Woman targeted by Oz paedophile ring involving judges & politicians “kills self & her kids”
Mum suffered ‘catastrophic mental breakdown’ before killing daughters, herself
The West Australian
on July 29, 2016, 4:27 pmA coroner has ruled a mother killed her two daughters and then herself while in the midst of a catastrophic mental breakdown.
also called on government, mental health authorities and the Family
Court to work better together to avoid another similar tragedy.
Barry King ruled that Jane Cuzens, 12, and Jessica, 10, were murdered
by their mother Heather Glendinning at their Port Denison home in 2011,
before the 46-year-old killed herself with multiple stab wounds to
various parts of her body.
As previously unpublished details of
the horrific scene were revealed in the judgment, the ruling also said
that some of the build-up to the tragedy had involved “extraordinary”
failings of the system supposed to be helping the family.
included that a Family Court judge presiding over a bitter custody
battle involving the girls being told that a psychiatric assessment of
their parents could not be done.
Mr King recommended that in future the Family Court be permitted to ask for that information.He
also recommended that DCP and the Family Court “proactively share
information” where appropriate. He also suggested the Family Court
better explain how information about any mental illness might affect the
At an inquest into the deaths held in
Geraldton earlier this year, it was revealed Ms Glendinning had contact
with various health and legal authorities for years before the tragedy
but there was little or no sharing of information about her diminishing
Doctors, social workers, psychologists and
hospitals had all come into contact with Ms Glendinning, but not one
considered her a risk to herself or her children.
her former partner Harley Cuzens also raising concerns with authorities
about the welfare of his daughters, Ms Glendinning’s stress and anxiety
rose to a point on December 5, 2011 where she felt her only option was
to kill her two youngest children and then herself.Dr Adam
Brett, a psychiatrist with almost two decades experience, said the case
was a “mercy murder suicide” where the mother believed she had lost the
children and that her only option was to kill them, then herself.
being asked by the WA Coroner’s Court to review the case, Dr Brett
said though the horrific outcome was almost impossible to predict, there
had been opportunities to change Ms Glendinning’s “trajectory”.One
of those was in March 2010, when police in Dongara came into contact
with Ms Glendinning when she was making claims of the existence of a
paedophile ring involving judges and top politicians.
Police were so concerned they contacted local mental health services but Ms Glendinning refused to meet them.
If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline 13 11 14.
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