16 January 2019

What happened to two-year-old Safa Annour?

| Lachlan Roberts
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Did you see Safa Annour on 30 April 2018? Photo: Supplied by ACT Policing.

It’s been nearly nine months since two-year-old Safa Annour was brought into Canberra Hospital with blunt force trauma injuries and internal bleeding. Despite attempts to resuscitate her, the toddler died a short time later.

Tragically, a post-mortem examination found that the little girl’s injuries were caused by another person, sparking an ACT Policing murder investigation.

But the events leading up to her death remain a mystery as police continue to ask people to come forward in an attempt to shine a light on the events of 30 April 2018. Among the many questions that are still unanswered: Where are Safa’s parents? Have police identified the woman who was seen with Safa the day before she died? With whom was Safa travelling on a bus before she died?

Police told Region Media they have worked vigorously to investigate numerous lines of enquiry. They say they have identified two people responsible for Safa’s care during the time she’s suspected to have suffered her fatal injuries. But police will not say what relationship those people had with Safa.

So what happened to Safa on 30 April 2018? Who brought her into Canberra Hospital at 1:50 pm on that fateful Monday afternoon?

Most importantly, who killed Safa Annour?

Here is what we know.

Sunday – 29 April 2018

The day before Safa died, CCTV footage from Sturt Avenue, Narrabundah shows Safa walking with another young child and an unidentified woman around 9:40 am. Police have confirmed they are still hoping to identify the woman in the footage, two months after their first appeal for information.

Police said the woman is not a suspect, but believe she may be able to provide information about Safa in the days before she died.

Monday – 30 April 2018

Five hours before Safa appeared in Canberra Hospital, CCTV footage from a Transport Canberra bus shows a smiling Safa with another young child and a woman. The footage, taken around 8:40 am on Stuart Street, Griffith shows the trio leaving the bus, with a happy and uninjured Safa bouncing up and down outside the bus.

She even happily waves to the bus driver as she leaves.

The rest remains a mystery.

Investigators believe there are people in the community who have information relating to Safa’s murder, and they are calling for anyone with information to come forward.

Information can be provided to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the investigators contacted directly on 0427 598 207. Information can be provided anonymously.

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