so it is a very emotional time for us," they said.
"If the register saves one child, then that would be a great birthday present for Sofia."
I don't give a fig about arguments that convicted sex offenders will be targeted and persecuted if their identities are made public on the internet. These monsters lost their rights the day they touched a child.
What rights should they possibly have?
Even in jail, they have to be segregated because of their abhorrent crimes.
Yet they are released from jail and basically allowed to live wherever they like and in what-ever neighbourhood they like.
If a public sex offenders' register is never established, it is likely that when Dante Arthurs gets out of jail (he is eligible for parole in nine years) he could well be living right next door to a family with children and no one would ever know.
What an absolutely horrifying thought.

The Sunday Times (11-11-2011)
Joe Spagnolo
http://www.perthnow.com.au/opinion/sofia-the-reason-for-our-right-to-know/story-e6frg423-1226192911000

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MAKO/Files Online.. Listing Australian Convicted Paedophiles/ Sex Offenders/ Child Killers.. FREE Public Service..


Law to list sex deviants online

WEST Australians will be able to see photos of sex offenders living in their area by entering their postcodes on a website.
The move will come about as a result of legislation to be introduced in WA Parliament this week.
For the first time, PerthNow can reveal how the Government's controversial public sex-offender register will operate.
The register, which critics fear will spark vigilante attacks on pedophiles and rapists, was promised by Colin Barnett before the 2008 election.
The register will allow anyone to:
* Access photographs of repeat or dangerous sex offenders by putting their postcodes in a police website.
* Access names, dates of birth, photographs and aliases of any child sex offenders being sought by WA Police, following a breach of bail or reporting conditions.
* Ask police if a person who has unsupervised contact with their children for more than three days a year is on the register.
Police Minister Rob Johnson said the murder of eight-year-old Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu at Canning Vale shopping centre in 2006 by Dante Wyndham Arthurs drove him to pursue a public register.
"I believe it will provide parents with a tool to better protect their children and should be seen as complementary to common sense, vigilance, and teaching children protective behaviours," he said. "If this public register leads to one less child being sexually abused, it will have served its purpose."
The legislation was last night welcomed by the parents of Sofia, Gabriel and Josephine Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu.
"This Bill will be introduced the same week as Sofia would have turned 14 so it is a very emotional time for us," the couple said in a statement. "But if the register (even though we will probably never know) saves one child, then that would be a great birthday present for Sofia."
Attorney-General Christian Porter said the rights of parents and guardians to protect their children outweighed the risk that released sex offenders could be persecuted.
"This is an Australian first," he said. "We have borrowed models that have operated successfully in the US and in the UK and we have put in a hybrid system.
"It's been a difficult process because you need the right balance. You have to balance the interest of parents and their right to have information . . . and you want to minimise the chance of people misusing the information.
"I think we have struck the right balance here. But, ultimately, we want to fall on the side of parents' rights to have information that allows them to protect their children. We are not falling on the side of civil libertarian groups' views."
But Australian Lawyers Alliance national director Tom Percy QC said the risk of vigilante reprisals was too great.
"The media-driven hysteria about these offenders would make vigilante reactions a reality and, in the circumstances, an unacceptable risk for no tangible benefit in return," he said.
The Government will spend $2.9 million setting up the public register and has committed a further $1.4 million a year for administration and operating costs.
There are 12,596 offenders on the Australian National Child Offender Register, 2500 of whom live in WA.
But details of sex offenders on the national register are known only to police and state and federal government authorities.
What the WA Government will do is take the most serious sex offenders on the national register and make their details public.
Mr Johnson said there were as many as eight sex offenders on the run in WA. Their pictures and details would be posted on the website for everyone to see as soon as the legislation was passed and new laws proclaimed, probably by early next year.
Mr Johnson said it was expected that the photographs of at least 60 convicted sex offenders would be made available when the police website was up and running.
Mr Johnson and Mr Porter warned that there would be severe penalties for anyone who abused the new laws.
People could download pictures of the sex offenders only for private use.
Anyone who distributed the photographs, published them or used them for vigilante activities could be jailed for up to 10 years.
"We are trusting the people of WA to behave responsibly with the information," Mr Porter said. "We trust people will get the information for the means of protecting their children and not for any other purpose."

The Sunday Times (5-11-2011)
Joe Spagnolo
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/law-to-list-sex-deviants-online/story-e6frg143-1226186608113

MAKO/Files Online.. Listing Australian Convicted Paedophiles/ Sex Offenders/ Child Killers.. FREE Public Service..


Plans for a public register of sex offenders stalls

PLANS for a public register of sex offenders in WA appear to have been derailed, with Attorney-General Christian Porter handballing the project to Police Minister Rob Johnson.
Almost two years since winning government, the Barnett administration has yet to unveil a final plan for the register.
And the proposal suffered another setback, with funding missing from the Government's second budget.
The father of slain schoolgirl Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu, sexually assaulted and murdered in a shopping centre toilet in 2006, said the Government had dropped the ball on the issue.
Mr Rodriguez lobbied for a public sex-offenders register just before the 2008 election.
He told The Sunday Times this week it had been more than a year since he had heard from the Government about the proposal.
Immediately after the election, Mr Porter said he was considering a model by which residents could type their address into a website and receive pictures of pedophiles and sex offenders living in their neighbourhood.
This week his office handballed media inquiries about the register to Mr Johnson.
A spokeswoman for Mr Porter said: "The Attorney-General and the Minister for Police have worked closely in developing legislation to discharge this election commitment over the last two years.
"At the moment police are taking the lead on media queries.
"However, you can assume both offices are involved in the preparation of responses because both offices are working on the legislation."
Mr Johnson refused requests by The Sunday Times to speak about the sex offenders register this week.
Dante Wyndham Arthurs, 23, was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 for Sofia's murder.
Just a few weeks out from the fifth anniversary of his daughter's death, Mr Rodriguez said he had tried to blot Arthurs from his mind.



The Sunday Times (29-5-2010)
Joe Spagnolo
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/plans-for-a-public-register-of-sex-offenders-stalls/story-e6frg14c-1225872903957

Case closed on Dante Arthurs sex assault police blunder

EXCLUSIVE: THE police who botched an investigation into an indecent assault by sex monster Dante Arthurs will face no further disciplinary action.
The decision comes after a corruption probe found police made ``an honest error'' -- three years before Arthurs raped and killed schoolgirl Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu.
The Corruption and Crime Commission findings, released to The Sunday Times this week, determined there was no misconduct by police over their investigation of the attack against an eight-year-old girl in a Canning Vale park in December, 2003.
The inquiry found that police made ``an honest error'' in failing to forensically test Arthurs' blood-spattered shorts after he was charged with indecent assault and deprivation of liberty over the incident.
Arthurs was charged by police at the time, but after a review of the evidence the DPP discontinued the prosecution.
Police have been under intense scrutiny that their failure to test the shorts and the conduct of two officers in a heavy-handed video interview, deemed inadmissible by the DPP, may have ultimately contributed to Sofia's death by allowing Arthurs to go free.
But the CCC investigation found that any suggestion the events could have prevented Sofia's death, less than three years later, was ``no more than speculation''.
Eight-year-old Sofia's naked body was found by her 14-year-old brother on the floor of a toilet cubicle at Livingston Marketplace Shopping Centre at Canning Vale on June 26, 2006.
In November 2007, Arthurs was sentenced to life for Sofia's murder, with a minimum of 13 years before being eligible for parole.
At that time, Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said it appeared that police had bungled the investigation into the 2003 attack, in which the girl was grabbed from behind and dragged towards trees, but managed to bite the offender and free herself.
He requested the CCC conduct an independent investigation.
In a statement to The Sunday Times, CCC Commissioner Len Roberts-Smith QC said he had sent a letter to Mr O'Callaghan advising that the CCC did not have the statutory function to comment about any possible impact the failure of the 2003 police investigation may have had on Sofia's murder.
In the statement, Mr Roberts-Smith said the CCC had found that:
While the decision to not have Arthurs' clothing forensically tested was ``extremely unfortunate'', it was ``an honest error'' and there was no misconduct by the police officers involved.
While the two detectives who conducted the forceful video interviews with Arthurs in 2003 did not engage in misconduct under the Corruption and Crime Commission Act, they had not followed police regulations, and
The internal police investigation into the actions of two detectives who conducted the interviews with Arthurs in 2003 was conducted adequately.
Sofia's mother, Josephine, and the DPP yesterday declined to comment.

PerthNow (12-9-2009)
Nicole Cox
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/case-closed-on-dante-arthurs-sex-assault-police-blunder/story-e6frg12c-1225772235972

Child killer Dante Arthurs stalked up to 12 girls

Child killer Dante Arthurs was stalking up to a dozen girls shortly before he murdered eight-year-old Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu in Canning Vale last year.
Only now can it be revealed that just days after Sophia's murder on June 26, 2006, The Sunday Times interviewed the parents of sisters - then aged 11 and 13 - whose names were on a hit list compiled by Arthurs.
Two days after the then 21-year-old Arthur's arrest on June 27, police visited a Huntingdale family with the chilling news that their daughters' names and other details were on the list.
The police visit led to the frightening revelation that Arthurs had already phoned the girls' grand-uncle, asking if he knew where the girls lived.
"The police showed us a bit of paper with all the addresses on and everything,'' the girls' mother, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
"He (Arthurs) had both of our girls' names, (their) uncles and cousins' names, phone numbers and addresses where he'd tried hunting them down.
"My husband went around to his uncle's house and saw him and he told him he'd had a call for the girls there. The uncle had spoken to (Arthurs), but had no idea (who he was).
"He got pretty close. We're in Huntingdale and they're in Gosnells _ one suburb away.
"It's bad enough trying to take one child away from any family: what were his plans _ trying to take two away from one family? That's just sick.''
During Arthurs' sentencing on Wednesday, prosecutor Sam Vandongen told the WA Supreme Court police had found photographs and details of potential child victims during a raid on his home.
"There was a bag with documents containing photographs and details of a number of young girls and female clothing in small sizes,'' Mr Vandongen said.
Arthurs had collected ages, addresses and directions to their homes. The bag also contained gloves, handcuffs, packing tape, a rope and a small knife.
Judge John McKechnie sentenced Arthurs to life in prison with a minimum of 13 years.
But it also emerged during sentencing that he had been let off another child sex assault in 2003 by a bungled police investigation.
On Thursday, Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan admitted police "may have blood on their hands'' after Arthurs went on to kill Sofia.
"If the cops had done their job properly, that little girl would probably still be alive,'' the Huntingdale mother said of Arthurs' first arrest.
"A friend of ours, her friend's daughter, was also on the list _ that's three girls we know of.
"It's taken all this time for them to let the public know about these other girls' names.
"They showed us a pile of girls' names. We saw photos.
"They were all under 15 and each girl had their own file.
"He had all the girls' details. Some were in his own handwriting.''
The mother said both her daughters had been models, so she suspected that was how Arthurs had found them.
"They've both done modelling and their photos were plastered everywhere,'' she said.
"They won't even do any of that now _ they won't do anything. They don't go out hardly any more and if they do, they go out with a big group.
"Just three weeks ago, my youngest burst into tears on her way to school and wouldn't go. She goes, `I can't walk to school, I'm scared _ it feels like someone's watching me'.
"They're petrified. They're still doing it really hard. In the past few months they've even dreamed of him.
"My oldest ... saw (Arthurs) on the news the other night and goes, `I don't want to know about it _ leave me alone!', and shut herself in her room, bawled her eyes out and didn't talk to anyone all night.''
Though both girls received psychological counselling after being told they were targets, they still suffer nightmares 18 months on.
The mother said it had torn the family apart. ``When the police spoke to my (eldest) daughter she just cracked. She lost it. She broke down and cried,'' she said.
The father said: ``It felt like someone had ripped my heart straight out of me.
"When they showed me those names on that piece of paper I couldn't talk to them _ every time I spoke, I cried. My daughters could have been raped or killed.''

www.perthnow.com.au (9-11-2007)
Cortlan Bennett
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/arthurs-stalked-12-girls/story-e6frg13u-1111114847387


Pervert Child Killer Had Photos Of Girls

A PERTH man who strangled an eight-year-old girl before digitally penetrating her had photographs of other young girls at his home with a bag containing latex gloves, handcuffs and rope.
Dante Wyndham Arthurs, 23, dragged Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu into a disabled toilet cubicle at the Canning Vale shopping centre in Perth on June 26 last year.
He strangled her, stripped her and digitally penetrated her -- then propped her body against the wall and fled.
Forensic evidence led police to his Canning Vale home the next day, where they found a bag containing latex gloves, handcuffs, a small knife and rope, with a collection of pictures of young girls. There were no photographs of Sofia.
In the West Australian Supreme Court yesterday, Justice John McKechnie sentenced Arthurs to life in jail for the "grave" murder.
Justice McKechnie also sentenced him to two years for depriving Sofia of her liberty, but it was not immediately clear if this was to be served concurrently or not.
He ordered Arthurs serve a minimum of 13 years before being eligible for parole, but it is unlikely the killer will ever be released.
Arthurs had admitted murdering Sofia, but the court heard it was not intentional.
The court heard it was an opportunistic bid to touch the girl sexually when she appeared at the toilet door as Arthurs was leaving.
Arthurs' lawyer, Bob Richardson, told the court his client had no clear recollection of what happened but could see pictures in his head of doing things to the girl.
He said Arthurs admitted wanting to touch the girl sexually but denied wanting to kill her.
Arthurs recalled seeing his hands around a throat and panicked when he noticed she had stopped breathing.
He tried to revive her with mouth to mouth resuscitation and shook her violently when she did not respond.
"He watched himself go across to her to remove her clothing and insert one finger into the vagina," Mr Richardson said.
Arthurs was initially also charged with sexual penetration but the charges were dropped because it could not be determined if she was raped before or after she died.
Under WA law, sexual assault charges can only be laid if the victim was alive.
The attack occurred when Sofia went to the toilet while shopping with family.
"Sofia's brother rushed into the toilet only to find his sister lying naked on the floor," prosecutor Sam Vandongen said.
Psychologist Greg Dear said Arthurs had Asperger's Syndrome and little insight into his thoughts or feelings


The Mercury (8-11-2007)

Sofia's Killer Jailed For Life Over Toilet Murder

A Perth man has been sentenced to life in prison for the "evil" strangling of an eight-year-old girl whom he then sexually abused before leaving her naked body on a toilet floor.
Dante Wyndham Arthurs, 23, must serve at least 13 years before being considered for parole, but it is unlikely he will ever be released.
He had pleaded guilty in the WA Supreme Court to dragging Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu into a disabled toilet cubicle at a Canning Vale shopping centre in Perth on June 26, 2006.
He strangled her, stripped her and digitally penetrated her before propping her naked body against the cubicle wall and fleeing.
Evidence led police to his Canning Vale home the next day, where they found a bag in a wardrobe containing latex gloves, handcuffs and rope along with a collection of pictures of young girls and their addresses.
Justice John McKechnie told a trembling Arthurs yesterday there were some crimes "so evil" they shocked the public conscience and the crime against Sofia was one of them.
He sentenced Arthurs to life in prison, with a non-parole period of 13 years.
He had to set a minimum between seven and 14 years.
He also sentenced Arthurs to two years, to be served concurrently, for depriving Sofia of her liberty.
"I find you have a dangerous sexual motivation towards young girls that manifests itself in violent situations with young girls," the judge said.
Arthurs' lawyer Bob Richardson said his client had attacked another eight-year-old girl in Perth in 2003, but police bungling led to the dropping of charges that may have convicted Arthurs – possibly preventing the slaying of Sofia.
"If he had have been convicted at that time, these issues, I'm not saying they would have been, but could have been addressed," Mr Richardson said.
The 2003 charges were dropped because police were too aggressive in their questioning and also told the Director of Public Prosecutions there was no forensic evidence to support a prosecution.
But today, the court heard recent forensic testing had now linked Arthurs to the crime for which he has since confessed in return for indemnity from prosecution.
This prompted police today to order an internal review into why Arthurs' shorts were not forensically tested in 2003.
Mr Richardson told the court Arthurs had no clear recollection of what happened in the toilet where he killed Sofia, but could see pictures in his head of himself doing something to her.
Arthurs told his lawyer and medical experts he recalled seeing his hands around a throat and panicked when he noticed she had stopped breathing.
"I tried to shake a response from her, then her arms broke," Arthurs told a psychologist, Mr Richardson told the court.
"I heard a large snapping noise."
Arthurs told them: "He watched himself go across to her to remove her clothing and insert one finger into the vagina.
"He noticed there was blood".
Under WA law, sexual assault charges can only be laid if the victim was alive at the time of the attack.
Prosecutor Sam Vandongen said medical reports suggested Sofia's arms were broken before her death.
Fractures in her legs were caused by severe torsion or twisting – not consistent with Arthurs' claim the injuries were caused when he threw her against the toilet.
"Her body was sexually penetrated ... there were significant other injuries ... which place this particular offence in the worst of its type," Mr Vandongen said.
As Arthurs fled the toilet, attempts to catch him and revive Sofia failed.
But forensic evidence led police to Arthurs house the next day where the pictures of other young girls and their names, ages and addresses were found.
Mr Vandongen said these items indicated Arthurs had a sexual interest in young girls.
Forensic psychologist Greg Dear told the court Arthurs had Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism that meant he had little insight into his own thoughts or feelings.
But this did not explain his actions on the day Sofia died.
Justice McKechnie told Arthurs: "The circumstances of the commission of this offence are so grave ... and your future dangers so real I will set a substantial minimum period".
Arthurs can be considered for parole in 13 years, backdated to his arrest on June 27, 2006.
But it is unlikely he will ever be released.
The release of prisoners from life imprisonment must be signed off by WA's attorney-general and the current incumbent, Jim McGinty doubts any attorney-general would consider releasing him.
Outside the court, Father Bryan Rosling read a statement from Sofia's parents Gabriel and Josephine, who stayed away from court today with their remaining three children to avoid the pain of hearing legal quibbles and details of Arthurs' previous offences.
"We cannot bring Sofia back but we believe it is possible to save other Sofias in the future," they said.
"Why wait for another child to be the victim of a homicidal paedophile before making available a public register for sex offenders?"

AAP (8-11-2007)
Liza Kappelle/ Andrea Hayward


Revelations anger murdered girl's family

The family of murdered eight-year-old Perth girl Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu have expressed anger at revelations their daughter's killer was investigated by British police in 2001.
Police from the English county of Surrey investigated Dante Wyndham Arthurs over an incident in Surrey, believed to have involved a young child, but never charged him.
WA police said Monday they were not told about the Surrey "incident" until after Arthurs, 23, had been arrested for killing Sofia in a Perth suburban shopping centre toilet on June 26, 2006.
"WA Police would have been alerted to this earlier only if Surrey police had contacted Interpol to help locate Dante Arthurs after he and his family left England," police said in a statement.
"As far as WA police are aware, Surrey Police did not contact Interpol over Dante Arthurs."
Sofia's family have said their daughter may still be alive if Arthurs had been put on a sex offenders' register over a 2003 charge in Australia of indecent dealing with another Perth girl.
Prosecutors dropped that charge because a police interview with Arthurs had been too aggressive and the case would have been thrown out of court.
Sofia's family priest Bryan Rosling said her parents were angry at the new revelations.
"Sofia's father Gabriel is dismayed and angered by these new revelations of the 2001 assault on a little girl in England," Father Rosling told Southern Cross Broadcasting.
But WA Attorney-General Jim McGinty said the Surrey incident would not have shown up on a child sex register in WA.
"Dante Arthurs is alleged to have been investigated by the police in Britain," Mr McGinty told reporters.
"No charges were laid, no convictions were recorded. That's not something which would show up on any database which we could reasonably have access to here in Western Australia."


www.smh.com.au (24-9-2007)
http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/UK-police-investigated-Arthurs-in-2001/2007/09/24/1190486197067.html

Mother of 'victim' says Dante Arthurs would have attacked again

Dante Wyndam Arthurs would have attacked another young girl even if he had been tried over a 2003 assault on an eight-year-old, the victim's mother says.
On Monday, Arthurs pleaded guilty to murdering and unlawfully detaining eight-year-old Sofia Rodriquez-Urrutia-Shu in the toilet of a suburban shopping centre in Perth last year.
In 2003, he was charged with indecently dealing with another eight-year-old girl in a park near his Canningvale house, but the charge was dropped because prosecutors decided the police interview was "too robust''.
Police have criticised the Director of Public Prosecutions for dropping the case, but both agree it is unlikely Arthurs would have gone to jail if he had been convicted.
The mother of the 2003 victim today said she could not understand why the charges were dropped.
"There was no justice and closure in dropping the case for us,'' she told South Cross Broadcasting.
But a trial would not have changed Arthurs' evil nature, the mother said.
"I think it was in him, I don't think you can change someone like that. I mean who does that? I can't fathom it,'' she said.
"It was inevitable, I think he would have done it again.''
The mother said that when the case against Arthurs was dropped she lied to her daughter and told her he had been locked up.
She has welcomed the police decision to conduct a cold case review of the matter.
Sofia killer 'may never get out' - McGinty
The murderer of eight-year-old Perth girl Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu is unlikely to ever get out of jail, West Australian Attorney-General Jim McGinty says.
Dante Wyndham Arthurs, 22, yesterday pleaded guilty to murdering and unlawfully detaining Sofia in the toilet of a suburban shopping centre.
He was originally charged with the more serious crime of wilful murder but the charge was downgraded by WA's Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) because there was insufficient evidence to prove Arthurs intended to kill Sofia.
Two counts of sexual penetration were withdrawn because forensic analysis could not conclude if Sofia had been sexually assaulted before or after she died.
Both wilful murder and murder attract a mandatory term of life imprisonment in WA.
The release of prisoners from life imprisonment must be signed off by the WA attorney-general.
The nature of Arthurs' crimes were so horrific it would be unlikely that any attorney-general would consider Arthurs' release, Mr McGinty said.
"He will now be sentenced to life imprisonment and I doubt that he'll be released for an extremely long period of time, if ever,'' Mr McGinty said.
"Because we do not have the death penalty there are certain people who must look forward to spending the rest of their lives in jail.
"It would be hard to think of anyone who in my lifetime who would contemplate the release of Dante Arthurs from prison.''
Mr McGinty defended the DPP's decision to enter into a plea bargain with Arthurs and charge him on the lesser offence of murder.
"I think everyone would have liked to have seen a conviction based on the most serious offence, that is wilful murder,'' Mr McGinty said.
"The view is that the evidence was not sufficient to sustain a charge of wilful murder.''
Police interviewing techniques, considered too robust, resulted in the DPP throwing out an earlier indecent assault charge against Arthurs in 2003.
The bulk of a police interview with Arthurs was ruled inadmissible by a Supreme Court judge in August when the judge said some of the questioning amounted to ``undue insistence or pressure''.
The attorney-general said police could learn from their mistakes.
"While there have been some shortcomings in the way that this matter has progressed we have got a sentence that will see Dante Arthurs behind bars for a very long period of time, if not for the rest of his natural life,'' Mr McGinty said.
"I think police, like everyone else, need to learn as things go on and need to make sure the evidence they gain is admissible in court.''
Mr McGinty said he hoped a Law Reform Commission report expected by the WA government next month would lead to the scrapping of the distinction between wilful murder and murder.

AAP (17-9-2007)
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Toilet Murder Case Date Set

A man accused of raping and murdering an eight-year-old girl in a toilet at a Perth shopping centre will be tried in October.
Dante Wyndham Arthurs ,22, is charged with the wilful murder, sexual penetration and unlawful detention of Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia- Shu in June last year. Her naked body was found on the floor of a toilet cubicle at Livingston Market Shopping Centre in Canning Vale.

Geelong Advertiser (8-8-2007)

Judge Only For Sofia accused

A man accused of raping and murdering an eight-year-old Perth school girl at a shopping centre will be tried by a judge alone.
WA Chief Justice Wayne Martin made the decision in the West Australian Supreme Court today.
Dante Wyndham Arthurs, 22, is charged with the wilful murder, sexual penetration and unlawful detention of Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu in June last year.
"It is in the interest of justice Mr Arthurs not be tried by a jury,'' Justice Martin said.
Arthurs' lawyer Rod Keeley said media reporting had kept the case at the forefront of public consciousness.
"This is one of those cases where the publicity generated risks a fair trial,'' Mr Keeley said.
"This case has rarely been out of the papers for long.''
A 10-day trial has been set down for October.

AAP (31-7-2007)

Not Guilty, Says Sofia Suspect

A man has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting and murdering an eight-year-old child in the toilet of a Perth shopping centre.
The body of Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Schu was found on the floor of a cubicle at Livingston Market Shopping Centre in the Perth suburb of Canning Vale on June 26.
Dante Wyndham Arthurs, 21, of Canning Vale was later charged with wilful murder , sexual penetration of a child and deprivation of liberty.
Mr Arthurs pleaded not guilty to all charges in the Perth Magistrates Court by video link from Casuarina Prison.
Mr Arthurs has been remanded in custody until December 4.

AAP (13-10-2006)

Sofia Murder Accused Faces Court

The man accused of sexually assaulting and murdering a Perth school girl in a shopping centre toilet will be required to plead to the charges in October.
The body of eight-year-old Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Schu was found on the floor of a toilet cubicle at Livingston Market Shopping Centre in the Perth suburb of Canning Vale on June 26.
Dante Wyndham Arthurs, 21, of Canning Vale was later charged with her wilful murder, sexual penetration of a child, and deprivation on liberty.
He made a brief appearance in the Perth Magistrates Court today via video link from Casuarina Prison.
The matter was adjourned until October 13 for committal.
Magistrate Guiseppe Cicchini told Mr Arthurs he would be required to plead to the charges on that date.
Mr Arthurs was remanded in custody.

AAP (1-8-2006)

City Shaken By Child's 'Senseless' Rape-Murder

Not since the discovery of Ciara Glennon in 1997, the last victim of the yet-to-be-solved Claremont serial killings, have West Australians been hit so hard by the death of one of their own.
The senseless killing of Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu, abducted, stripped of her school uniform, raped and murdered in a disabled toilet in a busy suburban shopping centre, has seemingly ripped out the heart of the western capital.
Talkback radio is in meltdown and letters to the local newspapers are heartbreakingly sad. People are visibly shaken. Women taking children to school are crying at the mention of the little girl's name. Everyone, it seems, knew someone like Sofia.
Yesterday, at the Livingston Marketplace Shopping Centre at Canning Vale - where her body was discovered by her 14-year-old brother, Gabriel, on Monday afternoon - the scene had been transformed into a floral shrine as hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects.
About 530 students from Gabriel's school, Carey Baptist College, consoled each other and whispered words of support as they laid flowers at the entrance to the centre. The mood around the shopping centre was sombre as strangers took a minute to remember an innocent life snuffed out.
Busloads of students arrived at the centre throughout the day, with each group saying a prayer for the little girl and her family, who are active in the Catholic community.
The college's principal, Des Mitchell, said the show of support was aimed at remembering Sofia's life rather than the tragic way in which she died.
He said the flower-laying ceremony had been very emotional for many of the students who volunteered to attend. The emotions of many others were too fragile to deal with the grief and loss that confronted them by attending the scene of her death.
"They did not want to go to a place that had been contravened in such a gross way," Mr Mitchell said. "The intention right from the outset was to find a way forwards."
He said rather than being trapped by feelings of hatred and anger, the public show of support was a way of reclaiming the community.
Mr Mitchell said he had been inundated with messages of support for yesterday's ceremony from as far afield as Beaconsfield in Tasmania. A person in Melbourne offered to send flowers to be laid in Sofia's memory.
Mr Mitchell said Gabriel and his family had wanted to attend the ceremony but felt they were not ready to be publicly confronted with the scene of the murder.
"This part of the journey will be a difficult one. We are representing the heartbeat of the community in this."
Mr Mitchell said the family had been overwhelmed by support. Flowers, teddy bears and cards were left at the centre and near the toilet where Sofia was killed. A funeral mass will be held at Sofia's school chapel on Monday.
Dante Wyndham Arthurs, 21, a part-time shop worker from Canning Vale, has been charged with Sofia's wilful murder, two counts of sexual penetration and deprivation of liberty. He is due to reappear in the Perth Magistrates Court on July 11.

The Australian (1-7-2006)
Alana Buckley-Carr

Fury At Shopping Centre Camera Lapse

Police are furious that shopping centre security cameras that could have identified Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu's killer were not working on the day of her murder.
The Sunday Times can reveal police had hoped the cameras, which overlook the entrance to public toilets in Livingston Marketplace, where Sofia was murdered on Monday, would shed light on the identity of the killer.
But when they asked centre management for the tapes, detectives were told there was no footage.
The Sunday Times understands the cameras were faulty or had not been switched on to record shoppers entering and leaving the toilets.
Livingston Marketplace centre manager Paul Testar yesterday refused to comment on the cameras.
But police said they were extremely disappointed the cameras were not rolling.
It is believed the footage would have allowed detectives to pinpoint suspects who used the toilet at the time of the murder.
The cameras may have also captured the killer dragging Sofia into the toilet for disabled people where her body was found.
"It's pretty poor form," said a police source close to the investigation.
"The cameras are right there, looking down the corridor.
"They were in the perfect position. They would have clearly showed him (the killer) coming and going.
"It's a fairly new shopping centre and you'd expect the cameras to be up and running properly.
"It wouldn't have prevented the murder, but it certainly would have made the investigation a lot easier."
Property Council of Australia executive director Joe Lenzo said shopping centres should consider better security precautions, including paid toilet attendants.
Mr Lenzo said shopping centre managers always wanted their cameras working, but "things do break down from time to time".
"It would be unusual if the cameras weren't working. That's not the norm," he said. "Certainly the shopping centres want to have their cameras working. It's in their best interests."

The Sunday Times (2-07-2006)

Gay Website Lists Murder Scene

The toilets where eight-year-old Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu was killed last week were a hangout for gay men cruising for sex.
On Friday, the Livingston Marketplace shopping centre in Perth's southern outskirts was taken off the Canadian-based website, squirt.org, which is promoted as "the dating site that caters to the sex pig".
The Livingston centre toilets were listed among thousands of other family-friendly areas across Australia, which are ranked for their "cruising quality", regarding how easy it is to have sex without getting caught.
While police have not found any link between Sofia's alleged killer and the website, a police spokesman said the newly formed "cyber predator" team would add the site to those it regularly monitored.
And while some shopping centres named on the site were aware of the seedy postings, all they could do to prevent sex in their restrooms was upgrade security.
Colliers International, manager of the Livingston centre, refused to comment.
The spotlight has been firmly on security in public shopping centre toilets since Sofia's death 10 days ago.
She was killed after separating from her uncle and elder brother to go to the toilet.
Her body was found on the floor of a disabled toilet just minutes after her family began searching for her.
Dante Wyndham Arthurs has been arrested and charged with her murder.
Squirt.org provides tips to gay men on how to determine if someone is ready for sex and the best times for meeting up.
One of Perth's busiest shopping centres, the Myer city store, is, according to the site, best frequented at lunchtime or mid-afternoon, with the "cruisiest" spot being the "toilets on level 2 behind Kidswear".
According to the site, there are two peepholes in the middle cubicle.
"Make some movement and let the guy in the other cubicle know it's on for a show," the site listing says.
One member's posting on the site last month said he "had a hot time in there during the week with a guy".

The Australian (7-7-2006)
Alana Buckley-Carr

Accused Killer 'May Not Get Fair Trial'

The man accused of murdering an eight-year-old Perth schoolgirl might not receive a fair trial because of malicious rumours, prosecutors said today.
Dante Wyndham Arthurs, 21, of Canning Vale, is in custody in Perth charged with wilful murder, sexual penetration of a child and deprivation of liberty.
He was charged following the discovery on Monday of the body of Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu on the floor of a disabled toilet at Livingstone Market shopping centre in Canning Vale.
Police have appealed to the media not to publish information which might prejudice a fair trial.
These concerns were echoed in the WA Supreme Court today, when Mr Arthurs made a brief appearance via video-link from Graylands Hospital in Perth's west.
Prosecutor Ken Bates expressed "deep concerns" that the "malicious emails" may have compromised Mr Arthurs' right to a fair trial.
Mr Bates said fingerprint evidence had demonstrated the allegations contained in the emails were totally baseless.
Mr Arthurs had been "born and bred in WA", Mr Bates said.
Judge John McKechnie remanded Mr Arthurs in custody until July 11, when he will reappear before the Perth Magistrates' Court.
Mr Arthurs made no application for bail.

AAP (29-06-2006)
Adam Gartrell

Community Mourns Murdered Girl

A Perth community has rallied around the shattered family of a "sweet and affectionate" eight-year-old schoolgirl who was found murdered in a shopping centre toilet.
Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu's naked body was found by her 14-year-old brother on Monday, 10 minutes after she went to the toilet at the Livingston Market Place shopping centre in Canning Vale, in Perth's south.
A 21-year-old man from the Canning Vale area has been charged with wilful murder, sexual penetration of a child, and deprivation of liberty.
Sofia's school, Mater Christi Catholic Primary School in Yangebup, today held prayer services for the little girl.
A school spokeswoman said a shrine had been set up for Sofia in the school grounds and counsellors were helping the girl's friends and classmates.
Parish priest Bryan Rosling said Sofia was a well-behaved and well-liked girl, from a respected and admired family, which had been shattered by her senseless death.
"She was just a gorgeous little girl, and she will always be that now," Mr Rosling said.
"(She was) very sweet, very quiet, affectionate and much loved by everyone."
Mr Rosling said he had received many messages of support and offers of help for the family from the local community, and the family was very appreciative.
"I have assured them of our prayers, our support, anything the school can offer them, we are offering them," he said.
"They are very close and they are in torment.
"They are a wonderful Christian family with tremendous ideals."
Mr Rosling said Sofia's murder may change the school.
"I don't know if any good will come out of it, but I hope there will be," he said.
"I hope it is a reminder to everyone that we need to appreciate each other as treasures, as precious, and only on loan.
"There are no answers to a thing like this, so it is a test of faith for all of us."
Mr Rosling said no arrangements had yet been made for Sofia's funeral.

AAP (28-06-2006)
Adam Gartrell

'Sombre' School Mourns Murdered Girl

A Perth school is holding prayer services today for an eight-year-old pupil who was sexually assaulted and killed in a shopping centre toilet.
Sofia Rodrigez-Urrutia-Shu's body was found by her 14-year-old brother on Monday afternoon, 10 minutes after she went to the toilet at the Livingstone Market shopping centre in suburban Canning Vale.
She had been stripped of her school uniform, raped and strangled within minutes of leaving family members.
Sofia's school, the Mater Christi Catholic Primary School in south suburban Yangebup, is holding prayer services for the little girl in all the classrooms.
A school spokeswoman said a shrine for Sofia had been set up in the school grounds.
Counsellors were at the school yesterday and would be there again today to help Sofia's friends and classmates.
The mood at the school was "sombre", the spokeswoman said.
"Everyone is walking around in shock."
Police have said the girl's only mistake was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
In what police have described as an appalling atrocity against a vulnerable innocent girl, Dante Wyndham Arthurs, a 21-year-old part-time shop worker, was last night in custody after being charged with wilful murder, two counts of sexual penetration and deprivation of liberty.
Sofia's family, active members of the Catholic community in Perth's southern outskirts, said they were struggling to comprehend the murder of their youngest daughter.
"We are all devastated by the sudden and senseless loss of Sofia," they said in a statement. "We have received immense support from the police, the parish and from the school community which we greatly appreciate.
"Please keep Sofia and our family in your thoughts and prayers."
Her father was on a business trip in Hong Kong when his daughter's body was discovered. He flew back to Perth yesterday morning.
Police spent yesterday searching Mr Arthurs's brick house and taking away items for forensic examination.
They also set up a post at the Livingston Marketplace shopping centre and were hoping to gather more information from shoppers who were at the scene on Monday afternoon.
They have seized surveillance video taken inside the shopping mall.
Detective Senior Sergeant John Wibberley, of Perth's Major Crime Squad, said the three Rodrigez-Urrutia-Shu children - Sofia, her 14-year-old brother and 11-year-old sister whose names have been withheld - had been taken to the shopping centre after school on Monday by an uncle.
At about 4pm, Sofia went to the toilet while the other three waited inside the shopping centre.
When she had not appeared after 10 minutes or so, they went looking for her and checked the male, female and disabled toilets. Both the male and female toilets were empty, but the door was closed on the disabled toilet and the occupied sign engaged.
When the boy knocked on the door, a man's voice acknowledged there was someone inside. The brother then left and searched the car park.
When he returned five minutes later, he saw the man quickly emerge from the disabled toilet and run past him. The boy looked into the cubicle, saw his sister's body and then chased the man.
Unsure of what to do, he gave up after a few metres, ran back to the toilet and sat with his dead sister until help arrived.
At 4am yesterday, detectives raided a house in Jeremiah Way, not far from the shopping centre, and arrested Mr Arthurs, who was in his bedroom at the time.
He was taken to Canning Vale police station, interviewed and charged yesterday afternoon. He later appeared in Perth Magistrates Court, before magistrate Barbara Lane. He was not required to enter a plea. He was remanded in custody to reappear on July 11.
Mr Arthurs's father, Ron, told The Australian how he and his wife Suzanne were "shattered" when detectives arrested their son.
The brutal killing has stunned Perth and follows the murder of 15-year-old Collie girl Eliza Davis, who was strangled with speaker wire and buried underneath a house in the southwest coal mining town last week. Two of her friends have been charged with her murder.

NEWS.com.au (28-06-2006)
staff writers and wires

Prayers At School For Killed Girl

A Perth school is holding prayer services today for an eight-year-old pupil who was sexually assaulted and killed in a shopping centre toilet.
Sofia Rodrigez-Urrutia-Shu's body was found by her 14-year-old brother on Monday afternoon, 10 minutes after she went to the toilet at the Livingstone Market shopping centre in suburban Canning Vale.
Her school, the Mater Christi Catholic Primary School in south suburban Yangebup, is holding prayer services for the little girl in all the classrooms.
A school spokeswoman said a shrine for Sofia had been set up in the school grounds.
Counsellors were at the school yesterday and would be there again today to help Sofia's friends and classmates.
The mood at the school was “sombre”, the spokeswoman said.
“Everyone is walking around in shock.”
A 21-year-old man from the Canning Vale area has been charged with murder and sexual assault.

AAP (28-06-2006)




Sofia Was 'A Gorgeous Child'

An eight-year-old girl found dead in a Perth shopping centre toilet was quiet, affectionate and popular, her parish priest said today.
Sofia Rodrigez-Urrutia-Shu's body was found by her 14-year-old brother on Monday, 10 minutes after she went to the toilet at the Livingstone Market shopping centre in suburban Canning Vale.
Mater Christi Catholic Primary School parish priest Bryan Rosling said today Sofia was well behaved and well liked.
"She was just a gorgeous little girl, and she will always be that now," Father Rosling said today.
"(She was) very sweet, very quiet, affectionate and much loved by everyone."
Sofia's family were still in shock, he said.
"They are very close and they are in torment.
"They are a wonderful Christian family with tremendous ideals.
"They are just a beautiful family who everyone, I think, could relate with."

AAP (28-06-2006)

Perth Accused Not Bulger Killer: Police

Police in Perth have been forced to deny that a man accused of murdering an eight-year-old schoolgirl is one of the killers of British boy James Bulger.
Dante Wyndham Arthurs, 21, of Canning Vale, was remanded in custody after appearing in Perth Magistrates Court charged with wilful murder, sexual penetration of a child and deprivation of liberty.
He was charged following the discovery on Monday of the body of Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu on the floor of a disabled toilet at Livingstone Market shopping centre in Canning Vale.
Since his arrest rumours have circulated, including that Arthurs was one of two 10-year-old boys convicted of abducting three-year-old James Bulger from a Liverpool shopping centre in 1993 and killing him near a canal.
West Australian police have been forced to issue a statement saying they were aware of the rumours but had failed to substantiate them.
"The rumours are speculative and without ground," WA Police Deputy Commissioner Chris Dawson said in a statement.
Mr Dawson said the overriding public interest was for the case against Arthurs to proceed unhindered, and he appealed to the media not to publish information which may prejudice a fair trial.
There was a public outcry in Britain in 2001 when the two killers of James Bulger, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, were released from prison and given new identities.
Details of their new names and locations have not been released, but the new rumours are believed to be based on speculation that one of the pair began a new life in Australia.
Meanwhile, Perth has rallied around the shattered family of Sofia.
Sofia's school, the Mater Christi Catholic Primary School in Yangebup, held prayer services for the little girl.
A school spokeswoman said a shrine had been set up for Sofia in the school grounds and counsellors were helping the girl's friends and classmates.
Parish priest Bryan Rosling said Sofia was a well behaved and well liked girl, from a respected and admired family, which had been shattered by her senseless death.
"She was just a gorgeous little girl, and she will always be that now," Fr Rosling told reporters.
"(She was) very sweet, very quiet, affectionate and much loved by everyone."
Fr Rosling said he had received many messages of support and offers of help for the family from the local community, and the family was very appreciative.
"I have assured them of our prayers, our support, anything the school can offer them, we are offering them," he said.
"They are very close and they are in torment.
"They are a wonderful Christian family with tremendousideals."
Fr Rosling said Sofia's murder was likely to change the fabric of the school.
"I don't know if any good will come out of it, but I hope there will be," he said.
"I hope it is a reminder to everyone that we need to appreciate each other as treasures, as precious, and only on loan.
"There are no answers to a thing like this, so it is a test of faith for all of us."
Fr Rosling said no arrangements had yet been made for Sofia's funeral.
Clive Hunton, of the British High Commission press office in Canberra, said on Wednesday night: "There is no connection between the man arrested in Western Australia and the individuals involved in the James Bulger case."

AAP (28-6-2006)

Killed By A Sexual Predator As Her Desperate Family Searched Only Metres Away

An eight-year-old girl murdered in a Perth shopping centre may have been under attack as her uncle and brother knocked on the door of the disabled toilet where she died.
Dante Wyndham Arthurs, 21, was charged yesterday over the death of Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu, who police believe was snatched at random before allegedly being sexually assaulted and killed at the Livingstone Market shopping centre in suburban Canning Vale.
The schoolgirl, from the neighbouring suburb of Banjup, left her uncle, 14-year-old brother and 11-year-old sister to go to a toilet in the shopping centre about 4pm on Monday, police said.
When Sofia failed to emerge within a few minutes, her uncle and brother searched the female and male toilets but could not find her.
They got no response when they knocked on the locked door of the disabled toilet, where police say the girl probably was being attacked at the time.
After searching the car park, her brother returned to the toilets and found Sofia's naked body on the toilet floor, as a man fled.
The boy briefly gave chase before returning to his sister's body, police said. Her clothes were found piled nearby. "We are all devastated by the sudden and senseless loss of Sofia," her family said in a statement issued through police.
"Please keep Sofia and our family in your thoughts and prayers."
Police who went to a house in Canning Vale yesterday later charged Arthurs with wilful murder, deprivation of liberty and two counts of sexual penetration.
Arthurs appeared briefly in Perth Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody to reappear on July 11.
Detective Senior Sergeant John Wibberley said it was not clear if Sofia had wandered into the disabled toilet or had been snatched from the female toilets.
A post-mortem examination is expected to confirm the cause of death today.
Sgt Wibberley said the girl's father had flown back from a business trip in Hong Kong to be with his family.
"The family is absolutely distraught, as you can imagine," Sgt Wibberley said.
"It is probably the worst nightmare for any family with a young child. It's a horrific offence against an innocent young child who . . . has made the fatal mistake of being in the wrong place at the wrong time."
In their statement, Sofia's family said they had received "immense support" from the police, the parish and from the school community.
"We . . . ask that you respect our privacy and allow us to deal with our grief," the family said.
Police officers spent most of yesterday interviewing witnesses and shopping centre employees.

AAP (28-6-2006)
Adam Gartrell

Perth Schoolgirl Murder 'Not Connected To Bulger'

Federal Justice Minister Chris Ellison has quashed rumours that the man accused of murdering an eight-year-old Perth schoolgirl is linked to the 1993 killing of British boy James Bulger.
Senator Ellison says he is aware of allegations that the 21-year-old accused of this week's murder was one of two 10-year-olds who killed the toddler after luring him from a Liverpool shopping centre.
The two youths were released from jail in 2001, but Senator Ellison says they are not living in Australia.
He says the rumours linking the two cases are irresponsible.
"I can categorically say that the person who has been arrested is not one of the two who have been convicted for the murder of James Bulger," he said.
"And indeed the email that has been circulating is scurrilous and false.
"We have not allowed into Australia either of those two offenders."
Police are winding up their investigation at the Perth shopping centre where eight-year-old Sofia Rodrigez Urrutia Shu was murdered.
Forensic police have been gathering evidence from the Livingstone Market Place Shopping Centre in south Perth all day.
Major Crime Squad spokesman Detective Senior Sergeant John Wibberley said all areas of the police service had done a lot of work.
"Forensic fellows, uniform fellows and detectives," he said.
"It's been a good job by everybody."
A 21-year-old man appeared in court yesterday charged with murdering the girl on Monday afternoon.

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The accused, Dante Wyndham Arthurs, 21, from the Perth suburb of Canning Vale, has an identity that is shrouded in doubt.
Rumours are circulating that he is one of the killers of British toddler, James Bulger.

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