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Brother of Hannah Clarke burnt alive slams the killer as a 'monster'

by Alisha Ringrose (2020-04-05)


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Rowan Charles Baxter, 42, killed Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three, by dousing them in petrol and setting them alight at Camp Hill, in Brisbane's south-east, as they left for school at 8.20am on Wednesday. 

Hannah Clarke managed to escape the burning Kia Sportage but was scolded so badly her skin was melting off and she looked like 'someone in a war movie' as she tried to rescue her children.

The 31-year-old shrieked 'my children are in the car, save my children' as horrified neighbours forced her to roll over and sprayed water on her to douse the flames, Daily Mail Australia has been told. 

Former NRL player Baxter was 'going crazy' and telling residents not to help his children before he stabbed himself to death. Ms Clarke was rushed to hospital where she died last night from her horrific injuries.

In a moving Facebook post on Thursday morning, her brother Nathaniel Clarke described the killer as a 'heartless monster' and revealed his parents had funded his sister's custody battle.

'My mum and dad have given every little thing they own to help my sister try and get away from this monster,' he wrote.

Mr Clarke said he had had recently reconnected with his sister and the last thing she said to his wife was that she was looking forward to a 'great' year.






Rowan Charles Baxter (left), 42, killed his wife Hannah (right) and their three children by dousing them in petrol and setting them alight at Camp Hill, in Brisbane's south-east, as they left for school at 8.20am on Wednesday







Taken too soon: Hannah Clarke is pictured centre on her wedding day next to her brother Nathaniel and her mother Suzanne

















Left: Hannah Clarke pictured with her 'main man', son Trey in a beach snap. Right: Mrs Baxter on her wedding day with her husband







Grim aftermath: A burnt-out Kia Sportage is seen on Raven Street where Rowan Baxter murdered his three children and estranged wife by dousing them in petrol and setting them alight







In a moving Instagram post (pictured) on Thursday morning, Mr Clarke said he had recently reconnected with Ms Clarke and revealed she had told family she was looking forward to a 'great' year







On Thursday morning dozens of family and friends visited the scene of the tragedy to pay tribute to Ms Clarke







Mourners pay their respects at a makeshift shrine near the scene. Mothers were seen kneeling by the flowers with children


'Yesterday I had my sister, nephew and two nieces taken from me in the worst way possible by a heartless monster they called their dad,' Mr Clarke wrote.

'Everyone who has been lucky enough to be a part of their lives would know just how sweet and loving these kids and my sister really were. 

'The last thing my sister said to my wife was 'I'm so excited this year will be great'.  

He added: 'I'm so grateful she and I got to reconnect and become such close friends before this tragedy. I will forever love you all.' 

Mr Clarke's wife Stacey also slammed Baxter in the wake of the savage murder-suicide, calling him a 'disgusting human'.

She said Ms Clarke's parents, Sue and Lloyd, had 'exhausted themselves to try and help Hannah escape this monster'.

'My beautiful sister in-law and my nieces and nephew had their lives taken by a disgusting human being they called their father,' Mrs Clarke wrote in a fundraiser to help cover funeral costs. 

'For all those who knew Hannah or had even just met her once, they would know how much of a beautiful soul she was... All she ever wanted was happiness. Her children were only a reflection of her.' 






Ms Clarke's brother Nathaniel Clarke (pictured with his wife Stacey) described the killer as a 'heartless monster' and revealed his parents had funded his sister's custody battle







Mr Clarke's wife Stacey also slammed Baxter in the wake of the savage murder-suicide, calling him a 'monster'. She shared this photo of Hannah Clarke with her children









Grief: Two women embrace as they lay flowers at the scene of the grim tragedy in south-east Brisbane on Thursday morning


The shocking murder-suicide unfolded just metres from the home of Ms Clarke's parents on Raven Street in Camp Hill.

The couple broke up late last year after more than a decade together. They were locked in a custody battle after Ms Clarke moved to the property with the children.   

Neighbours from the old family home 3km away in Carindale told Daily Mail Australia the kids hadn't been to visit their father much since the separation. 

Baxter took the marriage breakdown badly and was living as a virtual recluse with his dog at the former family home. 

In the backyard a basketball lay on the grass and children's clothes and bed linen were hung on the clothesline and had been left there for weeks, according to a next-door neighbour.






Aaliyah (left), six, Laianah (right), four, and Trey (centre), three, were killed in a quadruple murder-suicide on Wednesday morning when their father set their car alight on their way to school 







Baxter often expressed his adoration - both for his wife but for his children as well - all over social media (Pictured with his two daughters)







The shocking murder-suicide that has left Australia reeling unfolded just metres from the home of Ms Clarke's parents on Raven Street, Camp Hill, as she drove her children to school







Baxter flooded his Facebook site with photos and videos of his children, describing them as 'my world'







Pictured: Rowan Baxter and Hannah Clarke. Hannah died in hospital after suffering serious burns