'Trust The Process': Texts Reveal Hannah Clarke's Hope For Future Before Abusive Ex Burned Her Alive
Heartbreaking text messages from Hannah Clarke show the mum-of-three was excited for a new life away from her ex-husband, less than two months before he murdered her and their children.
Clarke and her three children were killed by Rowan Baxter on Wednesday in Camp Hill, Brisbane after he doused the family car with petrol and set it alight.
10 News First can exclusively reveal text messages between Clarke and a friend, who has asked to remain anonymous, discussing an upcoming court battle and her hope for the future.
The first message, dated January 1, showed Clarke was excited for the new year and even praised the Queensland Police for helping her escape her former partner.
"Things are pretty bad but I'm so glad I took the big step," she said.
"I have all my babies back together and they can't be taken again (for a while at least!) thank god for amazing police officers going above and beyond.
"I'll get there and 2020 will be my year."
On January 7, a "nervous" Clarke and the woman exchanged messages about a magistrate hearing set to take place the following day.
"I'm pretty sure he (Baxter) will contest the DV which is fine we have plenty of evidence," Clarke replied.
"He hasn't seen the kids yet. He was allowed to call them or FaceTime them but he hasn't."
Clarke said she was being supported in court by her father and a police liaison officer.
"I'm sure it will all be ok," she said.
"I just have to remember to trust the process."
Clarke said her honesty during the court process meant she had "nothing" to worry about.
"The universe will always reward you," she said.
The woman praised Clarke for leaving her ex-partner and offered strong words of encouragement to her friend throughout her court battle.
"The cycle of violence, harassment, and emotional abuse is horrible - as the victim, you always think it's your fault or that you can't get away," the friend said.
"You have broken that cycle."
Detective Inspector Mark Thompson confirmed on Thursday Queensland Police had dealt with both Clarke and Baxter in relation to domestic violence issues in the past and had referred both to support services.
"When it comes to Hannah we have dealt with her on a number of occasions and worked with the Brisbane Domestic Violence Centre in supporting Hannah throughout her family issues," he said.
Thompson also confirmed domestic and family violence paperwork and applications had been put to court and been granted.
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