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    Posted: 07/June/2012 at 13:50
My eldest son passed away in August of 1999 during a fire which destroyed the (then) family home. My kid's father had in the week previous to the fire, gone and removed all the door handles from the internal sides of the doors, so that my son and his brother could not enter our side of the house and "interrupt" his carnal needs ( to be polite about it ). It is something that has eaten at me for a long time now, and due to an emotional and mental breakdown in recent months, it was advised to me that I should possibly seek lawful retribution for the actions of their father, and that as a result my children could not escape the house when needed,(what I believe is a major contribution to my son's death) but I'm not to sure how or what is the best way to approach this, as it is still a very tender subject and although my son passed on a while ago, the memories are still very much at the front of my mind.

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  Quote PMCL Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/June/2012 at 14:16
Was a coronial inquest held?
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  Quote inkyfeet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/June/2012 at 15:16
I am unsure, have been in contact with the Coroner's Office in Brisbane and am waiting to hear back from them.

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  Quote shoeverine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/June/2012 at 16:26
To your knowledge, is this (the doorknob removals) something that had come to the attention of the qps or qfrs or the coroner? or is this some sort of secret which has been kept under wraps til now?

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  Quote PMCL Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/June/2012 at 16:55
Originally posted by inkyfeet

My eldest son passed away in August of 1999 during a fire which destroyed the (then) family home. My kid's father ...


I don't want to be overly pedantic, but as the boy's Dad you would know whether the death was the subject of a coronial inquest. Please explain your initial sentence which I've quoted above. Are you his father? If so, who removed the door handles?

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  Quote AsiaOilDude Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/June/2012 at 17:45
Wow. I suspect this would have been noticed by the fire investigators but you never know.
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  Quote citizen181 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/June/2012 at 17:56
PM I read and understood the OP to be the mother.

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  Quote PMCL Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/June/2012 at 22:15
OK. In hindsight I should have as well.
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  Quote inkyfeet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/June/2012 at 23:12
PM, I am his Mum and to answer your question, it was my children's father who removed the door handles. My understanding is that an inquest is similar to a hearing ? In which case, no there wasn't an inquest but in having said that, I am waiting to hear back from the Coroner's office to confirm what was reported when.
I recall questions being asked in the immediate aftermath of the fire regarding certain aspects of the house by both Police and Fire services which attended the scene but I couldn't tell you what was told to them or by whom.

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  Quote shoeverine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/June/2012 at 23:47
Can you recall any questions being asked to you? if so what?

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  Quote inkyfeet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/June/2012 at 00:12
Honestly, no I don't remember what questions I would of been asked. I do recall walking through the house with members of the Fire and Rescue team, as well as people from the arson squad who investigated in the week after the fire but as far as actual conversation goes - my memory is limited at best.
Details regarding the morning of the fire itself and the week leading up to it are clear as day.

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  Quote shoeverine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/June/2012 at 13:10
Who knows? if you dont remember anything meaningful about the events, then it is difficult for anyone to give you any useful advice. I suppose you could try contacting the police. Call up the communications centre nearest to you. Tell them that you were involved in a fatal fire in 1999, and that you want to provide some information to investigators about it. Someone should be able to get back to you at some stage.

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  Quote AsiaOilDude Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/June/2012 at 18:22
I hope you're not conjuring up false memories.
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  Quote inkyfeet Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09/June/2012 at 22:27
conjuring up false memories ? No, I'm not.

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