Man charged in Australia murder

THE AGE . news . 15 JULY 2011 . copy pic by Ken Irwin . Twins, Alison (left) and Sally Brooks with their mother.
THE AGE . news . 15 JULY 2011 . copy pic by Ken Irwin . Twins, Alison (left) and Sally Brooks with their mother.

THE EX-HUSBAND of a former Stapleford mum-of-three killed in Australia has been charged with her murder.

Sally Brooks, 48, was found with serious head injuries at her Melbourne home the day she was due to fly back to Nottingham to start a new life.

She died ten days after the attack on July 11 with her three young children – aged 10, nine and seven – at her hospital bedside after her family took the heart-wrenching decision to switch off her life support machine.

According to Australian newspapers, Ms Brooks’s ex-husband Robert Meade appeared at the city’s magistrates court on Tuesday September 14 charged with her murder.

IT consultant Ms Brooks had emigrated to Australia from Stapleford 16 years ago where she worked in a bank.

She had two daughters and a son, but divorced Meade two years ago.

She had sold her house in the Donvale area of Melbourne and was due to fly back with her children to start a new life in West Bridgford on the last day of the Australian school term.

Her twin sister Alison Brooks and parents Audrey and Bob live in the Nottinghamshire town.

Alison and Audrey flew out to Australia after the attack.

Alison told a press conference at the time: “I thought the loss of my twin was more than I could bear but it was nothing compared to seeing the faces of Sally’s children when they were told by police that Sally had been deliberately hurt.

“Worse was to come when we saw the three children crying hysterically by mummy’s bedside trying to wake her up.

“We truly know the meaning of heartbreak.”

She added: “I have lost my twin and struggle to comprehend that I will forever be half instead of whole.”

Her children have since returned to the UK.

Meade will next appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on February 2 next year for a committal mention.