A man who has pleaded guilty to the "atrocious" and "extremely wicked" murders of a young mother and her 2-year-old daughter, also kept a notebook of his child rape victims where he wrote whether the victims had been "forced" or offered what he described as "consent" in the attacks.
The gruesome details, which were revealed after a suppression order on evidence was lifted Friday by the New South Wales Supreme Court in Australia in conjunction with the man's sentencing hearing, were just the latest details to emerge in the case against Daniel James Holdom, according to news.com.au.
Holdom pleaded guilty in July to killing girlfriend Karlie Pearce-Stevenson, 20, in December of 2008 before killing her daughter Khandalyce four days later. The blonde toddler's body wasn't found until 2015. Her remains were stuffed in a suitcase, with pieces of dishcloth shoved in her mouth, tape wound from her chin to her eyes, and a diaper wrapped around her head, the news organization reports.
Pearce-Stevenson's body had been found in a forest five years earlier in 2010 more than 7,000 miles away, but her identity wasn't determined until her daughter's body was found and investigators were able to link the two, according to The Guardian.
Investigators believe Pearce-Stevenson had either been forcefully stomped or kneed in the chest. Holdom allegedly took pictures of her body in the forest as a trophy.
“Both murders fall within the worst case and can aptly be described as atrocious, detestable, hateful, gravely reprehensible and extremely wicked,” prosecutor Mark Tedeschi said in the sentencing hearing according to news.com.au.
After the murder of Pearce-Stevenson, Tedeschi said her young daughter was "probably" suffocated in a hotel room before her body was discarded.
After the deaths, it's alleged that Holdom stole more than $70,000 from the victim's accounts and used a cell phone to trick her family into thinking she was alive, news.com.au reports.
Tedeschi has asked the judge for two life sentences in the killings.
The victims' family, however, have said even the death penalty wouldn't be enough.
"I wake from nightmares with the fear that you will get away with what you've done," Karlie's birth father, Bruce Pearce, said in a statement read by her aunt, Kellie Lilly during the sentencing hearing, according to the Daily Mail.
Her stepfather, Scott Povey, also addressed the admitted killer and said Pearce-Stevenson's mother Colleen Povey, who died in 2012 after a cancer battle, was haunted by the disappearance up until her final moments.
Just before she died, she had reportedly asked her husband whether her daughter and granddaughter had come.
"I was holding her hand when she died and I knew that Karlie was not coming," he told the court, according to the Daily Mail.
Holdom's attorney, Greg Woods, said his client had a traumatic upbringing that played a role in his later crimes.
“Though he has done dreadful things, to which he has pleaded guilty, dreadful things were done to him,” he said according to a news.com.au story posted by the New York Post.
Holdom's sentence is expected to be announced Nov. 9.
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