A controversial human rights activist praised the Queensland police for suggesting that a controlling father had “driven too far” before stabbing his wife and three children to death.
Hannah Clarke and her three children were set on fire in their cars on Wednesday morning by Rowan Baxter who killed herself at Camp Hill, Brisbane.
Just one day after the horrific death, the Thomland inspector, Mark Thompson, told the police to “be open” whether the murder was the case of “man driven too far by trouble” or a woman and children living in extremely domestic suffer violence.
He has since been deducted from the case.
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Hannah Clarke and her three children were set on fire in their cars on Wednesday morning by former Rowan Baxter (all in the photo together) who stabbed himself to death at Camp Hill, Brisbane
Social commentator Bettina Arndt (photo) has praised the police for suggesting that Baxter may have been “driven too far”
On Friday morning, Bettina Arndt congratulated the police on their comments.
“Congratulations to the Queensland police for keeping it open and waiting for solid evidence, including the possibility that Rowan Baxter may have” gone too far. ” But note the outrageous indignation. How dare the police deviate from the feminist scenario of looking for excuses … “she tweeted.
The social commentator received a barrage of criticism online.
“He burned his children alive. How can you excuse that by ‘driving too far’. I can’t think of a more inhumane act than burning someone alive. Don’t you have humanity? “ABC election analyst Antony Green has responded.
“Something is very wrong with you. Please find some help (but check if they are real), “wrote another.
“There is simply no excuse to give people gas and set them on fire. No justification. No rationalization. Marriages end. It happens all the time. But whether you’re a man or a woman, killing your partner and children is just an unjustifiable murder, “a third tweette.
Mrs. Arndt congratulated the Queensland police with her “open mind” for the death of the family
Mrs. Arndt’s comments were bombarded with criticism online Friday morning
Inspector Thompson had to apologize for his remarks after being convicted of being the victim of the blame of domestic violence campaigners.
“Our job as investigators is to keep a completely open mind,” Inspector Thompson said in a press conference on Thursday.
Detective Mark Thompson (photo) is deposed from suicide after making controversial comments in a press conference
“We need to look at every piece of information and, in short, there are probably people in the community who decide which way they are taking this research,” he said.
“Is this a question of a woman suffering significant domestic violence and her and her children being destroyed by the husband?” Or is this an example of a man who is driven too far by problems he has suffered from certain circumstances to commit acts of this form? ”
Police commissioner Katarina Carroll apologized on Friday for what was said.
She added that the words were wrong and Detective Inspector Thompson was ‘eroded’ about the remarks.
“He is desperate and has been stripped about the way he said it and what was said,” said Commissioner Carroll at the ABC.
What to do if you run the risk of domestic violence
There are a number of services throughout Australia that you can contact for assistance.
- The national advice line for sexual abuse, family and domestic violence: 1800 737 732, available 24/7
- Call 000 if you are in immediate danger
- Relationships Australia: 1300 364 277
- Lifeline: 13 11 11
“He’s a man who has protected the Queensland community all his life and worked endless hours, and when he looks back, he can’t believe how he formulated it.”
It is after it was revealed that Mrs. Clarke suffered 10 years ago at the hands of her “monster” partner.
Mrs. Clarke’s friend, Manja Whaley, revealed that Baxter’s mother of three was financially, emotionally, and sexually abused.
In Today’s show, Mrs. Whaley also told how Baxter once admitted that he had threatened his oldest child from a previous relationship in remarks that scared Clarke.
He also threatened to harm their children if she refused to have sex with him and would not let her wear shorts to the gym in case she attracted other men.
“I then started unpacking the emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and financial abuse with her, and she had all experienced that,” said Whaley.
Hannah Clarke is seen on the beach with her two daughters before they were brutally killed
“And some of the things she would explain was this excessive control over Rowan, the sexual abuse daily, and if she didn’t have sex with him, he would punish not only her, but also the children.
“She should not go to the gym, which was not only her passion, but also her outlet.
“There was checking her accounts on Facebook, the allegations of her cheating, if she had messages with men, even men he knew from the gym, he would accuse her of being flirtatious.”
The Queensland police have revealed that Mrs. Clarke and Mr. Baxter have previously been referred to support services and the police have received reports of domestic violence within the family within a few months.
Baxter’s New Years’ Day post: the murderer brought in the New Year with this post from his children in the shallow water. “Goodnight ratbags always in my heart,” was the caption
BRISBANEIC KILLER-KILLER: HOW COWARDL RAMPAGE PERFORMED
Queensland Police officers are summoned for an incident involving family violence involving the couple.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19 – EARLY MORNING:
Ex-NRL star Rowan Charles Baxter, 42, is seen filling a jerry can with fuel at a local gas station.
Baxter dives into the white Kia Sportage of his estranged wife Hannah Clarke as she prepared to drop off the school on Raven Street, Camp Hill, a rich suburb of Brisbane.
He extinguishes Mrs. Clarke, 31, and their three children – Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three – in gas and turns on the car.
Neighbors hear an explosion that sounded like a ‘gas bottle’ explosion. At least four explosions followed.
Baxter takes a knife from the SUV and stabs himself in the chest.
He tries to prevent neighbors from saving his wife and children before he dies on the street.
Mrs. Clarke escapes the burning car and shouts, “He poured gas on me.”
Startled witnesses see her skin peel off her body.
A heroic neighbor washes her down in an attempt to save her life and suffers from burns herself.
She is being brought to Royal Brisbane and the Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.
Mrs. Clarke dies in the hospital because of the terrible burns she sustained during the suicide of the four-fold murder.
WHO WAS ROWAN BAXTER?
Rowan Baxter was a former NRL player who once had a contract with the New Zealand Warriors.
He was a member of the President’s Selection 2005 pre-season team and spent the last 20 years of his life in the sports and fitness industry.
He grew up in Tauranga, on the North Island of New Zealand, before moving to Australia.
Baxter lived in Brisbane alongside his wife, Hannah, and three children until as recently as late last year, when the couple broke up.
The 42-year-old opened a gym, Intergr8 and CrossFit SMC in Capalaba, with his wife, but the couple closed it when they worked through their split.
Former Brisbane Broncos players Sam Thaiday and Matt Gillett are known to train in the gym.
The company website of the former athlete described him as an experienced body weight trainer for NRL and AFL teams.
Unsuspecting family and friends believed he was a loving and dedicated father.