Hannah Clarke Inquiry Hears How Murders Devastated Her Parents’ Lives In Emotional Victim Statement



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Hannah Clarke’s parents have described how the murder of their daughter and her three children at the hands of her estranged husband destroyed their lives, leaving them with “no escape” from the “shadow of that moment.”

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Rowan Baxter killed Ms Clarke and their three children Trey, 3, Laianah, 4, and Aaliyah, 6, by pouring petrol into their car in a Brisbane suburb in 2019.

Her parents, Sue and Lloyd Clarke, read an emotional victim statement as the inquest into their murders.

Her voice broke, Mrs. Clarke said she was unable to pack the girls’ room as they left it two years ago.

She said their home had once been filled with noise and chaos from young children, but was now “very quiet.”

Sue and Lloyd Clarke read an emotionally charged victim statement as they investigate their daughter’s death.AAP: Jono Searle

Ms Clarke said: “There was not a single part of their lives that was not affected by their murders”.

“What we have suffered has cost us so much,” she said.

“We struggle to articulate the emotional and mental impact of this crime.”

Ms Clarke said both she and her husband were forced to give up their jobs because of “the mind-boggling and shocking nature of our loss”.

“Why would you hurt us, Daddy?”

Mr Clarke told the inquest that if he could speak on behalf of Hannah and the children, they would probably ask the same question, “why?”.

“Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey would say, ‘why would you hurt us, Daddy? Why take away our future? Why take away our laughter…our dancing? Why didn’t you love us like a father should ?’ †

“Hannah would say ‘why weren’t you a better man? A better father, a better husband?’

“Why did you have to be such a coward and bully to us for so many years? And why couldn’t you leave us alone to live our lives in peace?”

“As a society, we also need to ask ourselves why this could happen. Why weren’t Hannah and the children given real protection?

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