The young clerk who was murdered weeks after her relationship with an elderly magistrate, became national news in the hope that the & # 39; toxic culture & # 39; sexual harassment and predatory behavior of the court would be uncovered by investigating her relationship.
Ashleigh Petrie, 23, was engaged to grandfather of eight Rod Higgins, 68, who was a magistrate who worked in the land of Victoria. Mrs. Petrie was tragically murdered on Monday morning after a night out in eastern Victoria.
In a surprising turn in her death, Daily Mail Australia can reveal that Mrs. Petrie had hoped that reports about her controversial relationship would lift the cover of what she saw as a & # 39; toxic culture & # 39; within the legal system.
It is not suggested that Mr. Higgins played a role in this toxic behavior.
A source told Daily Mail Australia that Petrie had previously spoken frankly about approaching the media to expose the culture.
Miss Petrie accepted excitedly and called him & # 39; the love of her life & # 39; after he introduced her. The couple is pictured together
Ashleigh Petrie & # 39; s latest post on Instragram. She stated that she had been to Metung – posted a peaceful photo of her view. She would be dead hours later.
Shadow Attorney General Ed O & # 39; Donohue has demanded an investigation into the relationship between Miss Petrie (photo) and Rod Higgins
COURT OF INVESTIGATION
October 2017: former magistrate Jacinta Dwyer commits suicide
January 2018: A magistrate was accused of touching the buttocks of a young woman and said he & # 39; loved her & # 39; after a night of drinking at a Christmas party for court staff
March 2018: Magistrate Stephen Myall committed suicide
September 2018: A lawyer at the Coroner's Court in Victoria has lost her life
February 2019: WorkSafe launched a probe in the alleged & # 39; toxic culture & # 39; of the Coroner & # 39; s Court
October 2019: Victoria's Kinderhof was forced to investigate after a clerk boasted to friends that she had been intimate with a magistrate in a courtroom
Her death led to an outpouring of emotion and anger over the fact that her relationship was made public earlier this month.
Mrs. Petrie's relationship with the magistrate became public after a front-page newspaper report in the Herald Sun newspaper in Melbourne on October 10.
The story was followed throughout the country, including by Daily Mail Australia.
In the reports, the Victorian opposition attorney general Ed O & # 39; Donohue was written to the Victoria Judicial Commission about Mr. Higgins' suitability as a magistrate.
But Daily Mail Australia was told that Petrie was not afraid of the revelations, but & # 39; excited & # 39; was about the prospect of further stories that revealed the inner workings of the court.
On Friday, just three days before Mrs. Petrie died, the Herald sun Peter Lauritsen, the departing chief magistrate, disclosed a pending application for an intervention order from Mr Higgins' former partner against Mrs. Petrie.
The publication claimed that he had refused calls to refuse himself and eventually placed an indefinite order against Petrie, who forbade her from any contact with Mr. Higgins' former partner.
She would be dead at the start of business on Monday.
Daily Mail Australia was told that Mrs. Petrie had no problems with reports about her relationship.
& # 39; This was going to happen … it was work that killed her, & # 39; said the source.
Mrs. Petrie was hit by a vehicle and killed on Metung Road near Lakes Entrance in East Victoria on Monday around 1:00 am.
The clerk was under extreme pressure after the news of her engagement with Mr. Higgins, who used the name Rod Rocketman on Facebook until Monday.
It is believed that that pressure has seen cracks appear in her mental state, especially on social media.
The police will continue to investigate the tragedy and will pass on a report to the coroner.
Mrs. Petrie's death has caused shock waves across the court, offering counseling to staff throughout the state.
Daily Mail Australia is told to care for the hierarchy of the court that employees are protected from news reports about Mrs. Petrie's death.
& # 39; Media monitoring had no reference to the situation & # 39 ;, a source said. & # 39; Nothing to see here. Continue. & # 39;
Victoria's legal system has been increasingly examined recently.
Mrs. Petrie posted this photo on Instagram a few days before her death
Earlier this month, the Victoria Children's Court was forced to investigate after a clerk bragged to friends that she had been intimate with a magistrate in a courtroom and also in the rooms of another magistrate.
In January last year it was reported that a magistrate was accused of touching the buttocks of a young woman and said he & # 39; loved her & # 39; after a night of drinking at a Christmas party for court staff.
In September 2018, a lawyer at the Coroner & # 39; s Court in Victoria lost her life.
WorkSafe launched a study in February about the alleged & # 39; toxic culture & # 39; from that court.
Two magistrates had also taken their own lives recently: Stephen Myall committed suicide in early 2018, while former magistrate Jacinta Dwyer died in October 2017.
Judicial insiders have told Daily Mail Australia that they hope that Mrs. Petrie's death can stimulate a similar investigation.
& # 39; I would be surprised WorkSafe would not look at it on the back of the coroner murder and two magistrates, & # 39; said a source. & # 39; You begin to think what it takes to do something and change the culture. & # 39;
Rod-to-eight grandfather Rod Higgins presented to Ashleigh Petrie (pictured together), from Mirboo North in Victoria, on a romantic trip to Fiji in September
Ashleigh Petre, 23, engaged to the 68-year-old magistrate Rob Higgins, has a different magistrate before, 59
The whirlwind romance made headlines throughout the country and asked the legal watchdog to investigate the correctness of the relationship.
A friend of the family, who spoke about anonymity, told Daily Mail Australia that Mrs. Petrie's family was deeply in shock.
It is understood that the family is still struggling to figure out how Mrs. Petrie ended up dead on Metung Road.
Chief Magistrate Peter Lauristen has released a statement stating that the court's thoughts were with Mrs. Petrie's family.
& # 39; It is with great regret that we advise that an officer of the Victoria Court, Ashleigh Petrie, have died as a result of an accident with a motor vehicle early this morning, & # 39; he wrote in a statement.
& # 39; The details are still within reach. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues in this difficult time.
& # 39; Court officials and staff are supported and appropriate advisory and support services are provided. No further comments are made at this time. & # 39;
Mrs. Petrie, who was supposed to be on leave when her relationship was unmasked, posted a photo on Instagram on Sunday in which she enjoyed a drink at the Metung Hotel.
Love is in the air: a 68-year-old magistrate and a 23-year-old clerk (photo) are engaged
Mrs. Petrie admitted the relationship with the Herald Sun, but declined to comment on Daily Mail Australia when previously asked.
Higgins and Mrs. Petrie lived together in Mirboo North, four hours from Shepparton in northern Victoria.
Last month he brought her to Fiji, where he saved the question.
The servant accepted excitedly and called him & # 39; the love of her life & # 39; in a smashing Facebook post where she showed photos of her sparkling new ring.
Ashleigh Petrie, said yes to grandfather-of-eight Rod Higgins (pictured together) when he proposed during a trip to Fiji last month
Miss Petrie is depicted with her current beauty, Mr. Higgins, who introduced her to her after a whirlwind of romance last month
& # 39; What a great 10 days it has been here in Fiji! First of all, I arrived as Rod & # 39; s girlfriend and I leave as Rod Fiancee! I can't wait to become Mrs. Higgins! & # 39; she wrote online.
& # 39; It started with an eye and now I have a ring on my finger. The love of my life asked me to marry him and I said YESSSS. & # 39;
& # 39; I don't know how lucky I was to find such a sweet and caring man with the same sense of humor, this wonderful man is the love of my life! & # 39;
During their journey, the couple went zip lining, met a Fiji tribe and swam together in the sea, according to their many social media messages.
A source told the Herald Sun that Mrs. Petrie and Mr. Higgins had tried a baby.
At the time, a spokesperson for Mr Lauritsen said: & # 39; The chief magistrate has no comment on the personal lives of magistrates or staff. & # 39;
Last month and Mr. Higgins suggested during a romantic vacation in Fiji. Pictured: The couple on vacation
Magistrate Rodney Higgins introduced his girlfriend Ashleigh Petrie, 23, in September. She is shown on the right and left with her ring
The relationship was announced to Peter Lauritsen, the chief magistrate of Victoria, after many lawyers raised their eyebrows about the unusual settlement. Pictured: the couple on the beach
For confidential support in Australia, call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on 13 11 14.
. (TagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) news