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Bullies smear faeces on grave of girl, 12, who took own life after rape ordeal

Semina Halliwell, who died after four days in hospital earlier this year, had reported a rape to Merseyside Police – before she was mercilessly bullied

Semina’s tragic case has been raised at a parliamentary committee

A grieving mum has been left devastated after vile yobs “trashed” her daughter’s grave.

Semina Halliwell, 12, took her own life earlier this year after she was bullied mercilessly for reporting a rape.

Mum Rachel said the ordeal left her schoolgirl – who died after four days in hospital – “traumatised”

And she has now revealed that callous “bullies” have continued to abuse her daughter, reports the Liverpool Echo.

A family friend found that Semina’s grave had been “completely desecrated” on Tuesday.

It has since been cleaned by people who knew and loved her.

But Rachel said: “It was covered in bricks and rocks and there was dog mess all over it. It was clearly done on purpose.

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Police officers confirmed they are investigating the desecration of Semina’s grave

“Heartless disgusting vile people. There are no words to describe these evil people that could do this to a 12-year-old girl’s grave.”

Horror screenshots appeared to show people making fun of Semina following her death – and even threatening to “trash” her grave.

Rachel also shared footage appearing to show Semina being attacked earlier this year.

The mum said she believes the incidents took place in parks near to their home in Southport, and happened around a month after the alleged rape.

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Merseyside Police previously confirmed it is investigating a report of rape at an address in the town on February 25.

A spokesman said: “Extensive enquiries are ongoing into this allegation and other matters relating to the same alleged victim, and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

Semina’s tragic case was raised at a parliamentary committee on June 23, when Labour MP Apsana Begum asked Education Secretary Gavin Williamson what more can be done to help protect children from sexual harassment and abuse.

Ms Begum said: “I wanted to highlight the case of Semina who was 12 years old who disclosed that she’d been raped, and committed suicide.”

Semina’s funeral, at St Patrick’s Church


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Police officers confirmed they are investigating the desecration of Semina’s grave.

Community Inspector Graham Fisher said: “The community will no doubt share our shock and revulsion that a grave could be desecrated like this.

“This is the final resting place of a beloved family member, and I can only imagine how upsetting it must have been for their loved ones to find that the grave had been treated in this way.

“While thankfully no permanent damage has been caused, it will have caused lasting distress to the family.

“I want to appeal to anyone who may have been visiting the cemetery in recent days and witnessed anything suspicious to contact us so that we can bring the perpetrators of this callous crime to justice.”

Anyone with information is asked to message @MerPolCC on Twitter or Merseyside Police Contact Centre on Facebook.

Alternatively, you can call 101 quoting reference 21000494391 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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