female victims of women as well as male victims of women
Psychologist Peter Miller, professor of Violence Prevention and Addiction at Deakin University, argues for the need for evidence-based approaches that include addressing contributing factors such as alcohol, drugs and mental health — issues commonly downplayed by those determined to see domestic violence as simply related to gender inequality.
I have to commend Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on addressing gender imbalance but I must also express my concerns re gender equality.
I'm not so sure that rightly addressing gender imbalance on Victorian Government Boards and Courts automatically means gender equality.
I hope people realise that all those who hold public office must be held to account to serve on behalf of the whole community with appropriate attitudes to both genders and reasonable, even-handed, gender-equal application of the law.
Mistress charged with killing boy, woman with garden shears
The 45-year-old allegedly assaulted Brian Mach, her former lover, at his home in Albanvale in Melbourne’s west, then tied him up and gagged him in the living room before entering the four-year-old’s bedroom. The little boy was being babysat by his grandparents.
She is accused of waiting at the property for 10 hours until Alistair’s grandmother, Mai Mach, 60, got home from work, before attacking and killing her in the backyard.
Throughout those 10 hours, Mr Mach “slipped in and out of consciousness as he was assaulted by the accused,” homicide detective Senior Constable Harwood told an out-of-sessions hearing overnight.
Liao, who is in Australia on a tourist visa, will appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court today charged with two counts of murder and one count each of intentionally causing injury and false imprisonment.
She had been in a relationship with Mr Mach, 61, for about three years but he recently called it off, Detective Leading Senior Constable Tony Harwood said.
He said Liao showed up at Mr Mach’s home about 6am on Tuesday — while he was babysitting his grandson Alistair and his wife was at work — and an argument erupted.
“Brian was assaulted and subdued,” Det Sen Con Harwood told an out-of-sessions court hearing on Wednesday.
“He’s been bound and gagged. The accused entered a bedroom where Alistair was in bed, while carrying a large pair of garden shears.”
Liao then allegedly waited for Ms Mach to arrive home from work and continued to assault Mr Mach, who was tied up in the living room.
Ms Mach drove into the rear yard of her home and was confronted by Liao as she approached the door, Det Sen Con Harwood said.
“Mai Mach was chased into the backyard by the accused and attacked with the same pair of garden shears, also suffering extreme neck and head injuries,” he said.
She suffered more than 23 stab and slash-type injuries, he said, as well as having defence wounds.
Mr Mach was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with minor injuries, requiring heavy sedation.
Flowers and a toy have been placed outside the Mach’s Albanvale home.
The hearing was told Alistair, described as “bubbly” by family friends, was the only child of Maidstone couple Amy Mach and Andrew Kwong.
“They (his parents) are trying to be strong for the rest of the family but they are definitely very devastated,” she told the Herald Sun.
Homicide detective Sen-Sergeant Stuart Bailey said the boy’s parents were “inconsolable” over the death of their son.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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Homicide squad probes deaths of woman and child in Albanvale
- Herald Sun
- April 03, 2015
The 45-year-odl appeared in court where two charges of murder, and charges of intentaionally causing injury and unlawful imprisonment, were formally filed.
More than 15 people closely connected to the Mach family turned out for the brief administrative hearing.
Many sat wiping away tears long before Ms Liao was marched into court flanked by security guards after an agonising wait.
Dressed in a black jumper Ms Liao refused to look at the family of her alleged victims.
She began to cry shortly after being walked into court and started sobbing loudly halfway through the hearing.
Lawyer Sarah Pratt, for Ms Liao, said her client did not speak English, needed medication and had suicidal ideations.
Prosecutors have until June 11 to prepare a brief of evidence before the matter returns to court on July 22.
It is alleged after stabbing little Alistair to death Ms Liao lay in wait for 10 hours to kill his grandmother.
Ms Liao allegedly bound and gagged the boy’s grandfather, with whom she had been in a relationship, and held him hostage during the shocking murders.
The court heard Giangwa “Brian” Mach had recently broken off a three-year relationship with Ms Liao, that had begun after his marriage broke down.
Post mortem examinations have revealed Mrs Mach suffered more than 23 stab and slash-type wounds while her grandson sustained more than 18 wounds.
A neighbour is alleged to have phoned emergency services after witnessing Mrs Mach’s murder.
Ms Liao has made no comment in a police interview and did not speak during yesterday’s hearing.
Woman charged over Albanvale double homicideHomicide Squad detectives have charged a woman this evening following the deaths of two people in Albanvale yesterday.
The 45-year-old Albion woman was interviewed this afternoon and charged with two counts of murder, one count of intentionally causing injury and one count of false imprisonment.
The charges follow the discovery of the bodies of a 60-year-old Albanvale woman and a four-year-old Maidstone boy at a house in Varsity Court shortly after 5pm yesterday.
She will face an out-of-sessions court hearing shortly.