Sunday, 6th September, 2015 — Kedron, Gold Coast QLD
Around 8am, 6-year-old Sydney* Playford was found dead in her bed at home, by her mother, Maria, 36, and Sydney was unresponsive to efforts to revive her. It is believed that Sydney died several hours earlier, probably around 5am, the time that Sydney’s father, Stephen Philip Playford, 52, an oil industry executive, left the family home in his Mercedes 4WD. Playford was found several hours later, taken to hospital (not specified why), taken into custody, and charged with Sydney’s murder either Sunday evening or Monday (varying reports). There were no obvious signs of cause of death, so the assumption would be possible suffocation, but police have not released any details. In a shocking development on Monday evening, police charged Playford with the attempted murder of Sydney’s 8-year-old sister, the sisters shared a bedroom. Playford has been remanded in custody, and did not appear at the first court session on Tuesday. His next court appearance will be on the 28th September (although lawyers have indicated a videolink appearance). It is believed that Playford will apply for bail at the next court date (an application unlikely to meet with success, in my opinion).
Sydney was a well liked, lively six year old girl, who will be sadly missed by her mother, sister, and many friends. Her local Jiu-jitsu club have named an award after Sydney. My condolences to all affected by Sydney’s passing, which came exactly one week after Father’s Day in Australia. Sydney’s mother, Maria, does not have any family in Australia, and it comforting to know the local community are supporting her and her surviving daughter.
*The spelling of Sydney was given as Sidney in a later report.
Tuesday, 8th September, 2015, shortly before 8.45am — Molendinar, Gold Coast, QLD
Shortly before 8.45 am on Tuesday, 24-year-old Tara Brown dropped her 3-year-old daughter off at a Nerang child minding centre, and was ambushed by her recently former partner, Lionel Patea, also 24. a car chase ensued, resulting in Ms Brown’s vehicle running off the road, down an embankment, crashing into a house and leaving the vehicle on its side. While still trapped in the vehicle, her recently estranged partner (I will drop ‘allegedly’, witnesses saw him do all this) ran down the embankment, and repeatedly struck Ms Brown, still trapped in the vehicle, with an object (variously reported as a brick, a lump of metal or a rock), about the head and face, until she was “unrecognisable”. Ms Brown was taken by ambulance to hospital, where medical staff assessed she was unlikely to survive her injuries. In the meantime, Patea was charged with attempted murder, driving offences, and breaching orders. Just last Thursday, Ms Brown had gone to a police station to report her fears, and text messages that Patea had sent her, but she was only issued with a temporary DVO. Local police had clearly missed an opportunity to do more to protect the victim, a police investigation is underway.
On Wednesday evening, Ms Brown’s life support was turned off, and she died shortly afterwards. Charges against Patea were then upgraded to murder.
Patea had fled the scene shortly afterwards, stealing another vehicle. He turned himself into police some hours later, presenting with what police report as allegedly self-inflicted stab wounds to the neck and chest. Patea had a previous history of violence, with biker gang-related charges. Far too much media attention focused on Patea’s biker connections, when in reality, even more ‘non-bikers’ and ‘regular Joes’ have committed similar and just as horrific violence against women and children, this week, this year.
Ms Brown and Patea had been romantically involved since high school, both were from New Zealand. Jessica Palmer, aunt to Ms Brown’s daughter, Aria, and sister of the accused, has vowed to take care of Aria, with many thousands of dollars already raised. Condolences to Ms Brown’s family and friends left behind.
Tuesday, 8th September, 2015, 11pm — Lalor Park, Sydney, NSW
Police were called around 11pm to the address in Lalor Park. Upon arrival they found the body of a 63-year-old grandmother (unnamed) in her front yard, and the body of a 7-year-old boy, her grandson (unnamed) in a neighbour’s yard, both deceased from stab wounds and other injuries. Nearby, police disarmed a 35-year-old man, armed with a knife, the son of the deceased woman, and uncle of the deceased child. He was quickly charged with two counts of murder, and assault of police. The arrested man has also not been named, which may indicate the family are of First Australian (Aboriginal) origins. Early reports indicated that the drug ICE, was common in the neighbourhood, and that this was an ICE-related double homicide. Horrifically, the boy’s two sisters and a female cousin, were reported to have witnessed the attacks. My condolences to the children, family, and others affected by this horrific double homicide, may sorry business pass gently.
Thursday, 10th September, 2015, 7.30am — Wacol, SW of Brisbane, QLD
In an attack eerily similar to that of Tara Brown just less than 48 hours earlier, an unnamed woman, 44, was run off the road by her estranged partner and attacked by a machete. Luckily this woman did escape with non-life-threatening injuries to her head and neck and has survived this attack, thanks to a number of residents of the street intervening in the attack. The woman, from Somalia with three children, moved to Australia as refugees five years ago. She had recently separated from the alleged perpetrator, aged 51. The perpetrator has been charged with “one count each of attempted murder, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, going armed so as to cause fear and common assault”.
Although this dramatic and public attack of a woman made the news, primarily in part because of the similarity to Tara Brown’s murder, and in part because of the very public nature—many other women over Australia would have been injured to varying degrees, from minor to seriously, within the same period.
Thursday, 10th September, 2015, 9.15am — Helensvale McDonald’s, Gold Coast, QLD
Karina Lock, aged 49, agreed to meet her former partner at the Helensvale McDonald’s, despite the history of domestic violence. Ms Lock had just moved to the area one month ago, after separating from husband, Stephen Lock, aged 57.
The meeting was clearly a ruse set up with intent to harm her by the perpetrator. The usual ruses being “we need to work things out” or “I am sorry” or the ruse of visitation with the children. Whatever the ruse was, we are unlikely to know—but it is important for all women in such situations to know these common ruses by DV perpetrators.
Very quickly, the meeting had become frightening for Ms Lock, who, after meeting the perpetrator in the car park, ran into the McDonald’s, screaming something along the lines of “he’s going to kill me”. Less than a minute later, he entered the restaurant, grabbed her and shot her twice, before shooting himself, in front of stunned onlookers. His staging of kneeling over her, before shooting himself and falling upon her, all deliberate, all a sign of domination over her.
Ms Lock died shortly afterwards. Lock himself was taken to hospital with life-threatening (self-inflicted) injuries and not expected to survive. He died on Friday.
Ms Lock was the mother of four, and had custody of (presumably the youngest), a teenaged daughter, with whom she had moved after the separation. My condolences to Ms Lock’s family and friends.
That was this week in Australia, primarily Queensland, from Sunday to Thursday. Less than one week, in a population of around 25 million, far less than the UK, far, far less than the US. To be fair, last week was ‘quiet’ on the DV homicide front, but this week has more than made up for that.
In the last five days, a 6yo girl, 24yo woman, 63yo woman, 7yo boy, and 49yo woman are all murdered. One woman, lucky to be alive.
In Australia, this year is shaping up to around two-thirds of women murdered, were murdered by current or former male partners (current partners being around 50%). Most of the 62 women killed so far this year have been killed by someone they knew, most in DV circumstances. We still are not even up to counting women’s suicides due to being victims of domestic violence, and highly suspicious deaths ruled as suicides. The death toll is, in reality, far higher than the 62, which in itself, is far too high.
What about the men? During the same period (since 01 Jan 2015), I know of only seven males killed in domestic violence incidents. All seven, killed by other males. (January, QLD) woman and her new partner killed by her former partner. (March, QLD) man shot by son, his male friend also injured. (April, QLD) man stabbed to death by his partner’s former male parter. (June, NSW) a woman, and the father & son helping her, killed by her boyfriend of only a few months. (July, SA) male sporting person killed by son. (August, NSW) man killed by male flatmate. Thus far, in 2015, no adult males have been killed by females or female partners. Adult males make the minority of DV homicides, and the majority are still killed by other males. Women make the majority of victims. Domestic violence homicides have a distinct, and unarguable pattern. It is primarily a male against female crime, and it is about time something was done to stop it.
Channel 10’s The Project had an excellent report, following this week’s horrendous DV death toll. Of particular merit was the discussion that, yes educational and perpetrator programmes play their part in the future, but so much more is urgently needed to save the current victims right now:
What is our government, our male “Minister for Women” doing about all this? I am told they were this week debating digital television, possibly for watching football and other sporting events. Clearly their priorities are male interests, and no interest in women, and children, dying at the hands of men they know.
Yes, we have a “terroist threat” going on in Australia, but it is not from Islamic State. It is from Aussie Dude. And the targets are Australian women and children. It is about time the Australian Government dealt with the REAL terrorist threat in this country, and zip it, with the lip service. No more Royal Commissions or Task Forces, feminists have been telling you for decades what the problem is (male entitlement, male domination, female subordination and gender roles) and how to fix it (funding to women’s services, police and court training programmes, education programmes, perp programmes, and most importantly, and end to male domination).
The governments, state and federal, have no more excuses to continue to let this happen. The death toll is now on you. Stop fobbing it off on vague ‘community problems’ (to which there is zero funding, utter lip service).