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Suitcase killer Daniel Holdom’s makes bid to change his guilty plea over the murder of a toddler

BREAKING NEWS: Suitcase killed Daniel Holdom given TWO life sentences for the murders of Karlie Pearce-Stevenson, 20, and her two-year-old daughter

  • Daniel James Holdom given two life sentences for murder of mum and her child
  • Judge rejected the 44-year-old’s last-minute bid to withdraw one guilty plea
  • Pleaded guilty in July to murder of girlfriend and her two-year-old daughter
  • Remains of Karlie Pearce-Stevenson, 20, Khandalyce Pearce found years apart
  • Holdom was sentenced in the New South Wales Supreme Court on Friday
  • Barrister said he was told to withdraw Holdom’s guilty plea over child’s murder
  • The 44-year-old admitted he killed the two-year-old’s mother, but not the child
  • The judge briefly adjourned proceedings before refusing Holdom’s application 

Suitcase killer Daniel James Holdom has been handed two life sentences for the murder of a mother and her toddler 

Suitcase killer Daniel James Holdom has been handed two life sentences for the murder of a mother and her toddler after making a last-minute bid to change his guilty plea over the death of the child. 

Holdom pleaded guilty in July to the December 2008 murder of his girlfriend of two months, Karlie Pearce-Stevenson, 20, and Khandalyce Pearce, aged two-and-a-half, about four days later.

Ms Pearce-Stevenson’s remains were found in the Belanglo State Forest in 2010, but were not identified until her daughter’s remains were discovered in 2015 in a suitcase dumped beside a South Australian highway.

In the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Robert Allan Hulme imposed life sentences for both murders.

At the start of the hearing Holdom’s barrister, Thomas Woods, said he had received instructions ‘a matter of minutes’ earlier that ‘he wishes to withdraw his plea of guilty to count two’ – being the child’s murder. 

Karlie Pearce-Stevenson

Khandalyce Pearce

Holdom pleaded guilty in July to the December 2008 murder of his girlfriend of two months, Karlie Pearce-Stevenson (left) and Khandalyce Pearce (right) about four days later

‘I would ask that Your Honour not proceed to deliver sentence remarks today and set a date, if possible, for a hearing application,’ Mr Woods told Justice Robert Allan Hulme.

Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC opposed the application.

‘The Crown submits that your honour should proceed to sentence him on both charges and there is nothing to stop him making an application in the Court of Criminal Appeal,’ he said.

The judge briefly adjourned proceedings before refusing Holdom’s application.

Holdom's barrister said he had received instructions 'a matter of minutes' earlier that 'he wishes to withdraw his plea of guilty to count two' - being the child's murder

Holdom’s barrister said he had received instructions ‘a matter of minutes’ earlier that ‘he wishes to withdraw his plea of guilty to count two’ – being the child’s murder

Khandalyce's remains were discovered in 2015 in a suitcase dumped beside a South Australian highway

Khandalyce’s remains were discovered in 2015 in a suitcase dumped beside a South Australian highway

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