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Australia Hannah Clarke's brother speaks about the murder of her and her children

10:40  25 february  2020
10:40  25 february  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Murdered mother Hannah Clarke ' s courageous last moments have been revealed after she was Ms Clarke and her children , Laianah (bottom) Aaliyah (top) and Trey (held by his mother) were Hannah had spoken about her plans at a Police Citizens Youth Club while visiting a friend the day before she

Hannah Clarke's brother has spoken of his horror at how his sister and her children suffered as they were murdered, while a women's legal service warns there has been an increase in calls from women saying their partners have threatened to kill them the same way.

a man looking at the camera: Nathaniel Clarke says the last thing he said to his sister Hannah was, © Provided by ABC NEWS Nathaniel Clarke says the last thing he said to his sister Hannah was, "I love you." (ABC News: Chris Gillette) Ms Clarke and her three children were murdered in Brisbane last week by her estranged husband, Rowan Baxter, who doused them in petrol and set them alight.

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The family of Hannah Clarke have revealed shocking insights into the controlling behaviour Rowan Baxter Speaking with Nine’ s A Current Affair, Hannah ’ s parents Lloyd and Suzanne Clarke and her brother Nathaniel gave an insight into her Because he’ll go to jail for murder , who gets my children ?

In an interview with 7.30, her brother, Nathaniel Clarke, said the thing that "cuts me the deepest" is that Mr Baxter made them suffer.

"It wasn't quick. It was planned and executed," Mr Clarke said.

"He had a plan that night when he called the kids and he was a blubbering mess. He knew what he was doing then. He had it all planned out, he knew what he was doing the following morning.

"He couldn't even do it quick. That's the worst thing. He made them suffer, and her."

Angela Lynch, CEO of the Women's Legal Service Queensland, told 7.30 the service had been inundated with calls since the incident.

"We've had clients and women saying that their perpetrators and their partner is saying they're going to do what he did to them. They are fearful and something inside them has said, 'I could be next'," Ms Lynch said.

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'My heart broke'

Hannah Clarke with her son Trey Baxter. © ABC News Hannah Clarke with her son Trey Baxter. Mr Clarke said the day his sister was killed was "the worst day of my life".

"I was out in the paddock working, and the bloke I work with called me in and said, 'Look, you've got to take this, it's personal'," Mr Clarke told 7.30.

"I took it and my wife couldn't get the words out. I got: 'You need to come home', and then silence. And my heart broke. I didn't know if it was my kids, I didn't know what was going on.

"And then the next thing she said is: 'He killed them all.'"

Mr Clarke called his father, who told him Ms Clarke was in intensive care.

"I didn't know the magnitude of what had happened," Mr Clarke said.

"It had been explained on the phone what sort of had happened, but I didn't know the whole nation had already stopped."

'He seemed at the start like a good bloke'

Hannah Clarke with Rowan Baxter with their three children, Aayliah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3. © ABC News Hannah Clarke with Rowan Baxter with their three children, Aayliah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3. Mr Clarke said looking back, there were little signs over the years that things were wrong in his sister's relationship with Mr Baxter.

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Hannah Clarks parents Lloyd and Suzanne Clark embrace during a vigil for Hannah Clarke and her three children . Source: AAP. Baxter murdered his children and former partner by setting the car they were in alight while Hannah was doing the morning school run.

Nathaniel Clarke , brother to Hannah Clarke , speaks at a vigil to remember her. Ms Clarke succumbed to her injuries that night after receiving burns to 90 per cent of her body. Rowan Baxter and Hannah Clarke with their children Laianah, Aaliyah and Trey.Source:Facebook. Killer dad ‘in counselling’ before murders .

"He seemed at the start like a good bloke," Mr Clarke told 7.30.

"There were a few things but you didn't see, obviously, what we've seen now. You couldn't have seen that from the start."

He said one of the "small things" was that he and his sister suddenly started having less contact.

"You think something's wrong but you can't put your finger on it," Mr Clarke said.

"You just sort of think, 'Oh, it's just family problems between you and your sister' … but to look back, in a big picture over a timeline, you can now see triggers, I suppose, of, 'OK, this makes a lot more sense now on what he was trying to do'."

Mr Clarke said his brother-in-law's controlling nature was more obvious in the last two or three years.

"He was the type of person that had to win everything, had to be the best at everything, really didn't like when he wasn't," he said.

"He had to control every moment he was in.

"To be one of those people, it does make you selfish, and that was it. It was all about him."

Mr Clarke said he never contemplated Mr Baxter was capable of killing.

"Hannah had her suspicions that he might try something to her, but we all thought, 'No, he couldn't'.

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"It was just a vicious attack to make her suffer as long as he could. And that was it. It was just — I still can't get over it."

Demanding sex every night 'not normal'

One of Ms Clarke's closest friends, Lou Farmer, noticed problems in Ms Clarke's marriage several years ago.

Hannah Clarke and Rowan Baxter on their wedding day. © ABC News Hannah Clarke and Rowan Baxter on their wedding day. "The way he'd speak to her, and I know other people at the gym saw it, it was just a bit more aggressive," Ms Farmer told 7.30.

"The sex every night really got to me because I was just like, 'That's not normal'.

"[She] says she put up with it because otherwise he wouldn't talk to her for days."

Ms Farmer said things began to unravel when Ms Clarke ended the relationship late last year and moved in with her parents.

Ms Clarke took a domestic violence order out on Mr Baxter after he kidnapped one of their children for four days in December.

"He was one step ahead of her all the time. He knew conversations that she hadn't talked to him about — maybe us or another person — he knew of it and prompted her, so he had some recording," Ms Farmer said.

Ms Farmer believes Mr Baxter must have had "some kind of device" to spy on Ms Clarke.

'Last thing we said was I love you'

Asked if he felt the system had failed his sister, Mr Clarke said he did not.

Nathaniel Clarke is supported by his father Lloyd Clarke and Councillor Fiona Cunningham during his speech at the vigil for her and her three children on Sunday. © AAP: Sarah Marshall Nathaniel Clarke is supported by his father Lloyd Clarke and Councillor Fiona Cunningham during his speech at the vigil for her and her three children on Sunday. "I think the system that they've got is quite good, I just don't think it accommodates for people like him," he said.

"Through this whole experience she had amazing support from the police. They did absolutely everything they could.

"She did everything she could to fight him in the legal system but she knew, just from the feeling herself, that she felt supported but not safe."

The last time Mr Clarke saw his sister was a recent day out at Sea World, where the siblings had both taken their kids. As they left the theme park they hugged.

"The last thing we said to each other was, 'I love you'," he said.

"That was the one thing my parents always brought us up to do.

"It doesn't matter if you're on the phone at work to your dad, we'll always say it."

If you or anyone you know needs help:

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978

Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636

Headspace on 1800 650 890

ReachOut at au.reachout.com

Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN) on 1800 008 774

Mourners to 'March 4 Hannah' across Australia today .
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