“Suffered for months”: Kiesha Weippeart. Photo: SuppliedRelatives and loved ones of a Sydney girl murdered by her own mother have broken down in court as a pathologist described the series of severe injuries she suffered in the weeks before her death, suggesting that she was subjected to sustained abuse.

“I didn’t even know her and I loved her more than you!” one woman in the gallery said loudly as Kiesha Weippeart’s mother, Kristi Anne Abrahams, was taken away at the end of the Supreme Court sentencing hearing.

Minutes before, forensic pathologist Dr Matthew Orde told the court that his examination of six-year-old Kiesha’s remains – found in a grave in  Shalvey in April 2011 – revealed a series of 10 separate “bony injuries” to her face, jaw, head and body that were inflicted in the weeks and months before her death.

He said protrusions where the coating of Kiesha’s bones had re-healed after being damaged suggested that “blows’’ of “significant force” had been inflicted.

The differing locations of the injuries, including at the base of the little girl’s nose, the middle of her face, the side of her head and her collarbone suggested they were inflicted on separate occasions.

“These types of injuries are mainly found in children who have suffered severe physical abuse,” Dr Orde said.

“Injuries like these may not be found on X-rays because they don’t tend to show sharp indents in the bones.

“Most children who have been abused are not examined in the same way as this child.”

Some of Kiesha’s relatives, and many from the group of her supporters, cried openly in court as Dr Orde gave his evidence.

Abrahams sat, her face turned away from the pathologist and the public gallery, appearing to show little emotion.

Speaking outside court, Kiesha’s former neighbour, Alison Anderson, said the she could not understand how a mother could commit such “horrific violence on her own child”.

“What I can’t understand is why she didn’t just let someone else look after her – someone who would have loved her like she deserved to be loved.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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