Australia has been under the control of the fathers' rights crowd for years now--and this is the result.
Dad PAUL ROGERS gets shared custody/visitation rights despite a history of domestic violence, including assaulting an unnamed woman. Mom actually gets physically ill from the stress very time he picks up the kids. Mom gets worried when he starts following her and living in his car outside her home. The freaking cops blow her off, saying it's not harassment. He ends up killing her and her new partner, and abducting their 5-year-old daughter. Unbelievably, the cops delay the issuing of a child abduction alert. (Because even dads who commit double homicides deserve their rights?) Then Daddy Dearest gasses the child to death, before doing in his own sorry self.
When will mothers and children have the rights to basic health and safety? When will the courts stop considering moms and kids mere "collateral damage" to The Daddy's Rights?
Father stalked, then killed ex
19th June 2012 12:00 AM
A FATHER of two stalked his ex-girlfriend before he murdered her and her new partner, kidnapped his own daughter then gassed himself and the daughter.
Chilling evidence has surfaced during the coronial inquest into the triple murder and suicide by Paul Rogers of Kyla Rogers (his five-year-old daughter), Tania Simpson (mother of Kyla and ex-girlfriend of Rogers) and Tania's partner Antony Way.
Rogers killed Ms Simpson and Mr Way in a Robina apartment on May 15, 2011, before snatching Kyla from her bed, driving to a remote spot on the Bruxner Hwy west of Casino and gassing himself and Kyla.
Tania Simpson's father, John Simpson, told the coronial inquest yesterday that Rogers had stalked Tania before the murders.
Ms Simpson and Rogers had an arrangement where Rogers would see their two children each Saturday.
Mr Simpson said Tania would be stressed, feel sick and even vomit before Rogers came to pick the kids up.
"But she never thought he would do anything to the kids," Mr Simpson said.
Ms Simpson and Rogers had been engaged but Ms Simpson called off the wedding in October, 2010 when they were living at a caravan park they were managing in Inverell.
Mr Simpson and his wife Julie Simpson lived in Inverell also.
Mr Simpson said Rogers took to cutting himself after the break-up.
The actions of the Queensland police service, including a delay in issuing a child abduction alert, are the main focus of the coronial inquest.
Broadbeach Police Sergeant Robert Smithson told the inquest on Monday he received a phone call for advice from Ms Simpson about Rogers' behaviour.
Ms Simpson told him how Rogers was following her in his car and was living in his car outside her home in Nobbys Beach.
Counsel assisting the coroner Peter Johns asked Sgt Smithson why that did not amount to harassment, a form of domestic violence.
Sgt Smithson outlined he did not believe the situation had got as far as warranting domestic violence in his mind, based on what he had been told.
The court heard that in Rogers's criminal history was a charge of assaulting a woman.