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No statements from Louise Bell parents

AAP logoAAP 5/12/2016

Dieter Pfennig abducted and murdered their 10-year-old daughter, but the mother and father of Adelaide schoolgirl Louise Bell have elected not to tell him how his horrific crimes have impacted their lives.

The girl's parents will not present a victim impact statement to the Supreme Court in Adelaide when Pfennig comes up for sentencing submissions.

Tuesday's hearing will start the sentencing process for the 68-year-old who is already in jail for killing another child and is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

In November, Justice Michael David found Pfennig guilty of Louise's abduction and murder despite the fact the girl's body has never been found.

She was taken from the bedroom of her Hackham West home in 1983, with her disappearance one of South Australia's most enduring cold cases.

Pfennig was charged in 2013 after DNA scientists in the Netherlands linked him to the girl's pyjama top, which was found folded on a neighbour's lawn.

During the trial prosecutor Sandi McDonald said the chance of a random male providing such a DNA match was greater than one in one billion.

When he handed down his guilty verdict Justice David urged Pfennig to reveal the location of the schoolgirl's body to give her family and authorities closure.

"I want to bring this whole ghastly thing to an end," he said.

In a short statement at the time, the Bell family said while the verdict was significant it was not the end of their "difficult journey".

"Our beloved 10-year-old daughter was taken from her own bedroom, a place where she should be safe, and has never come home," they said.

"Today is the culmination of our struggles to find answers for Louise. It is a small victory for Louise."

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