Victorian coroner finds Luke Batty’s death could not have been foreseen

Victorian coroner finds Luke Batty’s death could not have been foreseen

A Victorian Coroner has delivered his findings into the death of 11-year-old Luke Batty, ruling the boy’s death could not have been predicted.

Luke, the son of Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, was murdered by his father Greg Anderson at a cricket oval south east of Melbourne last year.

Coroner Ian Gray has told the inquest Ms Batty and her lawyers played a constructive role throughout the inquest.

He has concluded, based on comprehensive evidence, that Luke’s death could not have been reasonably foreseeable by any entity or person, including Ms Batty.

“No-one person or agency could have reasonably been expected to foresee that Mr Anderson would be that rare perpetrator and Luke that rare victim of a violent filicide,” he said.

But Coroner Gray found Luke’s death had been preceded by years of family violence.

“Luke was exposed to emotional harm, conduct engendering fear and anxiety, and he witnessed physical harm inflicted by Mr Anderson against his mother Ms Batty,” he said.

“I’m unable to make any findings in relation to the reasons for Mr Anderson’s decision to kill his son.”

Coroner Gray says his investigation has identified a number of gaps or flaws in the family violence system operating in Victoria.

He has recommended police introduce a warning system, to identity high risk family violence perpetrators.

Image: Rosie and Luke Batty (AAP)

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