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Woman feared killer husband
Woman feared killer husband

Andrea Pickett "knew" she would be killed by her husband despite a restraining order after she found him stalking her and wielding a knife days before the stabbing, a relative told an inquest yesterday.

Dianne Simmons, Mrs Pickett's cousin, spoke about the fear that the mother of 13 had as her estranged husband Kenneth Charles Pickett hunted her across Perth before her death on January 12, 2009. An inquest is looking into whether government agencies could have done more to protect Mrs Pickett, whose husband had been on parole after a jail term for threatening her with a knife.

Mrs Pickett, 39, had reported two breaches of a violence restraining order days before her murder, with the incidents also breaching a parole ban on contact with her.

Ms Simmons described how Mrs Pickett had walked into her Armadale home on January 8 to find her missing diaries stacked in a room with letters and a machete lying on top.

Two days after reporting the incident to police, Pickett had confronted his wife with a knife in Mirrabooka and threatened to "finish her off". Within hours he was spotted hiding next to a car at Ms Simmons' house, where Mrs Pickett had been staying.

The inquest has been told police databases at the time did not automatically receive parole information, meaning police could not see he had breached parole. Systems have since been improved.

Police found Pickett the day after the murder.

Ms Simmons accused police of not treating the incidents seriously despite being advised of the parole, and claimed her cousin "pretty much knew then that (her husband) was going to kill her".

She alleged an officer questioned whether Mrs Pickett wanted to push ahead with a statement after the knife threat, suggesting knife threats were regular in Mirrabooka and often followed by dropped charges.

Mrs Pickett moved to a relative's North Beach home where Pickett stabbed her two days later.

The West Australian

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