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On Friday, a statement from Bruce Pearce was read to the NSW Supreme Court. Addressing the man convicted of killing his daughter, 20-year-old Karlie Pearce-Stevenson, and his two-year-old granddaughter, Khandalyce, he posed just one question: “Why?”
Bruce’s dreams of teaching the toddler how to fish and catch crabs, just as he had done with her mum, had been ripped away by this man, this murderer, Daniel Holdom.
“The hate that I feel is consuming, I have never hated anyone the way that I hate you,” the grieving grandfather’s statement read. “I would like to see the death penalty for you, but even that would not be enough.”
Holdom, 43, pleaded guilty in July – one week ahead of his trial – to the December 2008 murder of Karlie, whom he had been dating for two months, and her young daughter; crimes described during Friday’s sentencing hearing, as “callous, depraved and grossly heinous”.
The extent of his depravity was revealed via never-before-seen court documents, which, according to The Daily Telegraph, detailed the contents of a notebook belonging to Holdom that featured the names of children alongside words like “consent” and “forced”.