Hannah Clarke’s mother says daughter and grandchildren would still be alive if there were one law change
Hannah Clarke’s mother says her daughter and grandchildren would still be alive if there was one simple change in the law – as she has been nine months since the murders that shocked the nation
- Sue Clarke said her daughter Hannah and grandchildren could still be alive
- She said if coercion had been criminalized, Rowan Baxter would have been jailed
- Mother said the nine months since daughter’s death have not gotten easier
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Hannah Clarke’s mother believes that coercive control laws would have saved her daughter’s life as it has been nine months since the family was brutally murdered.
Sue Clarke lost her daughter and three of her grandchildren when Hannah’s estranged husband Rowan Charles Baxter ambushed the family at their Brisbane morning school on February 19.
Baxter dipped their car with gasoline and set it on fire, killing Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three.
Hannah, 31, jumped from the driver’s seat of her car screaming ‘he poured gasoline on me’ and later died in hospital with 97 percent burns to her body.
Baxter told residents not to get his kids out of the burning car before stabbing himself to death.
In the months since the tragedy, Ms. Clarke has spoken out about the incidents and severity of domestic violence in Australia, in an effort to drive positive change.
Rowan Baxter ambushed estranged wife Hannah and their children Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3 (pictured) during their morning school at Camp Hill in Brisbane
She said A current affair that her daughter’s abuse began with coercive control.
It started with him having her close her Facebook page and they would get a joint page. He convinced her they had the same friends and posted the same things, ”she said.
“But it was a form of control.”
Ms. Clarke said she would like laws across the country forbidding coercive control.
“I feel like I would have my daughter and grandchildren if it were now legalized here,” she said.
‘He [Baxter] would be in prison. ‘
Sue Clarke (pictured) says compelling control laws could have saved her daughter’s life
Tasmania is currently the only state where enforcement action is a criminal offense, while Queensland has announced that it will do the same.
Ms. Clarke said she wanted to be able to save at least one person from the horrors Hannah went through
Ms Clarke suggested using a checklist to determine what identifies a perpetrator, similar to the one in Scotland.
The grandmother was overcome with emotion when she was asked if the nine months that have passed since the loss of her daughter and grandchildren have become easier.
But she stated that speaking out against domestic violence was therapeutic for her grief.
Ms. Clarke said she wanted to be able to save at least one person from the horrors Hannah went through.
She probably speaks. I’m not very brave and I don’t like to stand up for people, but she loved it, ”said Mrs. Clarke.
She said it feels like her daughter is pushing her towards positive change.
BRISBANE MURDER-SUICIDE: HOW RURAL RAMPAGE UNFOLDED
Queensland Police officers are being called for an incident of family violence allegedly involving the couple.
WEDNESDAY 19 FEBRUARY – EARLY MORNING:
Rowan Charles Baxter, 42, is spotted 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 prepares to drop off school in Raven Street, Camp Hill, a wealthy Brisbane suburb.
He dips Mrs. Clarke, 31, and their three children – Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four and Trey, three – in gasoline and turns the car on.
Neighbors hear an explosion that sounded like a ‘gas cylinder’ explosion. At least four explosions followed.
Baxter takes a knife from the SUV and stabs himself in the chest.
He tries to stop neighbors from saving his wife and children before they die on the street.
Mrs. Clarke escapes from the burning car and shouts, “He poured gasoline on me.”
Shocked witnesses watch her skin peel off her body.
A heroic neighbor hoses her in an attempt to save her life and suffers burns herself.
She is rushed to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in critical condition.
Mrs. Clarke dies in hospital from the gruesome burns she received in the suicide by quadruple murder.