The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on June 26, 1984 · Page 2
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Page 2 The Sydney" Morning ' Herald, Tuesday, June 2, 1984 'Our last Man killed his A Wahroonga man murdered his three children, his wife and his. mother before shooting himself because he did not want his family to suffer as a result of his business failures, the Westmead Coroners Court was told yesterday. Mr G. Class, SM, was inquiring into the deaths of Mrs Rosemary Brandon, 35, Justine Brandon, 11, Damon Brandon, 8, Sarah Brandon, 5, Mr John Brandon, 42, and Mr Brandon's mother, Mrs Joan Bull, 76. . ... Mrs Brandon and her children were found dead in their home in Boundary Road at Wahroonga on April 26. The bodies of Mr . Brandon and his mother were found in Mrs Bull's flat in Gladstone Parade, Lindfleld the same night Detective Sergeant Gary Lowe read to the court a suicide note posted to Mrs Brandon's parents on April 23 this year. . "By the time you open this we will be all gone," the letter began. Mr Brandon wrote that his company, Regency Upholstery, was suffering severe financial problems and he felt that it would surely fail. "It is best that we go with her," the letter continued. . ' "It is enormously sad that difficulties in life are such that this is the only alternative. "Life has been wonderful but there is no chance of that continuing now ..." ' lake away the racing roll bar and extra driving lamps, and you have virtually the same Volvo 360 GLT you can test drive at your Volvo Dealer today. . A speedster that ran fiat out for 24 hours last week at the Surfers Paradise Internationa Raceway. : To its credit the car established no less than 39 best-in-its-class records. These being 2j for Australia and Hfor the World. - "Subject to Official Confirmation. ' BALGOWLAH Scudrrta Veloce Motors (02) 9493777 DL: 281; CARLTON Denlo Motors Pty. Ltd (02) 5883000 DU 8388; HABEKFIELD Concourse Cars (02) 799 mi DL: 42j6; UNDFIELD Scuderia Veloce Motors (02) 467 1333 Dfc 280; MOOREBANK Volvo Car Centre (02) 602 3211 DL: 8188; PARRAMATTA Denlo Motors Pty. Ltd (02) 63s 9331 DL: 1488; SYDNEY Monaco Motors (02) 33 J3K DL: t769: MSiyCASTLENewcastle Viking Car Centre (049) 126344 DL: S07S: BEGA Cogan & Coleman (0649) 1 itfcfe DL: 2280: BOMADERRY INowra) Glendon Motors (044) 21 0144 DL: 1624: DUBBO World of Wheels (068) 826611 DL: 1583: CANBERRA (Vvbdert) Scuderia Veloce Motors (061) 82 4888 DL: 14; GOSFORD Advanx Motor Service Pty. Ltd. (043), is2282DLr72:GRAFTONrwirMotorsPtyLtd(o66)422i44DL:7 (042) 298433 DL- 5867: ORANGE Edwards & 83 5455 DL.6189; TAM WORTH Woodlcys night on Mr Brandon told Mr and Mrs Raymond Cocking that $hf hadg been wonderful, understanding grandparents.: ? f :'($'. $c "We all think you are "wonder- ful and we.Jiave been extremely '& lucky to be blessed with family $ like you," the letter said. r;: "All this .makes the tragedy of 4 Regency so very; very sad. . "Rosemary, the kids and Mum ; had no idea business was terrible, i "They thoroughly enjoyed life-p right to the end ': "Our last night on earth j together was relaxing, fun-filled " and loving. : ; "Rosemary and the kids Went happily to sleep, their passing in ' their sleep is as we would all like ; to go, with no suffering and no problems. .-. ; N "Rosemary, the kids and Mum . ; will be happy together forever. "We will miss you and hope to be reunited in happier times." An accountant, Mr Terry Nomaras, told the court that an investigation had found that Mr .;. Brandon had been involved in a group of companies which had a . deficiency totalling more than $760,000. . : , v - The largest deficiency belonged to the family company, Regency Upholstery, which was short : $332,907. r Mr Nomaras said Mr Brandon also had a $180,000 overdraft, which was supposed to have been repaid to a bank by March 31. ' While you might have been looking at other makes : -of cars on April 24th and 25th, the 360GLT was blistering the track with very quick mile and 'i km times.' It coaxed records of endurance out of distances of 500, 1000 and 2000 kilometres. The 360 GIT also returned 2646.6 kilometres for the 24-hour run. " ' So it's a car not just with speed, but heart Hill Pty. Lid (063) 627077 DL: 4631: PARSES World 01 Wheels lowj 623222 DL: 60J4: PENRITH Central Motors Nepean f ty. ua 1047; 31 44U Motors (067) 66 1077 DL: 8ci;TAREE Manning Valley Motors (06c) J2 1088 DL: 6590; WAGGA WAGGA Jason Wagga (069) 21 6333 DL: 8047; YOUNG ! fegeervlas1 'relaxing Mrs Brandon's father. Mr Rav mond Cocking, at. the. court. He estimated Mr Brandon's business interests had been losing "$10,000 to $20,000 a month and had been doing so for at least a year"."'-'-1; - - ". v ' ; Mr Nomaras said Mr Brandon X had no qualified accountants on his staff and added: "I don't think Mr Brandon was aware of the extent of the losses.": H- ' 1 Asked by the magistrate, Mr Glass, about the exact extent of Mr Brandon's business problems, Mr Nomaras said he could not say , Ofcourse,thisisn'tjustacleverlyengineeredt)lvo ploy to impress you. The judges of Australia's motor sport controlling body. CAMS, supervised this trial. ',! "---: They pushed the stopwatch buttons and made sure there were no liberties taken. Thank you CAMS. Thank you Hewlett Packard for the "millioVi-dollar array"of computer controlled timing equipment KSEI PACKARD : Mr Nomaras . . Mr Brandon's -business was losing heavily. because of the lack of documents, which he said highlighted the problem. A solicitor, Mr Torrence Kita-mura, told the court he had known . Mr Brandon for eight or 10 years and that as a result of Mr -Brandon's own statements he had ' been led to believe the business had been going "from strength to strength". Mr Kitamura said, however," that Regency Upholstery had not fun-filled aridjldying Mr Kitamura ... Mr Brandon '.. was lavish with presents. been managed in a businesslike way. He believed Mr Brandon had ' shot . his family and. had killed himself because he did not want his children to suffer when the business finally failed. "He was lavish with presents for his children . ; . he was not prepared to accept the inevitable hardships." - Mr Brandon's sister, Mrs Carolyn Pierce, said her mother had mentioned to her that there were . Thank you B.BJ. for creating the software package. -Thank you, TAA, for generous support in Air Travel. Thank you, Castrol for the : quality lubricants. And thank you to the drivers, Mike Minear and Team. , v Now. the day you test drive this j-speed, j-door, .2-litre fuel injected wonder you may want to say thanks to your local Volvo dealer. T, , " " ' "Thanks for the experience." 3S; MAtyuuut wiioowne iworors vSj McAUster Sales Pty. Ltd. (063) 82 3033 D57S4- ace pressures on the business . However, her brother never discussed the business with; anyone. . , ,, "My brother idolised his chiU dren and would do anything or them," she said. .. -: "As' his business grew h'is family's lifestyle improved with it," she said, ' adding that the : family had moved from Baulkham Hills to Wahroonga. She indicated that she also believed that his-business problems had ' led her brother to commit the shootings. : "He did not want to make his family suffer any embarrass-: ment" Mr Glass found that Mr Brandon had taken the lives of his children and wife and mother before taking his own life because of financial pressures over a period of. about 12 months. "Sometimes we cannot determine and examine the innermost ' depths of the human mind and the disturbances therein," Mr Glass said. However,, he said that in his view the evidence had established beyond doubt that the deaths resulted from a decision from Mr Brandon to "spare" his children, wife and mother from "a severely reduced lifestyle and disgrace". "The impending collapse of the business caused John Brandon to become mentally unbalanced and react in an extreme manner," the coroner, added. ? ; Qld Left finds aid The socialist left in the Queensland ALP last night won the important position of State party president and the support of the right wing. The ballot on the second day of the conference provided the first real indication of the standing of the factions, a crucial factor in the lead up to the party's national conference . The victory of the left candidate, Mr Ian McLean, an official with the Australian Telecommunications Employees Association, underlines the unusual alliance in Queensland between the Labor Unity old guard (right) faction and the left wing, which is designed to counter the centre majority faction led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Hayden. . The animosity between the oldnguard and the centre is longstanding, but relate? directly to the Federal intervention in the party in 1980 when control of the branch was taken from the old guard. f Lotto numbers The six Lotto numbers drawn last night were 2, 7, 10, 1 1, 16 and 27. The supplementary number was 18. Provisional prizemoney totals $2,657,570. First division $1,195,907; second division $531,514; third division $531,514; fourth division $398,635. f i I ' The first division prize was shared by four provisional winners, one of whom (from Tweed Heads) won two first division prizes on one coupon; This winner's share is $438,362; The other winners, from Double Bay, Cowra and Ambar-vale, near Camden, will receive $239,181 each. Brothels called KalgoorlieV safety valve PERTH : Kalgoorlie's brothels provided a safety valve for the area and stopped a higher incidence of women being molested, the president of Boulder Shire Council, Mr C. Daws, said yesterday. "I believe that a woman's body is her own to do with as she wants and I don't think the brothels are a blot on the community," he said from Kalgoorlie. Mr Daws was responding to a stinging attack on Kalgoorlie's brothels, two-up games and alcohol-; ism by the Rev Les Leske, who had been the town's Baptist minister for seven years until last week. Mr Leske said the brothels were unnecessary and . allowing them to operate pandered to man's lowest instincts.: ' programme with the Inries Management System. c 53 about turning accident HYSMO HI"II Consultants in occupational health, safety mahagement'losVob management Govt urges doctors 1 to agree new By PAUL BAILEY The State Government yesterday issued doctors with a number of proposals to try to bring them to the negotiating table in the current hospitals dispute. . The Premier, Mr Wran, and the Minister for Health, Mr Mulock, signed a letter which was sent to every doctor in NSW -to inform them of recent developments in the dispute concerning the visiting medical officers in public hospitals. It assures doctors that the State Government "is committed to the retention of private practice rights in public hospitals'. The letter lists the latest proposals to come from the Government to end the dispute, which were sent to the doctors' negotiating committee late yesterday. These proposals include: An immediate resumption of negotiations on outstanding differences under the 1983 public hospitals legislation and the proposed regulations with all such differences to be declared by Friday, June 29. (The doctors dislike this legislation because of the power it gives the Minister -for Health over the conduct of doctors in hospitals, including the coercion of patients to join to private health funds). A six-week limit to achieve a mutually satisfactory settlement on these differences. A guarantee by the doctors that full hospital services are maintained during the negotiation period. Cessation of strike action by the doctors and withdrawal of their resignations while the Government commits itself to withdraw the seven-year ban. No further resignations to be submitted by doctors. The Macken Tribunal to tesume its hearing on the question of the levels of sessional payments. (Last November Jus-,, tice Macken of the NSW Industrial Commission awarded a $52 . fee for sessional . work to surgeons with seven years experience.),' -j - ' - The letter to the doctors states that the Government will not withdraw the seven-year-ban legislation until the doctors resignations are withdrawn. The doctors' negotiating committee is to consider the Government's proposals, but is not expected to make a statement until after the AMA branch council meets. The Opposition Leader, Mr-Greiner, called yesterday on the doctors to end all strike action. He said the resignations of orthopaedic surgeons from the public hospitals should be redated so that no resignations take effect until July 20. Mr Greiner said the State Government should, in turn. itional health & stafetv Phone 235 1744 (Bryan MUTUAL RISK r.lAUAr.:-HT PL Oakbridge Building, 52 Phillip Street, Sydney. Phone (02) 235 1 744 - to talks repeal the legislation passed" earlier this month to ban the" doctors who have resigned from . . re-employment in hospitals' within seven years. -' The first resignations of about 70 orthopaedic surgeons are due to take effect at the end of this week. The Health Department could give no update on y ester-. ' day's figures of 1,029 resignations by visiting medical officers. However, last night 53 surgeons from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital tendered their resignations. , Meanwhile, Mr Mulock said." yesterday that a suggestion by . the Queensland Health Minister, Mr Austin, that the heart trans- plant program be moved from n Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital to " Brisbane, was out of the ques-'t tion. He said the suggestion was not feasible and would do nothing to solve the current problems in the NSW public hospital system. - The secretary of the Australian Association of Surgeons, Dr Michael Aroney, said the suggestion that the heart transplant program be moved to Queensland could be just the beginning. Surgeons will move interstate, : overseas and into private prac- - tice from public hospitals, he said. Dr Aroney warned that if the' public hospital dispute is allowed to drag on NSW will face a "brain drain" of its top doctors. He added that some surgeons have consulted their bank and money managers to see them through the current dispute. The secretary of the NSW Labor Council, Mr John Mac-Bean, said last night that a meeting of union representatives tomorrow afternoon would disr cuss what actions, if any, would be taken against the striking "? surgeons. : o'l ' ; In another development , affecting hospitals, a planned 24-hour strike by NSWs 32,000 nurses remains likely to go ahead this Friday following the failure ' : of talks yesterday to agree on 1 cost offsets involved in granting ,K 1 the nurses a 38-hour week. Discussions between the NSW Nurses' Association and the.. Health Department resolved nothing, a spokesman for the Minister for Industrial Relations, Mr Hills, said yesterday. ; Further talks are planned for I tomorrow. In Melbourne, the Royal Children's Hospital last night began restricting admissions to desperately ill children and many hospitals throughout Vic-. toria closed wards and cancelled surgery in response to a work- to-rule campaign by nurses, who are seeking more staff. The Anglican Church agreed with Mr Leske. ; The Anglican minister for Kalgoorlie Boulder, the Rev Paul Howell, said the acceptance of brothels did nothing except make people in the town regard women as sex objects. " Mr Leske also dismissed suggestions that gambling, especially two-up, was important in bringing tourists to the goldfields. "The amount of homes and lives that are destroyed through gambling are enough now without introducing casinos or more two-up schools to the area," he said. ' Fuller) and ask losses into profit!

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