Little Darcey’s brothers face challenges
DARCEY Freeman’s brothers face an ‘‘ immeasurably long ’ ’ road ahead as they grapple with the circumstances of their sister’s murder.
Their father, Arthur Freeman, was on Monday found guilty of their four-year-old sister’s murder by throwing her off Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge on January 29, 2009.
Her older brother Ben and younger brother Jack were in the car on the bridge when Darcey was killed.
Ben, six at the time, told police he had pleaded with his father to turn back and get her, because ‘‘ Darcey can’t swim’’.
Psychologist Michael CarrGregg says says the boys faced multiple challenges ahead and they could struggle to trust adults.
‘ ‘ Everybody knows who they are, so that’s almost going to be the first thing that everybody thinks every time they meet them,’’ Dr Carr-Gregg said yesterday.
‘‘ These kids will have to struggle in their own minds about how someone who is supposed to love them could do something like that.’’
He said counselling would, hopefully, make a big difference to how they coped with their sister’s death.
‘‘ But, it’s a heavy burden to go into childhood with.’’