Trigger warning: This post deals with suicide and themes of domestic abuse and may be triggering to some readers.
Breeana Robinson was a beautiful, happy 20-year-old cheerleader with her whole life ahead of her when she met 38-year-old Dan Shearin on Facebook.
The two formed a relationship and within months “Bree”, an aspiring dancer who was legally blind, had moved into a Gold Coast unit with the man who was 18 years her senior.
During their three-month relationship, Shearin reportedly bombarded Robinson with abusive text messages – allegedly more than 1400 over the period of a month.
The texts read: “You’re more interested in food, TV and everything else but your partner” and “That’s why everything’s ruined. Your priorities are f—ed up.”
Just minutes after receiving that final message, Bree fell to her death from the balcony of their 11th-floor Southport apartment.
Her family is convinced the 21-year-old did not commit suicide.
But they face the horrible possibility that they will never know exactly what happened that night.
Bree screamed “no” or “oh no” as she plunged towards the ground, neighbour Gina Hadid told A Current Affair last November.
Her husband, Buddy Hadid, said he saw Shearin after he ran to assist the fatally injured girl.
“We were trying to work out who she was and he just turned around and said, ‘Oh, that’s my girlfriend’,” Mr Hadid said.
A coroner’s report into her January 2013 death is due within weeks. Her aunty, Janine Mackney told News Limited the family will be devastated if her death is ruled a suicide.
“I don’t know how we’ll fight on,” she said.
“We don’t have the legal capacity. It’s all foreign to us.”
She said she wants justice.
“It’s never going to change the fact we don’t have her, and that she suffered,” Ms Mackney said.
“I’m sick of hearing people say it was suicide. In our heart of hearts, there’s no way she did that. She wouldn’t want to leave us.”
Mamamia previously reported the young women’s family told Channel 9’s A Current Affair that they blame Shearin – and his campaign of abusive texts – for Bree’s death.
“They’re disgusting; they’re the worst things you could possibly say to another human being. Especially someone you supposedly love,” Bree’s heartbroken mother Elaine Robinson told A Current Affair.
“I don’t think he knows what love is.”
In some of the messages Shearin called the young woman a “retarded slut”, threatening he would find “better sex elsewhere”, and saying: ‘You’re a complete f***ing moron. I don’t want a stupid, dumb c***’.
In another distressing exchange published in the Gold Coast Bulletin, Shearin wrote: “You are ruining the love I have for you and it’s only a matter of time before I find someone who treats me better… You are moving into the spare room tonight and I’m looking for someone else to treat me better.”