Monday, April 14, 2014

Protective mom urges justice system overhaul; her 11-year-old son murdered by dad (Tyabb, Australia)

We've posted on killer dad GREG ANDERSON before. Despite his history of violence, he was still allowed to visit his son in public. Unfortunately, even a public setting didn't save this boy from being stabbed to death.

Luke Batty’s mum Rosie Batty’s plan to stop deaths

Jon Kaila
Herald Sun

April 13, 2014 10:30PM

EXCLUSIVE: MUM Rosie Batty is urging an overhaul of the justice system, which she says could have saved her son from being killed at the hands of his dad.

Victims of family violence, backed by Ms Batty, want to be told when their violent ex-partners reoffend and are charged by police.

Ms Batty - whose 11-year-old son Luke was murdered by his dad Greg Anderson after cricket practice in Tyabb in February - said she did not know her former partner was being prosecuted for threats to kill just a week before Luke died and had only been made aware that he was facing child pornography charges by accident when negotiating variations to an existing intervention order.

“I’m living a daily nightmare of ifs, buts and maybes, and had I known about the charges, maybe I wouldn’t have let Luke spend those extra minutes with Greg and maybe he would still be here now,” she tearfully told the Herald Sun.

“I’m Luke’s mother, his carer, but no one was able to tell me. I would have thought it was a matter of concern that I should be aware of, but I wasn’t told.

“There is a big difference in my son being with his father who has child porn charges pending and threatening to kill someone.

“Greg showed escalating behaviour.

“Anything could have happened ... and it did.

“No one could have foreseen what he was going to do but in that situation, you’re just trying to make the best decisions, all the time, but you need the full information to make those decisions.

“You’re living in such a heightened state of anxiety and all these things make it a very difficult battle and add to your frustration.

The campaign has been warmly received by Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay.

“All victims of crime have the right to live a life free of fear,” Mr Lay said.

“We know that family violence has devastating long-term impacts on victims”.