Coroners found that numerous support services and domestic violence protection orders were “insufficient” to prevent a woman from being killed by her ex-husband at a McDonald’s restaurant on the Gold Coast.
More than six years after the violent trials, the shocking abuse that Karina Rock experienced in the hands of her divorced husband Stephen was revealed in a non-cause inquiry published by Vice Coroner Jane Bentley. rice field.
Karina was shot dead by Stephen at a McDonald’s restaurant on September 10, 2015, around 9 am after a dispute between the two in a parking lot.
Witness David Udinga explained that a loud noise was heard and Ms. Rock was screaming, “Help, help.”
Mr. Rock got out of the car and ran to the restaurant and said, “He’s going to kill me.”
Despite Udinga’s attempt to get Locke back into the car, the estranged husband swung his gun and said to Udinga’s head, “Do you want to die?”
“When Rock escaped from the car and entered the restaurant at great risk to himself, Udinga tried to help. He should be praised for his courage and selflessness.” Said Bentley.
Mr. Rock wrestled with his ex-wife at a restaurant and strangled her before shooting her head.
Then he pointed his gun at himself.
Ms. Bentley said Ms. Rock was physically and verbally abused during her marriage and tried to leave her husband several times.
She said Locke had experienced a serious mental health problem that was “exacerbated by his problematic substance use.”
Ms. Bentley said Mr. Rock manipulated his wife to keep her married, and there was evidence that he often spoke to her in a “degrading, aggressive and demanding” way in front of others. rice field.
Mr. Rock’s diary, discovered by post-mortem police, is intended to harm Mr. Rock and his children, including shooting and killing him and his children and organizing “hits” through biker gangs. I outlined a chilling plan.
Ms. Bentley said in her entry a threatening comment to her family, the terms of reconciliation “more affectionate” and “holding hands and putting her arms around me”, and her faith in Jehovah’s Witnesses. Said that the mention was included.
“It strongly suggests a significant deterioration in Mr. Rock’s mental health,” Bentley said.
A protection order was issued at the time of their death after Mr. Locke attempted suicide and threatened to burn his family’s home in 2013.
In her findings, Ms. Bentley said Ms. Rock received a high level of support from support services, health care systems, and Queensland Police.
“But, like the domestic violence protection orders that came into force, the support provided by the service was not enough to protect her from Mr. Rock,” she said.
“A more integrated approach could have made a difference in tragic consequences.
“But it’s unlikely that you’re doing that.”
Ms. Bentley said that Queensland’s domestic violence services and legal reforms continue to be identified and implemented, with former judge Margaret McMurdo leading the task force on the issue.
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“Help, help”: Carina Rock’s horrific plea before being killed by her ex-husband Stephen Rock
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