I recently read the story of a woman, Kelly Thompson, who had been murdered by her ex partner in February 2014 and was currently the subject of an inquest.
During the inquest it came out that Kelly had called the police 38 times in the few weeks leading up to her murder. Let me repeat that. 38 times this woman fearing for her life, called the police begging for protection, which is what the police are there for: You know the thin blue line and all that…If the police can’t protect our vulnerable and desperate Aussie women, where do they go?????
One woman who I know personally was threatened by her recently separated husband. She felt the threat was of a credible nature. She went to the police and was told the police can’t do anything until he actually touches her. I found this advice deeply disturbing.
I also had the same experience when my wife and daughters were being threatened by another woman. I went to the police after several weeks of the most vile threats and after they were escalating in the detailedness of the physical threats include knowing where my girls attended school etc. I was told by the police that they can do nothing unless she actually hurts one of my family. This is an insane situation.
Now this blog is not anti-police: it’s a blog questioning our law makers. The police can only do what the law allows them.
Clearly in Kelly’s case, the law has failed.
I wrote a blog in September 2015 titled When Are We Going To Be Outraged About The Number Of Aussie Women Killed By The Men Who Used To Love Them? Click here to read that blog. In the blog I cited a case of the utter failure of the Justice System to protect a pregnant women kicked and beaten by a former partner. Or more accurately to hold him accountable for his actions and therefore serve as a deterrent for him and for other males who may be thinking of getting violent with their partners. Here is a quote from that post.
Today the front page of the Courier Mail carried the story of a man who, high on ICE, bashed his pregnant girlfriend until she became unconscious and then when she came to, he did it again. And get this. He was on a suspended sentence for domestic violence. So what message did the justice system just deliver to the beaten women of Australia. The female magistrate wished him well and set him free. HE WAS SET FREE. When is the justice system of Australia going to start siding with our vulnerable women? There are 2 women a week killed in our nation by the men who used to love them. Ten News tonight reported that Queensland police receive 350 domestic violence related calls for help every single day. This is not ok!!!! Be outraged Australia about the way we are allowing our women to be beaten and killed. The police seem powerless to help and the justice system seems to be a revolving door for offenders that get a slap on the wrist and released.
Surely with the high level of Domestic Violence in Australia right now, the powers we give our police men and women should be reviewed and cases like Kelly’s should be treated differently.
Here is another quote from my blog citing the case of Tara Brown:
This morning a young Gold Coast mum, Tara Brown, died two days after her former partner ran her off the road and beat her. She had been to the police last week begging for their intervention but had been turned away after being told they could not help her.
Let me emphasise the shocking point of Tara’s story….’she had been to the police last week begging for their intervention’.
Kelly during the weeks leading up to her death called the Police 38 times. I imagine there was desperate begging and pleading……It simply shouldn’t be this way.
Prime Minister Turnbull pledges $100 million to fix the domestic violence situation in Australia. Unfortunately none of that goes to fixing the holes in the laws that disempower the police.
Here is the full story taken directly off the Herald Sun Website.
A WOMAN called police 38 times in the weeks before she died at the hands of her violent former partner, who had tried to run her over and strangle her before he stabbed her to death.
An inquest heard Customs broker Kelly Thompson, 43, had taken legal steps to protect herself from Wayne Wood, who killed her at her Point Cook home in February 2014.
Their bodies were discovered by police three days later.
A coronial inquest has today heard Wood tried to strangle Ms Thompson, run her over and had stalked her on a number of occasions in the lead-up to their deaths.
Counsel Assisting the Coroner, Rachel Ellyard, told the hearing Ms Thompson had phoned police at least 38 times in the weeks before she died.
“Kelly died in her home, she died in bed, but she died violently,” Ms Ellyard said this morning.
Ms Thompson’s mother, Wendy, told the inquest the death of Luke Batty, who was killed by his father a day after her daughter’s murder was discovered, had compounded her grief.
Mrs Thompson broke down as she read from a lengthy witness statement during the first day of the inquest into her daughter’s violent end.
“We will never see Kelly’s beautiful, smiling face again, or hear her laugh.
“There is no more Kelly, no more little ray of sunshine, and there should be. Kelly’s death should never have happened. It was preventable,” she said.
Mrs Thompson said she and her family held a deep anger for Victoria Police, who she claimed didn’t arrest Wood for breaching a court order.
“Kelly might still be alive,” she said.
Mrs Thompson said Kelly was denied critical information from authorities that could’ve saved her, saying she wasn’t told the immediate period following separation was the most dangerous for victims of domestic abuse.
She also claimed there had been a conflict of interest in local detectives investigating her daughter’s death given the alleged failure of police in her area to intervene in the lead-up to her murder.
She said in the aftermath of Kelly’s death a compassionate detective had told her “down the track we’re going to be shown to have stuffed up here.”
Shawn Donnelly, who set up an importing/exporting business venture with Ms Thompson and Wood, said Wood was often drunk and aggressive during a business trip to China and the Philippines in late 2013.
Mr Donnelly said Wood was also jealous and “was going off his tree” when Ms Thompson was briefly escorted somewhere by a Philippine local.
“I remember him saying he was going to kill himself and he was going to kill her, too,” Mr Donnelly said.
The inquest heard Ms Thompson has whispered to a passer-by in Wood’s presence to call police after claiming he had tried to choke her.
Point Cook man Steven Hall said he had been confronted by Wood driving erratically in the area on January 1, 2014, before seeing Ms Thompson walking down the street in a distressed state.
“I asked her if she was okay and she replied, ‘not really. My partner tried to strangle me’,” Mr Hall said.
He said Wood then drove back and almost wedged Ms Thompson between Wood’s car and his before saying “get the f— out of here.”
“I was told by (my partner) Judy that this woman had whispered to her to call the police,” he said.
A triple-0 recording of Mr Hall’s phone call to police minutes after the confrontation was played to the court and he said he later saw a police car outside Ms Thompson’s home.
Its time for a change.
That’s what I think.
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