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sex­u­ally abused by an un­known per­son. But key parts of the case re­main se­cret after a lo­cal judge or­dered ev­i­dence to re­main sealed while the par­ties and their lawyers are pre­vented from speak­ing by a gag­ging or­der.

The Cun­ning­hams’ US-based fam­ily yes­ter­day ap­pealed to the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to help fund their le­gal bat­tle, which could cost as much as $500,000, un­der a spe­cial crim­i­nal fund for Aus­tralians fac­ing the death penalty over­seas.

Pros­e­cu­tors al­lege the pair, who lived in the desert city’s mid­dle-class western sub­urbs, abused Sanaa, whom he had with for­mer wife Sylvia Nor­wood, 38.

Court doc­u­ments fur­ther al­lege Mrs Cun­ning­ham dis­cussed the case with key wit­nesses, in breach of her bail con­di­tions, which she de­nies.

It is un­der­stood Mrs Cun­ning­ham’s daugh­ter Cierra has been in court sup­port­ing her mother dur­ing the le­gal pro­ceed­ings.

Ms Nor­wood’s lawyer Quacy

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