“When he kills me, he’ll be in jail and what occurs to the youngsters?” the 31-year-old requested her mum Sue Clarke in a dialog about making a will the week earlier than her loss of life on 19 February, 2020.
“I do know in my coronary heart he’ll kill me,” she advised good friend Lynne Kershaw quite a few instances.
And, in a chilling word discovered after Rowan Baxter’s loss of life, he wrote: “I am ending your recreation. I do not wish to play anymore. I’ve advised the children that you simply cherished them. They are going to miss you, I am certain.”
Hannah treaded rigorously round her controlling husband for years, whereas he handled his household as possessions and his three kids – Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey – as pawns, Mrs Clarke advised the inquest in Brisbane on Thursday.
The inquest has been advised Baxter regularly threatened to take his personal life throughout their marriage, wished intercourse day-after-day, referred to as Hannah a “fats pig”, would not let her put on shorts or pink clothes – “as a result of that is for youngsters” – and needed to win races together with his younger children.
“She was all the time strolling on eggshells and making an attempt to toe the road,” Mrs Clarke stated.
She stated Baxter additionally handled her terribly from across the time Laianah was born.
Baxter as soon as dropped Mrs Clarke on her face whereas coaching within the health club, reducing her lip.
He thought it was hilarious, telling her to “harden up”, Mrs Clarke stated.
“He lacked empathy with everyone,” she stated.
Lloyd and Sue Clarke discuss to the media as they go away the Brisbane Coroners Court docket for the inquest in Brisbane, Thursday, 24 March, 2022. Supply: AAP / JONO SEARLE
Finest good friend Nicole Brooks advised the inquest of Hannah saying she was choked by Baxter when he was “filled with adrenalin” after a jujitsu class and telling her: “You haven’t any concept what I am able to.”
Baxter continued to see the youngsters after the couple separated, however on Boxing Day in 2019, he fled with Laianah, disappearing for greater than two days.
Police intervened, returning her to Hannah.
Mrs Clarke stated Aaliyah was frightened after the kidnapping, needing to be consistently reassured she wasn’t going to her father’s home.
“Even then when she did need to go she’d be on the footpath crying, not eager to get within the automotive and clinging to Hannah, and he (Baxter) would seize her by the arm and fling her to the automotive and say ‘get within the bloody automotive, I am your father'”, Mrs Clarke stated.
After Hannah first talked to police in early December, she appeared to know what she was experiencing was household violence, although Baxter hadn’t bodily assaulted her.
Ms Brooks went to police on 13 February due to their fears.
“I stated, ‘I am certain he’ll take them out'”, Ms Brooks advised the inquest.
However officers stated they could not do something till Baxter “does one thing”.
“I stated, ‘what if you aren’t getting a second likelihood?'”
Baxter acquired into Hannah’s automotive simply after she left her dad or mum’s Camp Hill house to take the youngsters – aged six, 4 and three – to high school.
He poured gas inside and set it alight.
The badly burnt adults escaped the automobile, however Baxter, 42, stabbed himself with a knife, dying close by.
Hannah died later the identical day in hospital.
Hannah Clarke along with her kids Aaliyah, Laianah and Trey on the primary day of faculty 2020. Supply: SBS / , Provided by Sue and Lloyd Clarke
Requested about Baxter’s actions that killed her daughter and grandchildren, Mrs Clarke stated she did not assume he knew the way to love.
“His type of love is as a possession,” she stated.
Mrs Clarke advised the inquest Hannah was “a stupendous soul”, shiny, bubbly and filled with empathy.
She wished individuals to know her daughter was robust, cherished her kids and “would have fought anybody to avoid wasting them”.
Mrs Clarke stated Aaliyah was articulate and shiny, a powerful baby who stood as much as her father, whereas Laianah, who they referred to as Little Center, was a “little dynamo”.
Trey was the apple of his mom’s eye and a mummy’s boy, she stated.
Mrs Clarke stated specializing in Hannah’s legacy and giving her a voice helped her get off the bed every day.
She hoped for extra understanding and consciousness about household violence, together with by way of ads and schooling campaigns.
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