“You killed your daughter to get back at her mother.”
Warning: This item deals with domestic violence and may be triggering for some readers.
Wednesday, November 17 2011 a three-year old girl and her mum arrive home, she sees her dad’s car in the driveway of the house she shares with her mum. He’s not meant to be there, there is a court order that he stays away but a three-year old doesn’t know, her world hadn’t been filled with the violence her mum’s has – she’s just thrilled to see her dad.
Her dad promises to take her to the milk bar to buy her a kinder surprise and despite her mother’s protests they go, waving good-bye to mum as they drive off.
“’Do you trust me?” her dad said to her mum as he took her “I wouldn’t take her away from you like you took her from me.”
Four hours later he stabs her to death after allowing her to speak to her mummy one last time, she told her she loved her.
What happened next is well known to many Australians.
The horrific murder of Yazmina, the court case and conviction. The nation left reeling at yet another revenge attack by one partner against another. A litany of domestic violence uncovered.
A tiny girl a senseless victim. A young woman facing life without her daughter.
Now, four years later the coroner is investigating the death of the three-year old and the role police played in family violence intervention between the former couple.
”If you saw her face when she saw her dad that afternoon, she had stars in her eyes when she ran up to him. That’s why I let her go with him. I did it for Mimi.”
The relationship between Rachelle and her former partner, Ramazan Acar had broken down several months earlier.
Rachelle D’Argent, who, during their long on-and-off relationship, had been repeatedly beaten and abused by Acar and had taken out an intervention order against her ex-fiance.
On that night when her daughter wasn’t returned a long and drawn out series of phone calls and Facebook messages show the crazed mind of Ramazan Acar, intend on seeking revenge on his ex-partner.
After Acar did not return within 10 minutes Rachelle had a series of phone calls with him. At first Acar said he and Yazmina had stopped at McDonald’s and she’d be home soon.
There were another two phone calls from Rachelle to Acar at about 7pm. ”How does it feel not to have your child when I didn’t have mine for three months,” he asked her first.
Later, he demanded she go to the police station and withdraw her intervention order.
When she refused he told her ”Well, I can’t do you any favours” and hung up.
A few minutes later another call:
Rachelle: ”Please Ramzy, bring her back. I just want my daughter back.”
Acar: ”Guess what baby, you’re not getting her back. I loved you Rachelle, I loved you. Look what you’ve made me do. Now I just have to decide whether to go 120 [km/h] head on with another car and kill the both of us or take the knife and just put it through her throat.”
At 7.23pm, Acar updated his Facebook status to read: ”Bout 2 kill ma kid”.
He then sent before he sent Rachelle two text messages – ”I Loved You” and ”It’s ova I did it.”
Eleven minutes later, Acar again changed his Facebook status. ”Pay bk u slut”.
Soon Rachelle was with police, she phoned Acar again. He told her that he was ”going to kill her”.