Published: Fri, February 21, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Hannah Clarke’s Parents Reveal Her Final Heroic Act To Protect Her Children

Hannah Clarke’s Parents Reveal Her Final Heroic Act To Protect Her Children

Hannah Clarke and her three children Aaliyah, six, Lainah, four, and three-year-old Trey, were killed on Wednesday morning in Brisbane, Queensland.

As reported by The Age, police commissioner Katarina Carroll apologised for the comments twice - once in a radio interview, once in the form of a statement.

Following the press conference social media users were quick to criticise the officer's comments.

In comments to the media on Thursday, Det Insp Mark Thompson had said it could be a case of a man "being driven too far by issues that he's suffered".

A senior Queensland detective is gutted at the phrasing he used in appealing for information into the deaths of a woman and her three children in Brisbane.

She said she was taking him off the case "to ensure public confidence".

"And I totally agreed with that".

"He went on to try and explain definitely that it is abhorrent and unacceptable; he [Detective Inspector Thompson] should have said this matter needs to be investigated to go before the coroner".

"And he, like the rest of us, believes that domestic violence is nothing but a scourge on society".

Heartbreaking text messages from Hannah Clarke show the mum-of-three was excited for a new life away from her ex-husband, less than two months before he murdered her and their children.

Ms Clarke, 31, Laianah, 4, Aaliyah, 6, and Trey, 3, were killed on Wednesday by her husband Rowan Baxter who poured petrol on them and set them alight in their auto before dying of self-inflicted stab wounds.

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Baxter died on the footpath from self-inflicted wounds, police say.

The family's violent murder has renewed calls for change in domestic and family violence policies across the country after it was confirmed Queensland police were aware Hannah had been a victim and had spoken to both her and Baxter a number of times. There is no "open mind" on murder!'

"Our job as investigators is to keep a completely open mind", Detective Inspector Thompson said on Thursday.

"And to put it bluntly, there are probably people out there in the community who are deciding which side, so to speak, to take in this investigation".

"Is this an issue of a woman suffering significant domestic violence and her and her children perishing at the hands of the husband?"

Mr Thompson suggested the man, who killed his wife and children, "may have been driven too far" which sparked backlashed from domestic violence campaigners.

Commissioner Carroll said Inspector Thompson was "distraught and gutted" after listening back to a recording of his own comments, adding that "he wanted to say... he needs to get evidence before the coroner" and "cannot believe" that he phrased it the way he did.

"The cycle of violence, harassment, and emotional abuse is frightful - as the victim, you always think it's your fault or that you can't get away", the friend said.

"I am a strong woman, I don't sit around feeling sorry for myself, nor will I ever let anyone mistreat me again".

This article discusses domestic violence.

Rowan Baxter and his children.

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