William Wilson killed heavily pregnant mum Helena Broadbent after arguing with her about NAPPIES
A beaten to death father who fought his heavily pregnant partner over dirty diapers before putting her to death has been sentenced to a minimum prison term of just two years and two months.
William Wilson, 38, knew his frantic partner Helena Broadbent had tried to grab the child seats from the back of their Mitsubishi Triton when he left on September 28, 2019.
He was determined to get away from their home in Keilor Downs, north-west Melbourne, to hide in the mountains and smoke bongs after the minor bickering.
Police allege Ms Broadbent and William Wilson, 35, argued over dirty diapers in their shared home and he left in the ute
William Wilson, pictured outside Melbourne’s County Court of Victoria in 2019, left his pregnant partner for dead
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The 32-year-old suffered a catastrophic brain injury when she fell backwards from the vehicle.
She was 26 weeks pregnant with the couple’s third child at the time.
On Friday, her killer was sentenced in Victoria County Court to a total of three and a half years in prison, of which 130 days, of which he has already been on remand.
Wilson was determined to take the case to court but changed his mind when he received a sentencing notice from Judge Gerard Mullaly last month.
He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving which resulted in death and failure to stop after the incident.
The court heard Wilson had been tapped in the run-up to the event after his partner discovered he had a gambling problem.
So concerned about the hulking loser, Mrs. Broadbent was forced to issue an intervention order forbidding Wilson from hurting her.
On the day Mrs Broadbent was to die, the couple had gotten into a series of heated arguments during which Mrs Broadbent called 911 repeatedly.
Ms Broadbent, 32, suffered a ‘catastrophic brain injury’ when she fell backwards from the Mitsubishi Triton in suburban Melbourne and died in hospital after giving birth to a girl by Caesarean section
The first time she called, she told the operator that she was afraid Wilson would leave with the child seats still in the car.
She was so concerned that she asked the operator if she could break the windows of the vehicle to get to the seats.
The next time she called, the call was transferred to the local police station, where Mrs. Broadbent told an officer that Wilson refused to help her change a dirty diaper.
The concerned mother told an officer she had two children, was pregnant and that Wilson had used cannabis.
While he was on the phone, Wilson left in the car, which still had the baby seats on board.
The court heard that the couple continued to argue via text all day until Wilson returned home.
On Mrs. Broadbent’s third call to emergency services, she said that Wilson had threatened to kill her and that he was carrying a hammer.
Again Wilson paused in front of the car.
Operators listened as Mrs Broadbent gave chase and yelled that she needed the child seats.
“He’s going to drive off with me and I’m in the car,” she was heard to say.
The operator heard her scream and then shut up.
William Wilson to leave Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in 2020. He left the mother of his children for dead
A triple zero operator heard an argument, screams and then silence during a phone call from pregnant woman Helena Broadbent (pictured) who died when she was ‘thrown’ from a car allegedly driven by her partner, a court has heard
The tragedy was captured on CCTV cameras on the street.
The court heard that Ms Broadbent had attempted to remove the seats when Wilson mounted and threw her into the road with fatal consequences.
The court heard that Wilson knew his partner had gone to the ground, but ran off anyway.
Wilson was picked up later that evening with 14.2 grams of cannabis in his possession.
He was on his way to his permanent “shelter” in the mountains as surgeons fought to save the life of his unborn child.
Wilson told police he was determined to get away from his partner.
‘I have to get out. The police shop is five minutes away. It takes them 30 seconds to get there once she’s called,” he said.
Wilson said Mrs Broadbent had thrown open the back door and demanded the child seats when he left.
“I looked at her and she ran next to the car and I thought, ‘What the f**k’. I didn’t say anything because I just had to go,” he told the detectives.
The court heard Wilson saw his partner ‘tripping’ as he turned the corner.
“The screaming had stopped. I looked around and she’s not there. She tripped,’ he said.
Wilson said he drove away because he couldn’t bear the embarrassment of neighbors staring at him.
“It’s bad enough now. I’m driving home, I have to keep my head down. I can’t watch my neighbors,” he said.
Ilson said he was embarrassed to show his face to his neighbors because of his partner’s screams. He left her to die on the road trying to get their children’s safety seats out of his vehicle
Wilson told detectives he knew his partner had fallen.
“I knew she tripped well. I’m sure she tripped, that’s what I thought. And I thought, “Honey, let’s go, let’s go while she’s not fucking hanging on the car,” he said.
In an emotional victim statement, Ms Broadbent’s mother, Tracy Broadbent, who now looks like the couple’s three children, spoke of her pain over her daughter’s death.
“I can’t even put into words what he’s done. He destroyed my soul, crushed me,” she said.
At sentencing, Judge Mullaly said he accepted Wilson regretted his actions and was now suffering from severe depression.
He went on to accept that jail time would be more severe for Wilson due to the current restrictions on movement within the prison system in connection with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
“Mr. Wilson, I have no doubts about your decisions and the fatal consequences will carry you as a burden for the rest of your life,” he said.
Wilson was also convicted and fined $500 for possession of cannabis and banned from driving for the minimum 18-month mandatory period.