News

Toddler-killer Warren Ross wants to get out of jail early

CHILD KILLER: Warren Ross pictured boarding a police car at the King St court in Sydney just after being found guilty of murdering two-year-old Tanilla Warrick-Deaves, the daughter of his girlfriend Donna Deaves, in August 2011.
CHILD KILLER: Warren Ross pictured boarding a police car at the King St court in Sydney just after being found guilty of murdering two-year-old Tanilla Warrick-Deaves, the daughter of his girlfriend Donna Deaves, in August 2011. AAP

THE man found guilty of murdering toddler Tanilla Deaves on the Central Coast in 2011 has lodged an intention with the Supreme Court to appeal his conviction and sentence.

On May 31, Warren Ross was sentenced to 40 years in jail with a non-parole period of 30 years for the murder of his two-year-old step-daughter.

His partner, Tanilla's mother Donna Deaves, was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter, with a non-parole period of nine years, last September.

The reduced sentence was imposed in exchange for giving evidence against Ross, who pleaded not guilty to murder when the trial began in October.

A NSW Supreme Court spokeswoman confirmed Ross had lodged an intention to appeal with the court.

Tanilla Warrick-Deaves.
Tanilla Warrick-Deaves.

"Warren Ross lodged a Notice of Intention to Appeal his conviction and sentence on June 16," she said.

"He has six months from that date to lodge grounds. Once the grounds of appeal have been received by the court, the matter will be listed."

Ross was accused of beating Tanilla, leaving her with serious head injuries. Tanilla was left in a pram for two days before medical treatment was sought for her.

When the tragic circumstances unfolded, Tanilla's father, Adrian Warrick, was living at Ballina with his partner Brooke Bowen.

Speaking after Ross's sentencing, Mr Warrick said he and Brooke found comfort in the fact that Ross and Deaves would be haunted every day by Tanilla's memory.

Topics:  editors picks, tanilla warrick-deaves




Forget fast food and pub grub - try Casino's new restaurant

Brian Conderan is opening a new restaurant at the Oxford Hotel in Casino called Top Deck.

"This town has never done this kind of menu before."

Body of missing man recovered by police divers

The man went missing on Wednesday after his car was swept off a bridge on Martins Road into floodwaters at Larnook.

Days of searching after car swept into floodwaters

Ballina sports space sold to developer for hefty sum

FOR SALE: The State Government is selling a large block of land at Quays Dr, West Ballina.Photo Graham Broadhead / Ballina Shire Advocate

Rare open green space sold to property developer

Latest deals and offers

Deborah Conway: A String of Pearls, after 25 years

PARTNERS IN MUSIC: Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier are releasing their latest album, Everybody is Begging (2016).

Deborah Conway celebrates 25th anniversary of release

GANGgajang brings new and old hits

STREETWISE: The band at the opening of GANGgajang Way in Bundaberg, Queensland, last year.

Iconic Aussie band returns to Lismore

What's on the small screen this week

Bella Frizza in a scene from the TV series Married At First Sight.

THE Block's $65,000 bathroom is revealed and strangers marry.

MOVIE REVIEW: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey Smith and Foregone Conclusion (Steve Clarke, Andy Burrows, Stuart Baxter Wilkinson, Michael Clarke) in a scene from David Brent: Life on the Road.

Ricky Gervais has brought David Brent back to life on the big screen

Jessica Alba wants tequila shots served at her funeral

Businesswoman and actor Jessica Alba

There won't be mourning at this funeral

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m