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Tara Brown’s mother calls for stricter laws to protect victims of domestic violence

Mother of the woman beaten to death with a fire hydrant by her jealous friend says the murder of Hannah Clarke and her children has brought back terrible memories – while begging for stricter laws to put obsessed men behind bars

  • Natalie Hinton has called for stricter laws to protect victims of domestic violence
  • Her daughter Tara Brown, 24, was beaten to death by her partner in 2015
  • Mrs. Hinton said the tragic death of Hannah Clarke “brought back painful memories”

The sorrowful mother of the murdered mother Tara Brown has spoken out about the murder of Hannah Clarke and has called for stricter laws to prevent domestic violence.

Natalie Hinton lost her daughter when she was killed in a brutal domestic violence attack on the Gold Coast in 2015.

Mrs. Brown was 24 years old when she was run off the road by her estranged friend, who then killed her with a fire hydrant.

Mrs. Hinton told me Gold Coast Bulletin the horrific murder of Hannah Clarke and her children last week forced her to relive the painful memories of losing her daughter.

Natalie Hinton, the mother of murdered mother Tara Brown, has called for stricter laws to help protect victims of domestic violence, in the aftermath of the horrific death of Hannah Clarke

Natalie Hinton, the mother of murdered mother Tara Brown, has called for stricter laws to help protect victims of domestic violence, in the aftermath of the horrific death of Hannah Clarke

Hannah Clarke died last week after being fired by her violent husband Rowan Baxter

Hannah Clarke died last week after being fired by her violent husband Rowan Baxter

Mrs. Hinton's 24-year-old daughter Tara (right) was beaten to death by her estranged partner Lionel Patea (left) in 2015

Mrs. Hinton's 24-year-old daughter Tara (right) was beaten to death by her estranged partner Lionel Patea (left) in 2015

Killed by their partners: Mrs. Hinton said Mrs. Clarke’s murder brought back the painful memories of losing her 24-year-old daughter Tara (right) – who was beaten to death by her estranged partner Lionel Patea (right)

“It has brought it all back. It was very similar to Tara’s case, “she said. “Because it was once again a most public expression of the murder of domestic violence.

“Every murder of domestic violence brings it back to me, but because Hannah was so similar in circumstances, it was a big hit last week … We need a new law that will stop these men.”

Mrs. Clarke, 31, was killed on February 19 in Camp Hill, Brisbane after her husband Rowan Baxter, 42, had killed her and their children in gasoline before setting fire to their car.

He then took his own life by stabbing himself in the chest.

Lionel John Patea pleaded guilty to bashen his former girlfriend Tara Brown (pictured together) in September 2015

Lionel John Patea pleaded guilty to bashen his former girlfriend Tara Brown (pictured together) in September 2015

Lionel John Patea pleaded guilty to bashen his former girlfriend Tara Brown (pictured together) in September 2015

Mrs. Brown had hid from Patea when she died and had an order for domestic violence against him

Mrs. Brown had hid from Patea when she died and had an order for domestic violence against him

Mrs. Brown, Patea and their child on a photo on social media

Mrs. Brown, Patea and their child on a photo on social media

Mrs. Brown had hid from Patea when she died and had an order for domestic violence against him

Since then, it has been known that Baxter had a history of abusing and controlling his wife and had violated a domestic order against him weeks earlier.

At the time of Mrs. Brown’s death, she had hidden herself from the father of her partner and child, Lionel Patea, a former Bandidos bikie, in a safe house and with friends’ homes.

Mrs. Clarke, 31, died in the hospital last Wednesday after more than 90 percent burns to her body. Her husband Rowan then took his own life by stabbing himself in the chest

Mrs. Clarke, 31, died in the hospital last Wednesday after more than 90 percent burns to her body. Her husband Rowan then took his own life by stabbing himself in the chest

Mrs. Clarke, 31, died in the hospital last Wednesday after more than 90 percent burns to her body. Her husband Rowan then took his own life by stabbing himself in the chest

Baxter, 31, jumped out of the white SUV (photo) sunk in flames, shouting 'he poured gas on me' and was shot off by a heroic bystander

Baxter, 31, jumped out of the white SUV (photo) sunk into flames screaming 'he poured gas on me' and was shot down by a heroic bystander

Baxter, 31, jumped out of the white SUV (photo) sunk into flames screaming ‘he poured gas on me’ and was shot down by a heroic bystander

She had adopted a domestic warrant for domestic violence just a few days earlier. The couple had a relationship for four years.

Mrs Hinton is now calling for stricter laws to help protect women from obsessive and offensive partners.

The grieving mother was one of hundreds of people who gathered outside the parliament building in Brisbane last week to take more action to protect the victims.

“We can all do something. Please don’t stand, look up and listen, “Mrs. Hinton said.

“We must come together as a whole, a community, a nation, a government.

‘Talk to your children, teach them. This is not right.’

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