Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Why Did He Do It?

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Why Did He Do It?

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AN unthinkable tragedy captured the eyes and hearts of Australians.

A five-year-old girl caught in the middle of a bitter break-up, killed by her father.

A mother of two trying to move on with her life after a painful separation, killed by her obsessive former fiance.

And a young, fit and happy Gold Coast man murdered by his new girlfriend's former partner.

Why this father of two could be driven to murder his own daugh- ter, his former fiancA[c] and her new boyfriend before killing himself is a question that may never be fully answered.

This week's inquest into the triple-murder-suicide detailed the events and emotions which led up to the horrific killing spree in May 2011.

It also highlighted the need for a wider definition of domestic violence and greater recognition of its links to homicide.

Tania Simpson and Paul Rogers were engaged and living with their children, Kyla and Bronson, in Inverell in 2011.

Tania's parents, John and Julie Simpson, had noticed their soon-to-be son-in-law's controlling nature and short fuse.

In October 2011, Tania called off the engagement.

A month later, Tania, her children and her parents moved to the Gold Coast and Paul followed.

He lived in his car and parked outside the Simpsons' Nobbys Beach unit complex.

Along with tracing Tania's movements, Paul was caught stalking Tania's mother.

Paul continued to be a constant presence around the Simpson residence until he ran into an old friend, Amanda Rizzo, who offered to take him in.

Tania started seeing Antony Way, a former friend of Paul's, towards the end of 2010.

Paul formed an unhealthy obsession with his former fiancA[c]'s love affair with Antony.

On May 11, 2011, he called Ms Rizzo and talked about changing his will.

The next day he phoned Ms Rizzo again, telling her he had proof of Tania and Antony's relationship after following the pair to Tania's Robina apartment.

Tania took over managing rights on the Robina unit complex on May 11, 2011, with security in mind. …

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