A Tasmanian mum has allegedly been run down and killed by a car driven by her ex-boyfriend.
Identified by media as Jacqui Purton, the 37-year-old “suffered multiple trauma” on Monday after she was allegedly mowed down at the secluded rural property north of Hobart. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tasmania Police confirmed they were called to a residence in Campania at about 3.30am following a report of a seriously injured person who had potentially been hit by a car. A 38-year-old Campania man was taken into custody, and on Tuesday night he was charged with murder.
Ms Purton’s mother Leanne Walford reportedly confirmed her daughter had been in a relationship with the man who she’d met in 2019. Ms Walford said the pair were together for about four years before breaking up in September, 2022.
“We don’t know the details, or why he was there on Monday or anything except that he [allegedly] ran her over,” she told Daily Mail Australia.
Family’s hearts ripped apart by tragedy
Following the news of her death, the 37-year-old’s father Scott shared a heartbreaking tribute to his daughter on Facebook. Ms Purton leaves behind her four children — a 20-year-old daughter and three younger sons.
“My heart and my family’s hearts have been ripped apart on a tragic day for us,” he said. “To my grandkids, words cannot express how much your mum loved you all. My heart goes out to you all.”
According to a GoFundMe page set up by Ms Purton’s sister Zoe, her 20-year-old niece will now care for her younger siblings. There she paid tribute to her “beautiful sister” whose life was “selfishly” taken away.
“Anyone who knew Jacqui knew how loving and caring her soul was,” her sister wrote online. “I want to try and take off as much pressure from my beautiful family during this suffering and loss. If the shoe was on the other foot Jacqui would do anything for anyone.”
Still coming to terms with her death, a close friend, Ashleigh Templar, told The Mercury Ms Purton was a “fantastic mother”.
“Losing her has left a huge hole in so many lives. Her children especially. Four absolutely amazing kids now without a mother,” she said.
The man accused of murder is set to appear in Hobart Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
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