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Margaret Scheikowski

Judge told of pain over death of girl, 10

The grandmother of a 10-year-old girl has told a court she won't say her accused murderer's name. (AAP)

A grandmother has told a Sydney judge of her pain over the "callous, calculated and morally reprehensible" slaying of her 10-year-old granddaughter.

"I will never speak the defendant's name - she doesn't deserve a name," the paternal grandmother said in her victim impact statement read out on Tuesday.

A 15-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty to murdering the younger child, whom she knew, at a country NSW property in Gunnedah on July 8, 2020.

The girls cannot be named because of their ages, while details of the fatal injuries are subject to a non-publication order.

Two experts have concluded the then 14-year-old was mentally impaired at the time.

Six victim impact statements were presented to the judge-alone Supreme Court trial on Tuesday.

The girl's mother said she was unable to block out the guilt she felt in being unable to hold her daughter as she died, alone in a terrible place.

"No one teaches you how to cope with this type of loss, this type of pain," she said.

Her brain tried to shut out the events which were "so depraved they belong in a horror movie".

Her daughter had been a free-spirit, full of curiosity and had just started to find herself.

The grandmother said the accused had destroyed the lives of the family - including her son's - by her "despicable acts".

"There is a hole in our lives and in our hearts," she said.

She had a special bond with the girl, having been present at her birth, but was now living a nightmare after her life ended after 3901 short days.

"We are haunted by the terror, pain and incomprehension that (the girl) must have gone through to die that way. Terrified, alone, helpless and innocent."

She was caught totally by surprise in a place that should have been safe.

The young girl was full of promise, clever, cheeky, loving, intelligent and sassy.

"She didn't even get to finish year 5," she said.

They feared "this heinous act" could so easily be repeated by the accused.

The grandmother told of her "bitter-sweet" feelings when missing WA girl Cleo Smith had been found alive.

"We will never get that happy ending," she said.

Acting Justice Carolyn Simpson will give her verdict and reasons later on Tuesday.

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