The family of the Gold Coast mother of three, who was allegedly murdered by her estranged partner, has broken their silence following the tragedy.
27-year-old Kelly Wilkinson’s burned body was found in the backyard of her Arundel home on Tuesday morning before her ex-partner Brian Johnston was found with serious burns two blocks away.
He remains in hospital but has been charged with murder and breaching a domestic violence order.
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It’s now been revealed that Johnston was released on bail for serious charges just eight days prior.
Kelly’s family spoke to Channel 7 last night, Kelly’s sister Natalie saying that she’d tried desperately to get help.
“I would drive her to the police station almost every day, to make breaches and reports, and still nothing had moved any further,” Natalie said.
“One of the last things she was told is, ‘the DVOs been put in place, we just need to give him space’,” Kelly’s other sister Danielle said.
Queensland police have admitted they failed Ms Wilkinson, and will now conduct an internal investigation.
“It’s the best commitment we can make for the family friends and kelly herself is to accept that, understand that, and look as to how we can do things better,” Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd said yesterday.
A Go Fund Me page was set up for Kelly’s three children, all under the age of nine, who was at the house at the time of the horrific incident.
One of Kelly’s sisters plans to raise those three alongside her own five children.
Father Reg told Channel 7 that the money, which had reached almost $150,000, will go to good use.
“The eight children sharing a couple of bedrooms is hard, trying to transport the kids around. The whole thing is hard,” he said.
The family is now pleading for police to be harsher on those who breach DVOs, and to do more to protect people.
“If DVOs are broken, put them in jail, straight away. It’s only to protect the person, and if they’re saying they need protection, give them protection,” the family said.
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