Father who broke AVO 21 times before being sent to prison reveals why the Hannah Clarke system failed
A man who has arrested violence to prevent him from contacting his ex-wife and daughter 21 times, says the system to stop domestic violence is broken.
Chris, last name withheld, appeared on Triple M Sydney’s Moonman In The Morning on Monday to discuss the tragedy about murder and suicide in Brisbane.
Chris said he was devastated by the news that Rowan had set Charles Baxter, 42, his three children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3, and alienated partner Hannah Clarke, 31.
Baxter reportedly hatched his plan after his estranged wife had banned him from taking a restraining order.
Hannah Clarke and her three children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4 and Trey, 3, were murdered by her estranged husband Rowan Charles Baxter
“I broke the AGM 21 times, but I want to talk to you about the piece of paper on which the actual AGM is written, I’m sorry to say, but it’s worth nothing,” he told hosts Lawrence Mooney and Jess Eva.
“It doesn’t stop you from getting in the car or whatever it is and going to that person’s house and doing something.”
He said he had done some “really crazy” things, such as intimidating his former partner.
“Men in Australia and the rest of the world really need to see what’s going on, and we as other men have to help these guys,” he said.
Chris said he was imprisoned after repeatedly breaking the AVO, including sending letters to his daughter.
He said his legal team helped him report a few infringements before he was locked up.
“They had a guts, the police took me through the court and the judge said to me,” Chris what you did is not right, I’m actually going to give you something to think about “and that was six months in the prison, “he said.
Lloyd and Suzanne Clarke, parents of Hannah, mourned her Sunday for a wake
Chris said there were times when he was afraid that he would hurt his ex-wife and partner – but insisted that those dark thoughts were never issued.
“Mine was more to get her, I would never harm her psychologically and go that far. There are definitely crazy things going through your head, “he said.
Chris said he was seeking help through support services to help process his revenge plans.
He said his ex-wife chose the prison option to take him out of her life and to return to normal.
But he insisted that the prison is not suitable for everyone in that situation.
Left: Hannah Clarke depicted with her ‘headman’, son Trey in a beach photo. Right: The couple on their wedding day
Hundreds proved vigilant for Mrs. Clarke and her children – but one man has claimed that AVOs do little to protect people
“Going to jail is not right, they are airing, they are thinking of crazy ways to get the person back, and you can even see that things are worse,” he said.
“It would be better to have a rehabilitation place where they can place these people and where they can be cared for, but they can’t get out until they’ve been assessed or something.”
Daily Mail Australia has contacted NSW Police for comments.
Baxter killed his wife and their three children by turning on their family car in Camp Hill, Brisbane. He stuck himself beside the car
Hannah survived the attack but succumbed to her injuries hours later.
Since then it has turned out that he has done violence to Hannah for years, so the brave mother finally left him last November.
There was a domestic violence order, but she expressed frustration that the circumstances would not be sufficient to keep her family safe.
Although she was chased by her monstrous ex every day, the DVO was watered down so that her husband could be 100 meters away from her.
In a text sent to friends on January 30 (photo), Hannah expressed concern about changes to the protection order against domestic violence from her estranged husband
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
Just a few days later, Baxter approached the family car as his wife prepared to run the school, poured gas on her and the children, and set them on fire.
He then stabbed himself to death next to the car.
“I have to go back to court and today had to submit a request to change the DVO conditions because he will continue to appear where I am,” said the mother of three in a text message sent to a friend on January 30.
“He got the DVO postponed and when they did, they pulled out the no-contact and pulled it only 100 meters from my house, so technically he is not doing anything wrong … hence why we need it!”
Even the female police officer who assisted Hannah last year in filing her DVO told her it would do little to protect her from her bad husband.
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Queensland Police officers are summoned for an incident involving family violence involving the couple.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19 – EARLY MORNING:
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 in 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.