A man who bundled the body of his stepdaughter into a suitcase before setting her on fire and burying her charred corpse has been released on parole.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal Robert Smith, 43, walked out of Junee Correction Centre in the central west of NSW just after midnight on Friday morning after serving his minimum 12-year sentence for manslaughter and being an accessory to the murder of six-year-old Kiesha Abrahams in 2010.
He was jailed alongside Kiesha’s mother, Kristi Abrahams, who was convicted of murder and jailed for at least 16 years.
Kiesha died in her bed at their home in Hebersham, western Sydney, after being knocked unconscious by her mother when she refused to put her pyjamas on.
The couple did not seek medical help after Kiesha was beaten and instead put her in the shower and then to bed, where she died.
Robert Smith, 43, (pictured) has been released from jail after serving a minimum 12-years’ jail for the manslaughter of six-year-old Kiesha Abrahams in 2010
Kiesha (pictured) died in bed at their Mt Druitt home in Sydney’s west, after being knocked unconscious by her mother before being put to bed
Despite the brutal crime, Smith is now out of jail, much to the dismay of Alison Anderson, who has led the calls to keep Smith behind bars.
In a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Thursday, Ms Anderson, once a devoted supporter of Kristi Abrahams turned one of the most vocal in the fight for justice, vowed to ‘keep on fighting’ for Kiesha.
‘How can the parole people sleep at night knowing they have let him out?’ she asked.
‘I just keep on fighting until we get it (justice) for our gorgeous beautiful angel girl and all the other little angels that have been taken so soon.’
His release comes after the State Parole Authority (SPA) formed an ‘intention to grant parole’.
At his parole hearing in March, the court heard the victim’s family had not objected to Smith’s release but asked for him to be prohibited from entering Blacktown or Penrith in western Sydney.
The court heard Smith was a model inmate in prison who participated in multiple programs and employment, with Judge Bellew granting him parole.
A document from the SPA stated that throughout his time behind bars Smith ‘behaved in a generally positive manner, to the point where having entered custody with a maximum-security classification, he progressed to a minimum classification in April 2022’.
In a statement to Daily Mail Australia on Thursday, Alison Anderson (pictured) vowed to ‘keep on fighting’
The chairperson of the Serious Offenders Review Council, which provides advice on which offenders should be considered for parole, recommended Smith’s release, a recommendation the SPA adopted.
The council stated he had completed several appropriate therapeutic programs and had no serious mental health issues of concern.
It also said he only had two institutional infringements in 12 years in custody and the most recent was almost five years ago.
A parole determination stated Smith originally lacked insight into the impact of his crime but had ‘responded positively to interventions’ and had since expressed remorse and accepted the gravity of his offending.
Judge Bellew said Smith had been assessed as being a medium risk of re-offending and therefore a plan was made to mitigate the risk of his transition into the community.
The couple did not seek medical help after Kiesha was beaten and instead put her in the shower and then to bed, where she died. Smith then bundled the body of his stepdaughter into a suitcase before setting her on fire
Smith was granted parole by Judge Bellew noting he had been a model inmate and had expressed remorse for what he did and accepted the gravity of his offending (pictured: Kiesha Abrahams, middle, with mother Kristi, left, and Robert Smith, right)
A spokesperson for the SPA told Daily Mail Australia Smith’s plan had been formulated to mitigate any possible risk to the community.
‘Post release plans are formulated for each individual offender by Community Corrections which is also responsible for supervising and managing parolees in the community. Community Corrections is a division of Corrective Services NSW,’ they said.
Upon release Smith will receive ongoing supervision, have ‘appropriate specialist medical referrals’, engage in remedial programs and reside a ‘considerable distance’ from where the offending occurred and the location of the victim.
‘All of these factors support a conclusion that the offender’s post-release plans are appropriate, particularly as they incorporate several interventions in which he is willing to engage,’ Smith’s parole determination states.
‘The Authority is satisfied that it is in the interests of the safety of the community that the offender be released.
‘The Authority considers that the risk to the safety of members of the community posed by the offender’s release can be properly addressed by the supervision plan which is proposed.’
Kristi Abrahams initially said she had put Kiesha to bed in their Hebersham home at about 9.30pm but had disappeared by the following morning (pictured: Kristi Abrahams in handcuffs)
It also noted there was no indication he posed a threat to anyone’s safety or acted in an antisocial way when carrying out work within a community setting during his time in custody.
‘Given that the offender has now spent 12 years in custody, the Authority considers that his supervised release over the next four years is more conducive to maintaining community safety than release with a shorter period of parole, or release at the expiration of his sentence,’ the SPA document states.
Upon release Smith will adhere to stringent conditions.
She then called police to tell them her daughter was missing, sparking an extensive search in Sydney’s western suburbs
They include a Community Corrections officer having the legal right to visit Smith at any time and Smith being unable to leave NSW without permission from a Community Corrections manager or to leave Australia without permission.
He also must not contact, communicate with, watch, stalk, harass or intimidate the victim’s family or visit the Blacktown or Penrith local government areas.
Smith is expected to be placed on the NSW Child Protection Register.
Kiesha’s case became well-known after she was reported missing by Abrahams and Smith in August, 2010.
Abrahams initially said she had put Kiesha to bed in their Hebersham home at about 9.30pm but had disappeared by the following morning.
She then called police to tell them her daughter was missing, sparking an extensive search in Sydney’s western suburbs that caught nationwide attention.
Abrahams and Smith made emotional pleas at the time and gained an outpouring of support from Australians after appearing on TV several times.
Abrahams and Smith made emotional pleas at the time and gained an outpouring of support from Australians after appearing on TV several times (pictured: Abrahams emotional plea)
Abrahams was jailed for 22 years and Smith was jailed for a minimum of 12 years and a maximum of 16 years
But it didn’t take long for police to suspect them, and Abrahams eventually made a tearful confession to an undercover cop.
Abrahams claimed she just gave her daughter ‘a little nudge’ and she fell over and hit her head on the floor, but forensic evidence disproved this and pointed to forceful blows to the head.
Smith hid Kiesha’s body in a suitcase inside a wardrobe for five days before taking it to bushland at Shalvey, not far from their home.
He then doused her body in petrol and set it alight before burying the charred remains.
Eight months after Kiesha was reported missing, police arrested Abrahams and Smith on April 11, 2011 when they went to where she was buried on what would have been Kiesha’s seventh birthday.
Abrahams was subsequently charged with murder.
Though Kiesha’s body was burned after her death, a post-mortem found 10 separate injuries to her head, jaw, and body, including teeth fractures (pictured: Kiesha Abrahams)
Though Kiesha’s body was burned after her death, a post-mortem found 10 separate injuries to her head, jaw, and body, including teeth fractures.
The little girl was relentlessly abused by her mother, who was unable to care for her due to abuse she suffered as a child.
Abrahams also hated how Kiesha resembled her ex-partner Christopher Weippeart, the girl’s biological father.
When a case worker spoke to Kiesha in 2007, when she was three, she pointed to a burn mark and said ‘mum did that’ and ‘mum hit there’.