Murder of Sian Kingi

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Sian Kingi
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Sian Kingi
Born (1974-12-16)16 December 1974
New Zealand
Died 27 November 1987(1987-11-27) (aged 12)
Tinbeerwah, Queensland, Australia
Occupation Student
Known for Murder victim of Barrie Watts and Valmae Beck

Sian Kingi (16 December 1974 – 27 November 1987) was a 12-year-old New Zealand girl of Māori descent[1][2] who was abducted, raped and killed in Noosa, Queensland, in 1987. Barrie Watts and Valmae Beck, a married couple, were convicted in 1988 of the much-publicised crime and were each sentenced to life imprisonment.[3]

The crime[edit]

Kingi was riding her bicycle near Pinnaroo Park when Beck lured her into some nearby bushes, saying she was looking for her poodle and requested the girl's help.[4] Watts then grabbed Kingi from behind and forced her into a car where she was bound and then driven 12 km to Tinbeerwah forest. Kingi was raped by Watts before being stabbed and strangled. Her body was dumped in a nearby creek bed and located six days later.[4]

Subsequent developments[edit]

Watts[edit]

Barrie Watts
Born Barrie John Watts
1954 (age 59–60)
Criminal penalty
2 x Life imprisonment + 92 years
Criminal status
Incarcerated
Spouse(s) Valmae Beck
Conviction(s) Rape, Murder

Watts was tried in 1995 for the murder of Helen Mary Feeney[5] who was last seen alive one month before the murder of Kingi. He was convicted and sentenced to 14 years jail for manslaughter, and in 2007 confessed to his involvement in the murder of Sian Kingi.

Beck[edit]

Valmae Beck
Born Valmae Faye Beck
1944
Died 27 May 2008 (aged 63–64)
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Other names Fay Cramb
Criminal penalty
Life imprisonment (non-parole period 14½ years)
Spouse(s) Barrie Watts
Children 6
Conviction(s) Rape, Murder

Beck had six children from a previous relationship before marrying Watts.[4] In 2007 it was reported that Beck had legally changed her name to Fay Cramb.[5] She divorced Watts in 1990 saying she regretted everything she had ever done with him.[5] Beck unsuccessfully applied for parole three times, and had her non-parole period extended by 18 months for assisting in the disposal of the body of Helen Feeney, mentioned above.

In May 2008 Beck was placed in an induced coma following heart surgery.[6] Police hoped to obtain a death-bed confession from her regarding three other unsolved Brisbane-area murders of young women,[3] but she died at 6:15 pm on 27 May 2008 without regaining consciousness.[7]

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