Father of murdered schoolgirl Charlise Mutten cancels memorial fundraiser amid social media trolling

Feb 15, 2022
NSW Police have revealed Charlise Mutten's official cause of death. Source: Facebook/ @ NSW Police

Charlise Mutten’s biological father, Scott Hensby, has cancelled his $100,000 fundraiser for the memorial of his allegedly murdered daughter after being trolled online. 

The shattered father of the 9-year-old schoolgirl made a public plea for help only two days ago on Friday, February 11, to help pay for a funeral and memorial in the Coolangatta region, shut down the fundraiser after only raising $3120. 

According to DailyMail, Hensby faced criticism from Facebook users who claimed he did not have permission from Charlise’s mother, Kallista Mutten, to launch the fund.

Once Facebook user claimed “both families were against what he was doing and he didn’t have their consent like he made out he did” and that Hensby had said “council had given him land for a monument” and that it would be built on “private land.”

However, this contradicts Hensby’s first public statement after the death of his daughter, stating  that the GoFundMe page “had been discussed between family.”

Hensby explained that the costs would cover Charlise’s cremation and memorial. 

“We would use the money for a beautiful public service with the dignity and grace Charlise deserves after the indignity she has suffered,” he wrote on the GoFundMe page.

After cancelling his daughters GoFundMe page, the DailyMail reports that Hensby wrote “all monies will be refunded.”

When the fund was shut down at around 10 pm on Sunday, February 13, Facebook users were seen leaving comments such as “good news!” and ” ‘That is good. Let all the family grieve in peace. No one is perfect, lessons are learnt.”

“Thank you Scott for doing what is right, by removing the gofundme,” another wrote.

In the days after finding Charlise’s body, Hensby took to Facebook to express his heartbreak writing “Goodbye you beautiful little girl, I love you so much. I miss you every day!” 

“We will get the answers for you baby, and we will honour you properly. This is not the end of you or your story Charlise.”

Charlise’s stepfather, 31, is charged with her alleged murder and has been remanded in custody to appear in Penrith Local Court on March 18. 

 

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