The last time Nicola Komiazyk spoke to her mother, it was on Mother’s Day.
“[My parents] were murdered just a few days later,” Ms Komiazyk told news.com.au on Friday.
“She said: ‘I love you very much’. Those were her last words to me. This weekend is going to be very hard for me. It’s always a very emotional day.”
Nicola’s parents, Terence and Christine Hodson, were killed in their Kew East home in Melbourne in 2004. Their murders came mere months before Terence – a police corruption witness – was due to give evidence in a criminal trial against a powerful former Victorian drug squad detective.
“Dad said he was a dead man walking but I don’t think he thought mum would be killed too,” Ms Komiazyk told news.com.au.
“After they were murdered, I lived in fear,” Ms Komiazyk told news.com.au journalist Marnie O’Neill.
“I never used to leave the house. It was a very scary time for me because I had just had my first child and it was as if the whole world had left us alone.”
The brutality of the murders – reports at the time described the killings as ‘execution like’ – would prompt the Victorian government to establish the Office of Police Integrity to investigate the leaking of sensitive, confidential police information to the criminal underworld.