Pimpama murder-suicide: Premier’s thoughts are with children

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has expressed her sympathy for the children of Teresa Bradford. Photo: Glenn HuntPremier Annastacia Palaszczuk has expressed her sympathy for the children of a mother killed in a domestic violence murder-suicide on the Gold Coast.
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Speaking from Yeppoon on Wednesday, Ms Palaszczuk described the incident as incredibly tragic.

“My thoughts and prayers are with those young children at the moment,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“At the moment I want to ensure that those young children are getting all the support that they need following the tragic death of their mother.”

Teresa Bradford’s children found her and husband David’s bodies in her Pimpama home about 6.30am on Tuesday and rushed outside to alert neighbours.

Police are investigating but believe Mr Bradford killed his wife before taking his own life.

The 52-year-old was on bail at the time for deprivation of liberty, choking and suffocation, assaults occasioning bodily harm and domestic-violence related common assault charges.

Ms Palaszczuk did not say whether she would commit to tightening or reviewing bail laws.

“We will look at all of those options, but in the first instance we need to let the police undertake their thorough investigation in relation to this matter,” she said.

“I firmly believe that we need to let the police do their thorough investigation. I’m happy that they look at all of those circumstances and all of those situations.

“I will say this – domestic and family violence in our state needs to stop.

“Now, we have trained magistrates, specialist domestic and family violence court is there with wraparound support services.”

But she said she would have a discussion with Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath and Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Minister Shannon Fentiman.

“I don’t know the circumstances, I’m not going to preempt the police investigation,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“This is an absolute tragedy.”

On Tuesday, Ms D’Ath ordered a briefing on the incident and the decision to release Mr Bradford on bail.

Women’s Legal Service Queensland coordinator Angela Lynch joined calls for bail laws to be urgently revised to prioritise victim safety.

“We’re calling on the Attorney-General to review the presumption of bail for domestic violence deaths,” Ms Lynch said.

“For instance, we know that if a man strangles his partner, the risk he will go on to murder her is significantly increased.”

Contact DV Connect on 1800 811 811 or the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service on 07 3217 2544 if you need help.

Support is available for anyone who may be distressed by calling Lifeline 131 114, Mensline 1300 789 978, Kids Helpline 1800 551 800.

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