The artwork of a 10-year-old girl allegedly murdered by her 14-year-old cousin has been immortalised in a touching tattoo on her father’s arm.
The young girl was staying with her family on a farm in Gunnedah, in northwest New South Wales, on July 8 when she was allegedly killed.
Last week, the father shared a touching tribute to his daughter, telling friends the tattoo was a tracing of a drawing his little girl had done, but “represents so much more.”
“A reminder of transience, cherry blossom tattoos are a wonderful floral symbol that imbues love, beauty and the passing of time,” he wrote.
“ …Cherry blossom tattoos are a metaphor for the transience of life because they do not live for very long.
“Japanese cherry blossoms also mean strong luck and good fortune. They are considered to be omens of good things to come. The blossoms serve as emblems for affection and love.”
The details of the case and the manner in which the young girl died are unable to be published.
The girl was found on the morning of Wednesday, July 8 after she had gone to stay with relatives on the farm for the school holidays.
The alleged murder has rattled the small country town of 10,000 people. Police spent days combing nearby paddocks as they pieced together their investigation.
The teenager has been refused bail and will next children’s front court on Wednesday.