OK, well sadly this happened in my town.
The media here says "allegedly" before everything. They think they will get sued if they dont, or a lawyer will use it as a defence. Rubbish I know, but thats the way it is.
The Westgate Bridge was built inthe 70s, collapsed once when under construction and killed 45 men. Since then, depending on who you listen to, between 1 and 3 people jump off it every week to die. death is instant, no one has lived. It has a rail fence, say 1.3 meters high like you would expect on any normal bridge. The bridge is closed to pedestrians. Pressure has been on govt for some time to erect anti suicide fence.
The girl was thrown from the bridge, 50 metres to her death. She would have died instantly. She was found 15 minutes later, dead. She was only "alive" as far as the airbag and cpr were moving things.
The father, white, middleclass, working, would have thrown the other two children off the bridge if not seen. The bridge has surveilance cameras, but nothing has been said about these. he was going to toss all three off "If I cant have them, you cant" mentality.
It will evolve as a custody matter. He was already in the family court deciding over such matters. He was arrested outside the Family Court, where he was due to appear that day. You can only imagine how he was planning to get off on the look of his wifes face when he told the court he no longer had the children.
Make no mistake, a cold blooded horrific murder of the worse kind imaginable. That poor girl, imagining what went through her head makes me cry. Her poor siblings, ruined for life.
As for the murderer, if he spends one day in jail, in contact with ANY other prisoner, he will be killed in a flash and we ALL wish that would happen. He will most likely be locked away with other child murderers though.
If he has a smart lawyer, plays the insane game, he might get life, meaning Id say 20 years in this case. He could also get a genuine "life" sentence although this is rare for killing one person.
Last year, remember the animal here that drowned his 3 children by driving his car into a dam and claiming a blackout he got life. But that was because it was 3 lives. So this latest scum can claim "life without parole" would be unjust.
a jury will not buy insanity, I can assure you of that.
Unfortunately, the media here has commented and shown things that it should not have and is in contempt. His lawyer could argue that he cannot get a fair trial because of it. The media got into his house and took pics of notes and things, published them, so there is a REAL chance he might not be tried. or be deemed unfit to plead, insane asylum for the rest of his life.
I think he wil get 20 years, suicide in jail first chance he gets.
I am sorry to have to bring you this news. Everyone here is naturally appalled. Shocked and so angry. We all want to kill him, even lil old ladies.
You can google for local reports on the state and circumstances, both physical and psychological of the two other children in the 4wd, however I would advise you not to. It will only make you sick.
God help them both and their poor mother.