By HELEN BROWN.
A Melbourne woman who was stalked and stabbed to death by her former partner made 38 calls to police in the weeks before her killing, an coronial inquest has heard.
Kelly Thompson, 43, of Point Cook, was found dead in her home in February last year and her former partner, Wayne Woods, took his own life.
Kelly’s mother, Wendy Thompson, told an inquest in the Victorian Coroner’s Court today that her daughter had tried to protect herself by taking out the order against a man who had become increasingly violent and possessive.
The court heard Woods threatened to self-harm, spied on his former partner and followed her around to social events even when the intervention order was in place.
“Wayne was told by a magistrate that if he breached the intervention order he would be arrested, but when he continued to stalk Kelly, he didn’t even get a slap on the wrist,” Mrs Thompson said.
“This would have conveyed a message that what he was doing in reality was excusable and the system wasn’t going to stop him and wasn’t going to protect and support Kelly.”
Counsel assisting the coroner, Rachel Ellyard, told the court the inquest would examine how police responded to phone calls Thompson made to police, including a call indicating Wood was in the house contrary to the intervention order.
Mrs Thompson had spoken to her daughter on the phone a few days before she was killed and Kelly said she was “safe now” and assured her father that her doors and windows were constantly locked.
Mrs Thompson said in court that she became angry and frustrated by the lack of information being provided by police after her daughter’s death and also raised questions about the system.