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Article from: AAP
January 02, 2008 11:05am

A MAN charged over the rape and murder of his 10-year-old daughter had been receiving treatment for mental illness, a Brisbane court has been told.

The 39-year-old man, who cannot be named, was today remanded in custody after facing Brisbane Magistrate's Court.

The appearance followed the discovery yesterday of the girl's body in the bedroom of a holiday home at Bongaree on Bribie Island, north of Brisbane, by her brother and sister about 8.30am.

The unemployed Brisbane man was arrested yesterday afternoon at Mt Glorious northwest of Brisbane after a police search for him and his seven-year-old son.

He faced court today charged with murder, rape and indecent dealing of a child under 10.

The man's solicitor Neil Lawler told the court his client had been under an involuntary treatment for mental illness.

Outside court, Mr Lawler said his client had been released from the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital on December 22.

He was not required to enter a plea and was remanded in custody to appear in the same court on March 10. He will undergo further treatment while in custody.

Libs want inquiry into Qld child's death

Article from: AAP
January 2, 2008 - 7:39PM

Queensland's opposition has called for a public inquiry into the state Child Safety Department after a man being treated for mental illness was charged over the rape and murder of his 10-year-old daughter.

The 39-year-old unemployed funeral director, who cannot be named, was on Wednesday remanded in custody after appearing in Brisbane Magistrates Court.

The girl's body was discovered in the bedroom of a holiday home at Bongaree on Bribie Island, north of Brisbane, by her brother and sister about 8.30am (AEST) Tuesday.

The man's solicitor, Neil Lawler, told the court his client had been under an involuntary treatment order for mental illness.

Outside court, Mr Lawler said his client had been released from the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital on December 22.

The man, from Bardon in Brisbane's west, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at Mount Glorious in Brisbane's north-west after a police search for him and his seven-year-old son.

He faced court on Wednesday charged with murder, rape and indecent dealing with a child under 10.

The seven-year-old boy and two siblings, believed to be aged six and nine, have been taken into the care of the Department of Child Safety.

In a statement issued late Wednesday, the Department said it knew the family as a result of "low-level concerns" which did not meet the threshold for an official notification.

The statement said it relied on the community to report alleged child abuse and neglect in order to undertake a risk assessment.

It added that it had no knowledge of the father's mental health status and as the matter was currently before the courts, it could not comment further.

But acting opposition leader Mark McArdle said the department needed to provide some answers.

"I want the Child Safety Department to reveal all contact it had with this family," Mr McArdle told AAP.

"I'm not satisfied with an internal investigation - if they are going to hold one.

"The history of this department since 2004 when (former Premier) Peter Beattie said it would be cleaned up and properly funded has simply gotten worse.

"There is now an overwhelming case for a full investigation into the department and for any inquiry to be held in a public vein with public consultation with people who have interests and also (who are) concerned about how the department is running."

Mr McArdle also called for more transparency on whether mental health authorities and Department of Child Safety personnel had communicated with each other on the case.

The man will undergo further assessment and treatment at the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre, west of Brisbane, ahead of his next appearance in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on March 10.

The Department of Child Safety said an independent child death review would be conducted.

"This review will then be referred to the Child Death Case Review Committee, which is chaired by the Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian," a statement said.

"It would be inappropriate to pre-empt the results of this review.

"The Child Protection Act 1999 (the Act) allows the department to commence an investigation when it is in receipt of sufficient information regarding alleged harm or risk of harm to a child."

'No point blaming Govt' over girl's rape, murder

Wed Jan 2, 2008 5:31pm AEDT
ABC News

The Mental Health Council of Australia says it is pointless trying to blame the Queensland Government and mental health agencies over yesterday's death of a 10-year-old girl at Bribie Island, north of Brisbane.

The girl's 39-year-old father appeared in court this morning charged with murder, rape and indecently dealing with a child under 16 of lineal descent.

He has been remanded in custody until March 10.

The court heard he was placed under an involuntary treatment order before the incident and was released on December 22.

Mental Health Council spokesman Simon Tatz says mental illnesses are complex.

"It is not uncommon for someone to be assessed not at risk, not to be admitted into a mental health unit or for treatment and then subsequently the situation is changed, often with tragic consequences," he said.

"This doesn't always mean the system is at fault."

Mr Tatz says the situation is tragic and more resources are needed.

"Looking for simple answers to blame at this stage is not helpful," he said.

"This goes back to the whole complexity of how we treat people with the mental illness, the services that are offered, the community care that is offered and the ability for people who are suffering from some form of mental illness to seek early and appropriate treatment."

Neighbours shocked

Bribie Island residents have described the murder as an unbelievable tragedy.

Neighbour Janine Williams says she is in shock.

"It was dreadful, I mean the whole neighbourhood just can't believe it, it's a terrible thing to happen to a child," she said.

Shirley Dunn says she did not hear anything.

"That's the most devastating part. We were sitting on our balcony celebrating New Year's Eve," she said.

Children's Commission begins Bribie Is murder probe

Posted January 22, 2008 08:48:00
ABC News

The Children's Commission will today begin interviewing people as part of an investigation into the murder of a 10-year-old girl at Bribie Island on New Year's Eve.

The child's 39-year-old father has been charged with her murder.

He had been released from involuntary treatment for a mental illness just nine days before her death.

Commissioner Elizabeth Fraser says all agencies involved in the case will be questioned.

A report is expected to be finished by the end of March.

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What value do we and governments really place on the lives of families and children who have a mentally ill parent ?

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WHEN nine-year-old "Tom" was asked to draw a picture of himself with his mother be drew her trying to strangle him.

Tom entered the world of adults too early. If he was ever immune to the complications and pain of life that adults try to shelter from children, he says he can't remember.

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Her doctors did not bother to enquire about my father and I.

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“ I grew up thinking - Nobody wanted to help. Nobody wanted to know.”

Hi, I had a mentally ill mother. She passed away last year. I literally grew up hanging around mental hospitals because my Mom's condition was a cycle that always ends in a mental hospital. When I was younger, there was a long period when I cried my eyes out every time I was separated from my mentally ill mother because she had to stay in a mental hospital. After I grew older, my Mom's mental illness became impossible for me to bear.

Literally, my Mom's mental illness ruined my life. I think. I had to struggle extra hard for everything because of my big handicap at home. There was no support at all from anyone other than my father. Nobody else wanted to know about it. My mother's own cousin even said to my father not to bring my Mom to their place. I grew up thinking - Nobody wanted to help. Nobody wanted to know. My mother's own sister has been complaining since 2000 and her last complain was on 5 July 2014. This particular aunt keeps complaining about the same thing. That she had to take my Mom for her weekly injections and complained that my father and I was not around to do it. Then, she goes on to say that she saw my Mom beat me up with a cane. When she said that, I asked my Aunt, you saw my Mom beat me up with a cane? She said yes and than, she walked away.

I feel very sore with this aunt. Number one, the period she was complaining about was when I was still schooling and my father's and my mental health had deteriorated so badly that we had to leave the state for our own sanity. Before joining my father, I had to live alone with my Mom and my baby sister for almost a year. My aunt who lived a few minutes drive away did nothing when my Mom beat me up every day for months until my father managed to cut the red tape to remove me. My body was full of bruises and I was terrified to go home after school. Nobody helped. Not the neighbours who can hear all my mom's shouting at me, nor my aunt, nor my grandparents, nor my school's teachers. Someone should had intervened for a 12+ little girl. No adult helped. My father was trying his best to get me away to stay with him. Nobody helped him.

On XXXXXXXXXXXX, my Mom's sister let slip she saw my Mom beat me with a cane. And yet she did nothing! My aunt even had the cheek to say that my Mom beat me up because I said I wanted to go live with my father. The way my aunt said it was like the beatings were wholly my fault. What is wrong with the picture? You have a 12+ girl being beaten up daily, you are an aunt who knows something is going on and did nothing. Yet for years later you complain about having to take your own blood sister for her injections. And, I do not think she did it for longer than my own experiences. Probably only a few times because my father and I had to travel frequently to see to my mother. Due to the cyclic nature of her illness.

I have been going with my father when he took my mother for her weekly injections as a little girl, knee high, ever since I can remember. My own aunt is so calculative. There was a nurse that visits my Mom to give her her injections. But, the problem is my Mom will not let the nurse into her house that is why the intervention is needed. I have lost count on the number of times I had to go with my Mom for her injections as a little girl.

Her doctors did not bother to enquire about my father and I. They only listened to her stories and full stop. I think my Mom's doctors are the most heartless people I have ever met in my life. Until today, I do not like anyone who officially practices psychology because those doctors etc... contributed to my life being ruined. That is how I feel. I have been scolded by my Mom's medical team and they even dumped my Mom on me after I just turn 18 and there was no other adult around. And, they knew the situation. I was terrified because my Mom was a very violent. My Mom has pitched me, beaten me up, she has biten me with her teeth, she has smashed my head against the table and threatened to beat me with a piece of hard wood. I experienced all these as a little girl at the tender age of 12+ I had to learn karate to protect myself from her violent ways. And, when my Mom was home, I would lock my room's door and place a chair against it. I was that terrified of her.

All our belongings can go missing because my Mom is good at that sort of thing. You never know what is what with my Mom. It is like having a criminal live under the same roof as you.

My aunt kept repeating to me that on my mother's death anniversary I will have go visit her cemetery. I live in a different state from where my mother's cemetery is located. And, my aunt knows that very well. However she repeated her question to me until I said yes. I hate being forced to do something against my will because I have been forced to do things against my will my whole life.

My life is in ruins because of my mother's mental illness and people like my aunt is perpetuating the troubles for me after my mother's death. When I was 12+, my mother's mother said to me that it is my father's job to take care of my mother. In other words, my father's job and mine. And, they never lifted a finger to help. Just helping a little, my aunt has been complaining about the same thing for more than a decade. Unbelievable. Shameful.

Even though my father and I lived in a different state from my mother, we had to travel up and down every weekend because that is demanded of my mother. Sometimes, we had to travel after school and upon our arrival, she won't let us in and we had to travel all the way back. And, my father will not let me sleep at home as it is a school day, I had to go to school. My education was very important to my father. My mother could not be bothered if I succeeded or not.

I have seen more than any of my Mom's relatives have seen with regards her mental illness but people whom I just met behave like I have no idea about my Mom like they are the authority on her behaviour and her illness. Goodness gracious.

Despite this huge handicap in my life I persevered with my studies. My Mom did not give me any moral or emotional support at all. In fact her mental illness cycle will peak just or during my important exams. In other words, I had to deal with my exams and on top of them a mentally ill mother. By my final year in university, I could not take the pressure of exams and a mentally ill mother's break downs anymore.

When I was in my teenage years and early adult years, I was suicidal. I had to call Befrienders a lot. Thank God for Befrienders.

Before XXXXXXXXXXdate, I do not wish my experience to be experienced by anyone else because it is torture. However, after feeling how hard hearted my aunt is. A so called holy person, a church goer, rich person who has successful kids and grand kids. And, she can talk like it is my fault that my Mom beat me up and she (my aunt) had to take her (her own sister) for her injections when I was a kid. I really wish that my aunt must reincarnate as my father (a few lifes) so that she can eat her own words. If my aunt reincarnates and is put in my father's shoes, she would really deserve it. Hope she learns compassion through it all.

Why can't the world give children of the mentally ill a break? I am so fed up with all this troubles that stem from my mother's sister's attitude towards my father and I. After all shel lives a great lives. Rich live. What is wrong with these people? I really cannot stand them. This is my story.

After I wrote the above - I am more myself now, and I totally forgive my aunt and everybody who did nothing to help my father and I. And, everybody else who were heartless towards my father and I. However, I still think that by living a few life times as my father (my aunt) - would do her some good. But, knowing her character, she might become a psychopath and pose a threat to humanity. My father is a very, very kind soul. My aunt is a hard hearted, prejudiced, narrow minded, one tracked mind person.

How I cope? Trying my best to keep out of their way, and hang out with positive people. There are plenty of great people out there. Nnaami is included :)


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