A lawyer for David Bradford, the Queensland man who killed his wife and then himself on Tuesday, has defended the decision that saw the accused released on bail two weeks prior.
Speaking on The Today Show this morning, Mark Donnelly of Kroesen and Co Lawyers argued that while Bradford’s subsequent murder of his estranged wife, Teresa, was “tragic”, his client’s lack of criminal history meant he probably should have been freed sooner.
“I thought the decision to grant bail was appropriate in the circumstances, Mr Bradford didn’t have any criminal history, this was a single incident,” he said.
“In relation to bail I think it was actually the right thing to do, he should have been given bail sooner than spending 44 days in custody.”
The 52-year-old fatally stabbed Mrs Bradford at her Pimpama home on Tuesday morning before taking his own life, both of which occurred in front of their children.
Mr Bradford had been released from police custody just two weeks prior to the attack, after being charged in relation to a previous assault against Ms Bradford on November 28.