Father who murdered wife and children in the Brisbane car attack violated the order of domestic violence
A father who murdered his estranged wife and three young children broke a domestic violence order weeks before committing four-fold suicide.
Rowan Baxter had to go back to court on April 8 after a magistrate decided he was free to roam the community during his first hearing for breaking the order on January 29.
On Wednesday morning, Baxter set fire to his family car while his three children, six-year-old Aaliyah, Laianah, four, and Trey, three, were trapped in the back seat on Camp Hill in eastern Brisbane.
Queensland Police was previously summoned for an incident with family violence involving the couple only last month.
Hannah Baxter was desperate to save her babies even when they were covered in flames while her skin was melting
Aaliyah (left), six, Laianah (right), four, and Trey (center), three, were killed on Wednesday morning in a fourfold murder-suicide when their father set their car on their way to school
Burn-out wreck: Rowan Charles Baxter, 42, and his three children, Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three, all died when the family’s white SUV at Camp Hill was set on fire
Pictured: Baxter next to one of his daughters all smiles as they flex their muscles
Mrs. Clarke made the decision to separate with Baxter in December and quietly brought her children out of the family home and to her parents on Raven Street, in Camp Hill in Brisbane.
Baxter occasionally saw the children on the weekend, but there was always tension and even one attack on drop-offs and pickups.
“He kidnapped (one of the children) on Boxing Day and took her interstate for four days until the police got her back,” Mrs. Clarke’s mother told Daily Mail Australia.
Mrs. Clarke told a friend of the incident in a text message that she had taken a domestic order against her husband.
All three Baxter / Clarke children died while being tied up in a burning car
Left: Hannah Baxter depicted with her ‘headman’, son Trey in a beach photo. Right: Mrs. Baxter on her wedding day with her husband
Inferno family: Hannah and Rowan Baxter, with their three children (from left to right) Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey
Rowan Baxter poses for a photo in New Zealand in 2005 when he played a test game for the Presidents Cup Warriors team
Inspector Mark Thompson said that both Clarke and her estranged husband had been referred to support services in the run-up to their death.
“When it comes to Hannah, we’ve tackled her a number of times, we’ve been actively working with the Brisbane Domestic Violence Center to support Hannah in her family affairs,” he said.
Mrs. Clarke’s father said that Baxter was “under orders” to stay at least 20 meters away from her.
“We still don’t know how he got that close,” he said. “He has obviously somehow ambushed her, I am sure she would not have stopped for him, she would rather try to persuade him.
Baxter flooded his Facebook site with photos and videos of his children and described them as “my world”
One of Hannah Clarke’s friends doubled in pain as she visited the scene of the Brisbane murder. She cried at the monument that has been erected since Wednesday
“He went over her phone and followed her where she was. It was really scary, “Mrs. Clarke’s mother added.
“He thought he had a hard time and wanted 50 percent custody, and we knew that he couldn’t, the man didn’t work, he couldn’t support his own family.” It was getting ugly. ”
Three weeks ago – the last time the kids were staying with Baxter in the former family home 3 km away – he and Hannah had a fight when he dropped them off.
De Clarke said Baxter attacked Hannah in their front yard by grabbing her by the wrist and turning her arm behind her back and injuring her shoulder.
He was accused of mistreatment.
Hannah Baxter died just hours after her babies were immersed in gasoline and burned alive by her estranged husband Rowan
The police visit the scene of a car fire that has claimed the lives of an entire family of five
She stood up again and sought comfort with another woman who embraced her with tears streaming down her face
The couple were together 11 years before the divorce, but Mrs. Clarke’s brother admitted that her family was desperate to let her leave.
“My mom and dad … have given everything they have to help my sister try to get away from this monster,” he wrote on Facebook.
“Yesterday, I let my sister, nephew, and two nieces in the worst way take away from me a heartless monster they called their father.”
He added, “Anyone who has been lucky enough to be a part of their lives would know how sweet and loving these children and my sister really were.”
Hannah with her mother Suzanne Clarke. Mrs. Clarke and her husband Lloyd said they had struggled for months to keep the murderous father away from his estranged wife and children who stole them and even kidnapped one of them
The Baxter children Laianah, four, and Aaliyah, six with Trey, three
Just before she died, Clarke expressed her excitement for the coming year.
She went around her morning and had just tied her children in their child seats in the back of the car when Baxter dived in and topped them all with gas.
He set the car on fire, but both he and Mrs. Clarke managed to free themselves.
Mrs. Clarke repeatedly shouted for someone to save her babies – even when her skin melted from her flames – while Baxter did his best to prevent bystanders from helping his children.
Once he realized that they were not escaping alive from the car, he stabbed himself in the chest.
Mr. Clarke’s wife Stacey also hit Baxter in the aftermath of the cruel suicide and called him a “monster.” She shared this photo of Hannah Baxter with her children
The shocking suicide that has left Australia unfolded just meters from the home of Mrs. Baxter’s parents on Raven Street, Camp Hill, driving her children to school
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.