Lit­tle Darcey’s brothers face chal­lenges

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

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.’’

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