Details of how an evil father has laced the juice of his children and killed them to get his wife back
The police have been urged to support their instinct after an angry father had smeared his children’s juice with tranquilizers and killed them for the three hours the officers needed to respond to their mother’s request for help.
The bodies of five-year-old Zaraiyah-Lily Headland and three-year-old Andreas Headland were found on a bed on October 20, 2016 in their father’s home in Yanchep in Perth.
The father, Jason Craig Headland, who was found at home with self-injuries, pleaded guilty to their murders and was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 31 years to be served.
Death investigation found that Headland committed the brutal killings to hurt his wife Anatoria Takiwa, who told him she wanted a divorce.
Coroner Sarah Linton said the investigations were “two of the worst I’ve had to deal with”, The Western Australian reported.
Five-year-old Zaraiyah-Lily Headland and three-year-old Andreas Headland (pictured with their mother Anatoria Takiwa) were found dead on a bed in a Yanchep home in October 2016
In her findings, she urged the police to “trust their instincts more” after the investigation was told that a police recruit had a “strange feeling” when the children’s mother went to Joondalup police.
Mrs. Takiwa and her friend Katie Cheeseman spoke to the recruit at the station after the mother received a disturbing phone call from the Headland.
“I’m going to hurt you … I’m going to break your heart into 50 million pieces. Say goodbye to your children. This is the last time you will talk to them, “said Headland.
A police car was only sent for a welfare check more than three hours later, with the children found dead by officers on arrival.
Their father, Jason Craig Headland (depicted with Mrs. Takiwa), pleaded guilty to their murders and was sentenced to life in prison
The coroner said in her findings that the outcome might have been different if the young officer had supported her original feeling.
“I can’t help wondering if it might have been different [the recruit] in particular, because she had the strongest instinctive feeling of concern, could rely more on her gut feeling … I do not suggest that the deaths would certainly have been averted, because it is clear that Jason had formulated a plan at least early afternoon, and was planning to implement that plan, “said Coroner Linton.
“In the end I feel uneasy because the police recruit who made the first report had a very strong, instinctive feeling that something was wrong, and this was on the advice of her superiors and by following police procedures, that she was instructed to take a less direct route to checking the well-being of the children. “
Zaraiyah-Lily Headland and Andreas Headland were drugged, strangled and killed by their father
After Mrs. Takiwa and Mrs. Cheeseman had been at the police station for about half an hour, the recruit spoke to Headland by telephone and said he would take the children there so that the women left.
When the headland did not arrive, the recruit tried to call him in vain. She then called Mrs. Takiwa and was told that she might be in the marital home in Yanchep.
The recruit created a job in the police system and gave it three priority, which meant that the police had to respond within an hour.
Officers visited the house around 10.17 p.m., which was slightly less than an hour, but three and a half hours since Mrs. Takiwa went to the police with her concerns.
A coroner has urged officers to trust their feelings after it was revealed that a police recruit had a strange feeling about the incident when it was reported. On the photo: officers attend the Yanchep house after the murders
At that time, Headland had drugged, strangled and killed his children before attempting to take his own life.
During last October’s investigation, senior police officer Christine Barnes became emotional when she read a statement on behalf of her colleagues.
“We would like to express our sincere condolences for the tragic loss of your beautiful children,” the officer said Wednesday.
“We came to the police to save lives and make a difference. In the rare occasion we cannot do that.
‘We also carry that burden every day. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. “