Family to fight for change

Qld considers bail-system overhaul

2 February 2017

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The family of murdered Pimpama mum Teresa Bradford is demanding changes be made to domestic violence bail laws.

Queensland's announced a review of the bail system following the 40-year-old's death on Tuesday, allegedly at the hands of her estranged husband, who then took his own life.

David Bradford was released on bail a fortnight before the apparent murder-suicide, after spending 44 days behind bars on torture and serious assault charges over an alleged attack on his wife in November.

Teresa's brother Darren O'Brien says he'll be fighting to stop anything like this from happening again.

"In honour of my sister, we will fight to get this 'no bail' or some kind of ankle bracelet implement to stop [alleged offenders] from going near victims," he said.

The Attorney General is reportedly looking into a complete reversal of the domestic violence bail system, that would see the onus put on alleged offenders to prove why they deserve to walk free, rather than prosecutors arguing why they are a risk.

Speaking publicly for the first time since the incident, Mr O'Brien said the family appreciates the community's support.

"We are very overwhelmed by all the community coming together and thank everyone for their support, but please respect our wishes to have a chance to grieve," he said.

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