TRIGGER WARNING: This post deals with themes of mental health and child abuse, and may be upsetting for some readers.
Another tragic story dominated the news cycle today, after 47-year-old Margaret Tannous was found with serious head injuries yesterday evening in Sydney.
Soon after, her 57-year-old husband, George Tannous, turned himself in at the Bankstown police station, and he was charged with murder.
Elie Boukarim, Margaret’s son, has since posted an emotional tribute online, which reads in part: “You were the strongest woman, the strongest PERSON i knew … You taught me that the most power you have in this life is in your brain and not your fists or your muscles, you taught me to do right by people even though they do wrong to you.”
This incident is more evidence of a need for drastic reform the area of combatting domestic violence.
Previously Mamamia wrote:
Last week an eleven-year-old boy was violently murdered and Australia turned a blind eye.
Well, we discussed it. Of course we did.
Hundreds of column centimetres were written about the tragedy of young Luke Batty’s death at the hands of his father, Greg Anderson, after cricket practice last week. We debriefed about the shock of it all. The sadness. The plight of the mentally ill. Rosie Batty, Luke’s grieving mother, spoke of the importance of forgiveness. Websites murmured that compassion – not anger- was the appropriate response.
And collectively we, as a nation, stood around nodding and muttering, “What a horrible, senseless tragedy that no-one could have seen coming.”
Well, I’m sorry but that is just simply not true. It is NOT TRUE.
This wasn’t a random, out-of-the-blue murder. This wasn’t a case of bad luck or bad timing, as though Luke Batty was merely the unlucky victim of a shark attack or a lightning strike.
Why is nobody willing to say what we all know deep down?
Luke Batty was placed in the vicinity of a man who has been described by police, a magistrate, his former flatmates and his ex-wife as angry, erratic, dangerous, abusive, paranoid and mentally ill.
And there is a plethora of evidence to back up these claims.
Greg Anderson threatened to kill one of his housemates in January this year.
Greg Anderson had five warrants out for his arrest last month.
Greg Anderson had a history of domestic violence and abuse. He had assaulted and threatened Luke’s mother Rosie.
“Genuine concerns are held … by police as the accused appears more than capable of carrying out the threats to kill.”
“The accused’s pattern of behaviour appears to be becoming more erratic and aggressive.”
“The victim (Ms Batty) in this matter is extremely concerned for the welfare of her son, Luke.”
“The victim is concerned about (Anderson’s) behaviour and believes he is capable of carrying out previous threats to kill and harm.”“Police hold concerns for the welfare and safety of the victim (Rosie Batty) and her son, and because of this oppose bail.”
And yet we – as a society – decided that it was okay for Greg Anderson to see his son.
AUSTRALIA, WHAT ON EARTH ARE WE DOING?
When news comes in of yet another shooting in the US, Australians shake their heads and roll their eyes.
“What is wrong with that country?” we exclaim in disbelief. “What is it going to take, how many innocent people – innocent CHILDREN – have to die – for America to wake up and do something about their gun laws?”