Police officer employed when two children were murdered by their bad father, breaks off in court and remembers how it took THREE HOURS for officers to respond to a frantic plea for help
- The two children of Anatoria Takiwa were brutally murdered in 2016 by their father
- WA The police took three and a half hours to do a welfare check on the children
- Mrs. Takiwa went to the police after her alienated partner threatened her
- An investigation is currently being conducted into the actions of the police
- A police officer who was on duty at the time cried in court on Wednesday
A police officer employed when a Perth father murdered his two young children cried in court while expressing condolences to the mother who had already alerted officers to her concern before the tragedy.
Jason Craig Headland is serving a life sentence of at least 31 years after he is guilty of murdering five-year-old Zaraiyah-Lily Headland and three-year-old Andreas Headland in a Yanchep house on October 20, 2016.
The West Australian Coroners Court investigates police actions immediately before death, including the three and a half hours it took to send officers a welfare check after the children's mother Anatoria Takiwa told them about the threatening phone call of her estranged partner.
Anatoria Takiwa & # 39; s children, five-year-old Zaraiyah-Lily Headland and three-year-old Andreas Headland (pictured together) were murdered by their father in 2016
There is currently an investigation at the West Australian Coroners Court that investigates police actions just before the death of the young children (pictured left, pictured right with their mother)
Jason Craig Headland is serving a life sentence of at least 31 years after he has been found guilty of murdering his two children. Depicted with son Andreas
In the call, he said: & 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. & # 39;
Senior agent Christine Barnes, whose last name was Darlington at the time, became emotional when Mrs. Takiwa cried and read a statement on behalf of herself and her colleagues.
& # 39; We would like to express our sincere condolences for the tragic loss of your beautiful children, & # 39; the officer said Wednesday.
& # 39; We came to the police to save lives and make a difference. In the rare occasion we cannot do that.
& # 39; We also carry that burden every day. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. & # 39;
Senior police officer Barnes, then acting sergeant at the district control center, asked a recruit and a sergeant to get more information from Mrs. Takiwa about the situation.
Mrs. Takiwa contacted the police after her estranged partner (pictured together) made an impending phone call saying: & # 39; this is the last time you are speaking with your children & # 39;
At that stage, the police didn't have an address to send a vehicle to, she said.
Senior police officer Barnes said that no history of domestic violence had been reported, and she agreed with coroner Sarah Linton's suggestion that the police could not only adopt the worst-case scenario.
No matter how tragic the outcome was, the police acted well in conducting their investigations and did everything they could, she said.
Senior police officer Christine Barnes cried before she read a statement in court on Wednesday, just like Mrs. Takiwa (photo with her children)
Grandmother Lois May testified that when the police contacted her partner Douglas Headland to ask if he knew where the children were, she initially had no sense of urgency.
She also said that they had reclaimed their hearts and minds over and over that night.
Ms. Linton said it is unlikely that she will make recommendations in her findings and that any negative comments in & # 39; general sense & # 39; would be.
& # 39; It is not the case that someone has neglected his duty or acted wrong in a specific sense, it is more about missed opportunities, & # 39; she said.
Senior police officer Barnes said that no history of domestic violence had been reported, and she agreed with coroner Sarah Linton's suggestion that the police could not only adopt the worst-case scenario. Pictured: the children's last resting place
Coroner Ms. Linton said she understood that the investigation must have been difficult for Ms. Takiwa. Pictured: police investigation
Ms. Linton said the story itself might be enough for people to keep it in mind and use it as a learning experience.
She said that Headland was ultimately responsible for the tragedy and held responsible.
When he turned to the family, the coroner acknowledged that the investigation must have been extremely difficult for them and thanked them for their & # 39; huge & # 39; contribution.
& # 39; One of those tragic cases is that we are just trying to learn something from the coroner's perspective and then helping the community to understand it better, rather than trying to blame someone else. & # 39 ;
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