Man who murdered Tanilla, 2, ‘deserved what he got’
THE stepmother of murdered toddler Tanilla Warrick-Deaves is in disbelief over an appeal by her convicted killer Warren Ross, saying he deserves a heavier sentence than the 40 years jail he was given.
Ballina mother of five Brooke Bowen had planned to travel to Sydney for the appeal hearing next week, but decided it was too distressing to relive the ordeal Ross put her stepdaughter through.
Ross repeatedly bashed and tortured the two-year-old as 'toilet training' punishment, ultimately leading to her 2011 death on the Central Coast.
He will appeal his sentence in a three-hour hearing on Tuesday via video-link in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeals.
But Ms Bowen, whose last five years have been beset by multiple family tragedies, said Ross didn't deserve the privilege.
"It's too distressing to even think that someone whose been charged with child murder… can be allowed the chance to have an appeal," she said.
"He's been proven to be guilty, he's been sentenced, and that is the way it should be.
"He should have got life.
"He should never get to walk among society, he should never get to feel the touch of someone who he loves, or a chance to have any more children.
"That little girl didn't deserve to be treated like that.
"If we had the death penalty in Australia, I would have been pushing for it, because [Tanilla] got the death penalty. And she didn't even deserve what she got."
"She was two-and-a-half, she was defenceless."
Ms Bowen also feels anger against the sentence given to Tanilla's mother Donna Deaves, who will be eligible for parole in 2020 after pleading guilty to manslaughter and testifying against Ross.
"She allowed it to happen, she assisted in him undressing her to be flogged in the shower, (and) hid the fact of what really happened."
Tanilla's father Adrian Warrick, with whom Ms Bowen shares three children, has been psychologically scarred by Tanilla's death and is now homeless.
Their relationship has sadly ended as a result.
"That man will never be the same again," she said.
"Not only have we lost Tanilla, but her siblings have lost their father."
A Supreme Court spokeswoman said CCA judges would hand down their decision on Ross' appeal at a date to be allocated at the end of the Tuesday hearing.
Ms Bowen said she would travel to Sydney for the decision, and that day couldn't come soon enough.
But she added: "Him being locked up is not justice, because it won't bring Tanilla back."