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Prosecution calls for life sentence for Daniel James Holdom

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A man who murdered a young mother and her toddler daughter in NSW and dumped their remains 1200 kilometres apart is due to be sentenced, with prosecutors calling for life in prison.

Daniel James Holdom, 43, pleaded guilty in July to the December 2008 murder of his girlfriend of two months, Karlie Pearce-Stevenson, 20, and Khandalyce Pearce, aged two-and-a-half, four days later.

Ms Pearce-Stevenson's remains were found in the notorious Belanglo State Forrest in 2010, but were not identified until her daughter's remains were discovered in 2015 in a suitcase dumped beside a South Australian highway.

At a sentence hearing in September, crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC said "both murders fall within the worst case" and described them as "atrocious, detestable, hateful, gravely reprehensible and extremely wicked".

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