William Tyrrell’s foster mother has claimed she was under police surveillance over the disappearance of the missing toddler after police botched an investigation into his alleged death.
In a secretly recorded conversation on October 20, 2021, the foster mother says, “They’re trying to get my attention to something.” They’re doing it because they screwed up.
William was three years old when he disappeared from his foster grandmother’s home in Kendall on the north mid-coast of New South Wales on September 12, 2014.
Lawyers for William Tyrrell’s foster mother, identified by the court as an SD, also accused police of using two child molestation acts she committed to pressure them into revealing the location of the missing toddler’s body.
Under cross-examination by the foster mother’s attorney, John Stratton, SC, Wednesday in Parramatta Magistrates’ Court, Detective Senior Constable Sean Ogilvy said it was his concern for the 11-year-old girl that motivated him.
When Mr Stratton accused Detective Ogilvy of “assaulting” the foster mother, he countered that assaults only came to light during surveillance of the foster parents in connection with William’s disappearance.
When asked by Mr Stratton if it was “part of a campaign to publicize the investigation into the location of William’s body,” the detective replied, “Absolutely not… I had concerns about the treatment[of the young girl]. “
Detective Ogilvy agreed with Mr Stratton when he asked: “Are you aware that (SD) has kept saying she has no idea where William Tyrrell’s body is?”
Detective Senior Constable Ogilvy was questioned during the five-day trial of SD and JS – the foster father – over allegations that they assaulted, stalked and intimidated the 11-year-old girl.
The foster mother has pleaded guilty to two counts of assault but insists she was not guilty of stalking the girl. The foster father pleaded not guilty to one charge each of aggravated assault and harassment and intimidation.
During the trial, disturbing footage was played of altercations between the foster parents and the young girl, and of William’s missing.
The foster parents discussed the case of missing William Tyrrell on secret recordings
Under cross-examination by the foster mother’s attorney, OIC detective Seniro Constable Sean Ogilvy (above) denied trying to ambush her about William’s disappearance and instead had concerns about the welfare of an 11-year-old girl
William Tyrrell disappeared from Kendall, SD’s mother’s home on the north mid-coast of New South Wales, in September 2014 and no trace of him has ever been found.
The foster mother, who denies any connection to William’s disappearance, has been described as a person of interest in the case. Charges have never been brought against anyone in connection with William’s disappearance.
In footage played on Wednesday, SD complained about police pressure on her over the disappearance of the missing toddler and said she had tried to be tricked into revealing anything.
She also made disparaging remarks about William Tyrrell’s birth parents, citing their drug use and her husband, saying he once acted “like a 16-year-old” at home
Foster mother blames her behavior towards an 11-year-old girl for being in the spotlight in talks and secret notes, saying they are “trying to bring me down with the case”.
“You have to discredit Jubelin because Jubelin spoke up and said we were fine,” the foster mother SD said, referring to former William Tyrrell task force commander Gary Jubelin, who was no longer involved with the case at the time was involved.
The foster mother said police botched an investigation into a suspect in her missing young son’s case, putting her under surveillance
“They acquitted a man in a phone call after William went missing,” she said in a tape recording October 20, 2021.
The foster mother spoke at a time when she had already appeared before the NSW Crime Commission to be questioned at a secret hearing about what she and the foster father knew about William’s disappearance.
The conversation came just weeks before she was publicly named by then-NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fullerton as a person interested in her foster son’s disappearance.
kicked an 11-year-old girl and hit her with a wooden spoon while clashes broke out between the girl at two different homes on Sydney’s exclusive North Shore.
The 58-year-old foster mother, who has pleaded guilty to two counts of molesting the 11-year-old, is said to have slapped her girl during one of several disciplinary sessions after the child called her a ‘fucking bitch’.
Police allege that the foster mother, referred to by the court as “SD,” threatened the girl, while Williams’ 56-year-old foster father, referred to by the court as “JS,” threatened the girl grabbed the girl by the neck and physically forced her to sit back down, in the kitchen of a suburban home.
Details have emerged of what William Tyrrell’s foster mother (above after pleading guilty on Monday) actually did to an 11-year-old girl
A judge said police evidence that the student feared threats of “physical violence, humiliation and intimidation” may well be valid
The child reportedly “begged” SD to stop, while the two accused allegedly subjected her to a 15-minute “tirade of verbal abuse.”
When the girl threatened to poop on the kitchen floor, the foster mother reportedly warned the girl that if she did, she would rub it on her face.
Police claim that SD forced the child to sit on the floor for a long time as she cried out in pain.
The foster mother then kicked the girl when she tried to get up, police said.
In a series of incidents between January and August 2021, police allege that the foster parents stalked and intimidated the girl.
She later told a teacher that she was afraid to return indoors, according to police.
Prosecutors said the child who used a phone without permission ended up calling the foster mother a “fucking bitch.”
The girl is due to testify on pre-recorded evidence during a week-long trial at Parramatta Magistrates’ Court in western Sydney.
The court heard about heated verbal arguments between the child and allegedly about a recording showing the then elementary school student being beaten.
Defense Attorney John Stratton, SC, argued that the repeated incidents, including the foster mother’s threatening warning that the child would be “slapped in the face” if she continued to misbehave, were merely “lawful punishment and not a criminal act.”
He said if a parent’s threat to slap a child was considered criminal, “it would criminalize every household in Australia”.
William Tyrrell’s parents are on trial for allegedly stalking and intimidating an 11-year-old girl in two North Shore homes for eight months in 2021
But Police Prosecutor Detective Sergeant John Marsh said the “smack, smack, smack” was plain to see in the recording and that the numerous incidents and alleged threats were “certainly not what happened in every household in Australia”.
“The cumulative effect of all of these incidents shows that (the foster mother) knew her behavior was likely to induce anxiety, but went ahead anyway.”
The hearing was attended by a large group of detectives from Strike Force Rosann investigating the disappearance of William Tyrrell, including task force commander Detective Chief Inspector David Laidlaw.
The court was told that the foster mother “attempted to interfere with the (alleged) victim’s problematic behavior.”
SD and her husband JS were charged with communal assault on the girl in late 2021, when police launched a new search in bushland near the town of Kendall on New South Wales’ mid-north coast for the remains of William Tyrrell.
The girl is expected to testify from a safe location outside a closed courtroom in Parramatta on Thursday morning.
They have also pleaded guilty to using a bogus bidder to inflate 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 in September 2014 at the age of three in the town of Kendall on the north mid-coast of New South Wales, and no trace of the toddler was ever found