Sofia's "evil" killer jailed for life

A life sentence has been handed down to the killer of 8-year-old Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia-Shu who was found strangled and sexually abused in a Perth shopping centre public toilet.

Dante Wyndham Arthurs, 23, must serve at least 13 years before being considered for parole, but it is unlikely he will ever be released, AAP reported.

Outside the court, Fr Bryan Rosling read a statement from Sofia's parents Gabriel and Josephine.

"We cannot bring Sofia back but we believe it is possible to save other Sofias in the future," they said.

"Why wait for another child to be the victim of a homicidal paedophile before making available a public register for sex offenders?"

Arthurs pleaded guilty in the WA Supreme Court to dragging little Sofia into a disabled toilet cubicle on June 26, 2006 where he strangled, stripped and digitally penetrated her before propping her naked body against the cubicle wall and fleeing.

Justice John McKechnie told a trembling Arthurs yesterday there were some crimes "so evil" they shocked the public conscience and the crime against Sofia was one of them.

He also sentenced Arthurs to two years, to be served concurrently, for depriving Sofia of her liberty.

"I find you have a dangerous sexual motivation towards young girls that manifests itself in violent situations with young girls," Justice McKechnie said.

Mr Richardson told the court Arthurs had no clear recollection of what happened in the toilet where he killed Sofia.

Arthurs told his lawyer and medical experts he recalled seeing his hands around a throat and panicked when he noticed she had stopped breathing.

Sofia's killer jailed for life over toilet murder (News.com 08/11/07)

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8 Nov 2007