The Courier-Mail

Police quiz lake-crash mum over kids’ deaths

- MARK BUTTLER

THE MOTHER of three children killed in a dam tragedy was last night being questioned by homicide detectives.

Akon Guode, 36, arrived at the Spencer St crime command headquarte­rs at 12.30pm yesterday where she was interviewe­d for hours over the horrific events of April 8 this year.

Four-year-old twins Madit and Hanger and one-year-old Bol died when the family’s Toyota Kluger plunged into Lake Gladman at Wyndham Vale, in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

Ms Guode, who was driving, survived with six-year-old daughter Alual.

But the boys, Madit and Bol, and their sister Hanger could not be saved.

Ms Guode, who is from South Sudan, was being questioned with the help of an interprete­r.

Police had earlier in the day arrived at the home in Melbourne’s west where Ms Guode lived with the children until the family was torn apart.

It is believed Ms Guode initially told investigat­ors in the period after the accident that she suffered a dizzy spell and blacked out before the vehicle plunged into the lake.

The homicide squad and major collision investigat­ion unit have run a painstakin­g investigat­ion into the deaths.

Dozens of friends and family of Ms Guode, along with other witnesses, have been interviewe­d.

Their father, Joseph Manyang, said he did not believe Ms Guode – a mother of seven – would deliberate­ly hurt the children.

Crash reconstruc­tion experts have been called in to give their assessment, partly based on a re-enactment conducted at the scene weeks after the children died.

Detectives wanted to assess the route the vehicle took, its speed and the point at which it entered the lake.

Akoi Chabiet, the eldest of Ms Guode’s seven children, recently backed her mother in an interview with the Herald Sun.

“Every day I ask myself, ‘Why did this happen?’,” Ms Chabiet said.

“We still believe it was an accident. She just had a blackout and lost control.”

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