Father Throws His Daughter Off A 60m Bridge.

 :: News

Go down

Father Throws His Daughter Off A 60m Bridge.

Post by Vi on Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:36 am

Had to post this, its shocked everyone.

TheAustralian.com.au
A DAY after reaching an agreement with his estranged wife over access to their children, a father allegedly threw his four-year-old daughter off Melbourne's West Gate Bridge while her two young brothers watched.

Arthur Phillip Freeman, a 35-year-old IT professional from the leafy eastern suburb of Hawthorn, was yesterday due to take Darcey Iris, 4, Benjamin, 6, and Jackson, 2, to their first day of school and creche for 2009.

Instead, Mr Freeman - who apparently gave no indication of his intent - allegedly got out of his 2004 Toyota LandCruiser 4WD at about 9.15am and threw Darcey over the edge of the bridge, where she fell 58m into the Yarra River.

Horrified motorists, who claimed Mr Freeman acted so quickly that they were helpless to stop him, immediately called emergency services. Ten minutes later, water police pulled Darcey out of the river and desperately tried to resuscitate her before she was rushed by helicopter to the Royal Children's Hospital with internal injuries.

Darcey died just four hours later and Mr Freeman, who was later arrested and charged with murder, was last night on suicide watch.

The Australian has established that Mr Freeman and his wife, Peta - who separated in March 2007 - had a long-running disagreement over property and access to their three children.

It is understood the couple had on Wednesday reached a compromise that increased Mr Freeman's access to his children.

Mr Freeman had been driving from his parents' house in Aireys Inlet, on the Great Ocean Road, when he stopped on the West Gate Bridge.

Mrs Freeman sounded the alarm yesterday morning when her children did not appear at school and her solicitors then contacted her husband's lawyers.

"We (were told) the children hadn't been delivered as planned," said Mr Freeman's lawyer, Zelma Rudstein, from Rudstein Kron. "And then we heard the news on the internet."

She said there were no signs that such a horrific event might take place. "We knew him to be a very devoted father," Ms Rudstein said.

"It's totally out of left field and devastating. Nobody had any indication ... he seemed fine," she said.

"They (the Freemans) reached a compromise that allowed them both to move on. The events are unexpected and totally devastating for all concerned."

It is understood that Mr Freeman and his estranged wife had shared access to their children before he headed to England for work last year for a few months.

The children then went to live full-time with Mrs Freeman and it is believed she wanted to keep it that way when he returned so their lives would not be disrupted.

But The Australian understands Mr Freeman did not agree and wanted a return to earlier contact arrangements involving his daughter and two sons.

The couple reached a compromise on Wednesday that increased his access to the children.

Mr Freeman was late yesterday excused from appearing in Melbourne Magistrates Court because of "acute psychiatric distress" amid fears he might attempt to take his own life.

Authorities arrested Mr Freeman at about 10.30am after he drove to the Commonwealth Law Buildings in central Melbourne with Benjamin and Jackson.

Described by witnesses as being distressed and in a "catatonic state", Mr Freeman walked in and asked a security guard: "Can you take my kids for me?"

Concerned about his welfare but unaware of what had happened on the bridge, security called police and paramedics to help calm Mr Freeman. Drinks were provided to his two sons and it was not until he began talking that authorities realised who he was and what had occurred.

His car, parked at the front of the building and which was later towed away by police, had a child booster seat and children's toys scattered on the back seat.

Homicide Squad Detective Inspector Steve Clark said it appeared witnesses on the West Gate Bridge had had no chance to prevent the tragedy.

"It's all happened fairly quickly, as I understand it, nobody had the opportunity," he said. "He's got straight out of the car, taken the young girl and walked to the edge of the bridge."

Inspector Clark said the girl's mother had been helping police "the best she can in terrible, terrible circumstances".

He said the incident shocked police and paramedics.

"It's a dreadful set of circumstances, and often you think you've seen it all but you haven't," he said. "It's particularly distressing obviously for family members but for the witnesses who saw what occurred, a number of those people are upset and I've got a number of police here who have young children themselves, who have had to deal with it."

Victorian Premier John Brumby said it was a terrible tragedy.

"It's such an awful, horrible thing to happen to the child," he said. "As a father I think, what are the circumstances that could possibly bring this about? I just shuddered when I heard about it ... you just shudder, you just think, how can that happen?"

Melbourne Magistrates Court was told Mr Freeman had been assessed by a forensic psychiatrist and was unable to be interviewed by any members of the homicide squad.

Magistrate Lance Martin remanded Mr Freeman in custody until May 21.

Makes me feel sick to my stomach. How could someone do that? I have a 3 year old cousin and the thought of someone so apparently close to her doing something like that literally makes me shudder.

_________________
Go Banana
avatar
Vi
Admin

Location : Melbourne, Australia

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Father Throws His Daughter Off A 60m Bridge.

Post by Maddie on Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:35 am

I read about this yesterday.

So terrible Sad Poor wee thing
avatar
Maddie

Age : 28

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Father Throws His Daughter Off A 60m Bridge.

Post by Donna.♥ on Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:00 pm

Unbelievable. He must have some sort of mental disorder. Only explanation for such disturbing behaviour.
avatar
Donna.♥

Age : 27
Location : Melbourne, Australia

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Father Throws His Daughter Off A 60m Bridge.

Post by Vi on Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:01 pm

It just disgusts me. I drive over that bridge quite often and its quite a drop. I feel for those who witnessed it. I just can't believe you'd kill your own flesh and blood. It was premeditated and that. He's a sick fuck and deserves the death penalty IMO.

The poor mother, god i don't know what i'd do if one of my children died before me. Thats one of the worst things ever.

The poor little angel was starting school that day and everything. She would have been so excited. She trusted him with her life and her poor brothers who witnessed it. Eughhh *shudders*

_________________
Go Banana
avatar
Vi
Admin

Location : Melbourne, Australia

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Father Throws His Daughter Off A 60m Bridge.

Post by SmileAWhile on Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:54 pm

This has been all over the news over here too. It's such a sad story, it's difficult to understand why anyone would do such a horrible thing but I guess there are some twisted people in the world Sad

_________________


Top Summer Heights High Quotes
Mr. G: This is a big show I did last year, Tsunamarama, which was about the Tsunami tragedy set to the music of Bananarama.
Ja'mie: I love your bins, they're so random.
Jonah: Fuck you, miss. I said, "Puck you" with a 'p'. Donít you even know how to spell, miss?
avatar
SmileAWhile

Location : London, UK

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Father Throws His Daughter Off A 60m Bridge.

Post by Hamishmash on Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:58 pm

Well you can't really comment on a story like this. It's upsetting.
avatar
Hamishmash
Moderator

Age : 27
Location : Glastonbury, UK

View user profile http://www.hamishsteele.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Father Throws His Daughter Off A 60m Bridge.

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top


 :: News

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum