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She never knew he was released on bond … and now she’s dead

by Ellen Killoran

Police warned the court not to release David Bradford

On Tuesday, Theresa Bradford’s husband stabbed her to death in front of their children before taking his own life.

Just weeks prior, David Bradford had been behind bars on previous domestic violence charges against his wife. But he was released on bond earlier this month — and his wife didn’t even know he had applied for bail.

The law in Queensland, Australia, does not require authorities to inform domestic violence victims to be informed if an abusive partner is let out of jail. This law is expected to come under review after the 40-year-old mother of four’s death has prompted outrage in her Gold Coast community.

“Teresa was loved by a lot of people and didn’t deserve this,” Bradford’s brother Darren O’Brien told Yahoo! Australia.

David Bradford had been in custody since November on charges of assaulting and choking his wife. According to ABC Australia, the Gold Coast court granted him bail on January 12 despite a strict warning from police, who provided a written statement to the court opposing Mr. Bradford’s bail request. In the statement, police said Mr. Bradford’s mental state means there was an “unreasonable risk of causing self-harm or harm towards others.” The statement also detailed death threats Bradford had made to his wife.

“In honour of my sister, we will fight to get this no-bail, or some sort of ankle bracelet to stop (domestic violence offenders) going near victims,” her brother told Yahoo, which also reports that the Queensland’s Attorney General has ordered an immediate review of the state’s bail system.

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Ellen is a seasoned journalist and former media & entertainment reporter with a taste for true crime. Formerly a senior editor at IBTimes, her work has appeared in Forbes, Rolling Stone, Maxim, NYMag, Indiewire, and more. She co-produced the HBO documentary "Youth Knows No Pain" and appeared in a documentary series that aired alongside the Lifetime movie "Manson's Lost Girls."