Court hears brother’s ver­sion of bridge death

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

FOUR-YEAR-OLD Darcey Free­man re­port­edly did not scream as her fa­ther threw her to her death over Mel­bourne’s West Gate Bridge.

Darcey’s then six-year-old brother Ben told po­lice two days af­ter his sis­ter’s death in 2009, his sis­ter didn’t scream as his fa­ther car­ried her like a baby be­fore drop­ping her over the bridge.

‘‘ I didn’t hear any scream on the way when she . . . no noth­ing, noth­ing, noth­ing.’’ Ben said his fa­ther then drove off and he asked him to stop.

‘‘ I said, ‘ Go back and get her.’ Dad keeps on driv­ing along,’’ he said. ‘‘ Then I said, ‘ Darcey can’t swim,’’ he said in the in­ter­view played to the jury yes­ter­day.

Ben’s fa­ther Arthur Phillip Free­man, 37, is charged with mur­der­ing Darcey. He has pleaded not guilty and will ar­gue he was men­tally im­paired at the time.

Darcey Fee­man

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