Gregory Meads murdered Helen Meads just four days after she said she was going to leave their marriage. Now that he has been convicted by a jury, some more information has been released. It turns out that he beat her savagely about 18 months before he killed her.
The details are in this newspaper report, and they are horrifying. The report is *triggering*.
What the Meads jury didn't hear
But it seems that at least one police office thinks that it's Helen Meads fault.
Detective Sergeant Rod Carpinter, the officer in charge of the murder investigation, said the case highlighted the need for people to seek help from police, Women's Refuge or another organisation help before family violence escalated.
"Here we have a woman who has lost her life, children left without their mother and their father facing a long term of imprisonment."
Dude, it highlights the need for Gregory Meads to stop being a violent arsehole. Gregory Meads was the man who threw the punches, Gregory Meads was the man who pulled the trigger, Gregory Meads is the man who is responsible for Helen Meads being dead, for the children being without their mother, and for their father (that would be Gregory Meads) being in jail.
Maybe it also highlights the need for police to press assault charges a little harder. I really don't understand why Gregory Mead's assault on Helen Meads was not prosecuted in the first place. If police had taken their responsibilities seriously, maybe Helen Meads would still be alive, and her children would still have their mother.
Enough with the victim blaming.