Police don't expect trouble today at
Emotions will be charged but police do not expect trouble at
this morning's country funeral of a toddler whose body was found
stuffed in suitcase in a suburban Sydney duck pond.
Police at Brewarrina, in northern NSW, and a number of
Aboriginal and community liaison officers will be present when
family and friends gather to farewell two-year-old Dean
Shillingsworth in the community hall.
'Obviously, emotions will be running high but we aren't
expecting any trouble,' Darling River Local Area commander
Michael Robinson said in a statement.
Dean's father, Paul Shillingsworth and his uncles will lead the
home-town funeral service, starting at 11am.
The brothers plan to say prayers, play didgeridoo and sing songs
to farewell the two-year-old.
A large turn-out of Dean's extended family, many of whom hail
from the Brewarrina area, is expected.
A fortnight ago, children playing near the pond in Ambarvale
found Dean's body inside a tartan suitcase.
Dean's mother Rachel Pfitzner, of nearby Rosemeadow, was later
charged with his murder and remains in custody.
The little boy's fate touched the hearts of the local community,
with more than 2,000 attending a memorial service for Dean on
the banks of the Ambarvale pond last Friday.
There also are plans to erect a permanent memorial to him.