Police don't expect trouble today at toddler's funeral 

November 1, 2007


The Age 

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.