Dawn host Nat Barr has quizzed a world criminologist on why the killer of beloved Sydney trainer Lilie James would have texted her father the evening she died.
Ms James, a 21-year-old employees member at Sydney’s St Andrew’s Cathedral Faculty, was discovered with “severe head accidents” within the gymnasium rest room by police simply after midnight on Wednesday.
It’s understood she had ended a five-week relationship with colleague Paul Thijssen, 24, earlier than she was killed.
Mr Thijssen was seen leaving the gymnasium on Wednesday and he had known as police telling them the place to search out Ms James’s physique.
His physique was later recovered by police at Diamond Bay Reserve in Vaucluse.
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Mr Thijssen can also be reported to have used Ms James’s cellphone to textual content her father, Jamie, to return to the varsity to select her up, pretending the message was from her.
It’s unclear whether or not the textual content was despatched earlier than Ms James died.
Following revelations in regards to the textual content to Mr James, Ms Barr had an agonising query for internationally famend criminologist Xanthe Mallett.
“‘Why do you suppose Paul Thijssen despatched a message to Lilie James’s dad after he allegedly killed her,” she requested.
Dr Mallett advised Dawn on Tuesday that she believed Mr Thijssen texted Ms James’s father as a ruse to make sure her physique was discovered.
“The one purpose I can actually consider that he would have despatched that message was to get the daddy to attend the varsity,” Dr Mallett stated.
“In essence, both he hoped the daddy would discover Lilie or be there when the police discovered Lilie as a result of he known as them.
“He confirmed indicators that he needed Lilie to be discovered. I’m undecided precisely (at) what level Lilie died.
“Which will point out he hoped somebody would discover her and name an ambulance, for instance.
“Alternatively, he could have been eager to probably change the time at which the police thought she had died by sending these proof-of-life messages to her father after which later calling the police.”
Dr Mallet stated she additionally held concern that if Ms James’s father had attended the varsity, he may have “probably” been at risk had he come throughout Mr Thijssen.
“I’m undecided precisely when he (Thijssen) left the scene however he was there, he did have a weapon and clearly he did commit a really violent act, so anybody else attending that scene may have been at risk,” she stated.
It comes as Ms James’s college students plan to put on a black armband whereas taking part in Saturday sport in honour of their water polo coach.
The varsity is making an attempt to return to normality after the scholars attended faculty on Monday for the primary time since Ms James was killed final Wednesday.
The varsity may also honour Ms James by having a minute’s silence throughout every recreation performed on Saturday.
In a college publication, deputy head Brad Swibel stated college students had been given entry to 11 counsellors from neighbouring colleges to assist them with “an extremely troublesome day” on Monday.
Mr Swibel stated the sports activities groups have been additionally supported by head of faculty Julie McGonigle, who supplied particular phrases of consolation to those that have been “notably affected” by the loss of life.
“It has been an extremely troublesome day for all of our faculty group, and I wish to thank the outpouring of affection and assist from you all. It’s enormously appreciated,” Mr Swibel wrote.
“After the meeting, sports activities groups notably affected by the tragedy gathered for phrases of consolation from Dr McGonigle after which a chance to be with one another as groups and to entry the counselling station, of which dozens did.”
Grieving college students and parents are invited to put flowers on the memorial outdoors the varsity till Friday, when will probably be moved to the Remembrance Backyard at Kirikee, the publication acknowledged.
Dr McGonigle wrote within the publication that the varsity was grateful for the love and assist it had obtained from the group.
She stated she was passing on these messages to Ms James’ parents.
“Please be assured that we’re involved with Mr and Mrs James, Lilie’s parents, and the entire messages are being handed to them,” she wrote.
The publication stated whereas some faculty occasions had been cancelled, the varsity would attempt to “resume regular operations” from tomorrow.
The varsity will now resume its sporting actions, aside from water polo coaching, which has been postponed till November 8.
The varsity may also maintain morning prayer classes each day for parents, college students and employees, whereas Headspace will maintain a web based seminar on Thursday.
“Regular sport coaching (excluding water polo) will resume from tomorrow afternoon. Saturday video games are deliberate to renew as regular,” the publication stated.
“It’s supposed water polo will resume regular coaching Wednesday 8 November.
“On Saturday, groups will put on a black armband. Workers will present these. We have now requested of the ISA that every recreation be marked with a one-minute silence.”