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Inside dark life of teenager, 17, accused of mowing down Brisbane couple in stolen car while on bail #englishheadline #dark #life #teenager #accused #mowing #Brisbane #couple #stolen #car #bail

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A teenage driver accused of murdering a young couple as they walked their dog on Australia Day had shared boastful photos online of him posing next to a machete and handling large sums of cash. 

The 17-year-old was allegedly high on drugs and driving a stolen Toyota 4WD when he struck Matthew Field, 37, and his girlfriend Kate Leadbetter, 31, at Alexandra Hills in Brisbane’s south-east on Tuesday evening. 

Ms Leadbetter was six months pregnant at the time of her death.

The teenager – who cannot be identified – was remanded in custody on charges including two counts of murder at Brisbane Children’s Court on Wednesday.   

Kate Leadbetter, 31, and Matthew Field, 37, were killed when they were allegedly hit by a stolen Toyota 4WD driven by a 17-year-old driver on Tuesday – while their dog Frankie who the couple had been walking, fled from the scene

The teenager had shared boastful photos online of him posing next to what appeared to be a machete

One photo showed him with a large watch on his wrist

The teenager had shared boastful photos online of him including one posing next to what appeared to be a machete

Images have meanwhile surfaced from the teenager’s Instagram account showing him posing with a bundle of $50 notes.

In others, he can be seen posing with a drink in his hand next to a BMW and beside what appears to be the handle of a machete.

Some showed him with a bumbag around his waist or with a large watch on his wrist.  

The Courier Mail reports the teenager was on bail for 50 unrelated offences at the time of the crash. 

The photos surfaced as shocking footage emerged online allegedly showing a teenage driver taunting another car as he waited at a red light – just minutes before the alleged murder.

In one photo, the accused stood shirtless holding a large bundle of $50 notes in front of the camera

In one photo, the accused stood shirtless holding a large bundle of $50 notes in front of the camera

The 17-year-old (centre) was reportedly on bail for 50 unrelated offences at the time of the crash

In one photo, the accused teenager can be seen posing with a drink in his hand next to a BMW

In one photo, the accused teenager (left) can be seen posing with a drink in his hand next to a BMW (right)

The teen had pulled up next to the i30 at a red light and made rude gestures out the window at another driver and his disabled son, before veering into their side and then fleeing at speed.

Chris and Angela Fleming were also waiting at the traffic lights just behind the i30 and captured the whole alleged road rage incident with the teenage driver on video.

In the footage – which has been shared 6,000 times on Facebook – the teen can be seen making rude gestures out the window.

Ms Leadbetter (right) was six months pregnant and excited to start a family with her long-term boyfriend Mr Field (left)

Ms Leadbetter (right) was six months pregnant and excited to start a family with her long-term boyfriend Mr Field (left) 

The Toyota LandCruiser that the teenager was allegedly driving lies damaged at the scene of the horror crash around 5.30pm on Tuesday. Moments earlier it had allegedly been used in a road rage incident on a nearby road

The Toyota LandCruiser that the teenager was allegedly driving lies damaged at the scene of the horror crash around 5.30pm on Tuesday. Moments earlier it had allegedly been used in a road rage incident on a nearby road

‘He’s a d**khead,’ Mrs Fleming can be heard to say on the video.

When the light turns green seconds later, the i30 hurries off in an evident attempt to avoid the abusive teenager.

But he soon also speeds up and veers into the car’s rear left door, causing it to spin.

Watching the carnage unfold in front of her, Mrs Fleming lets out a petrified scream before urging her husband to ‘follow’.

Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field were taking their dogs Frankie and Django for their usual afternoon walk when they were struck

Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field were taking their dogs Frankie and Django for their usual afternoon walk when they were struck 

As they drive after the two cars the pair called Triple Zero and ask for police, before pulling up behind the Hyundai i30 driver who had stopped by the road side.

Police allege just minutes later the teenager sped through a red light, ploughed into another vehicle and then veered off the road – hitting and killing Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field. 

Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field were taking their dogs Frankie and Django for their usual afternoon walk when they were struck.

Frankie (pictured) survived the horrific crash but fled the scene in terror immediately after. He was found by a large search party in dense bushland the next morning

Frankie (pictured) survived the horrific crash but fled the scene in terror immediately after. He was found by a large search party in dense bushland the next morning

Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field's dog Frankie is carried out of bushland on Wednesday morning at the end of a long search by locals, friends and family to find the dog

Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field’s dog Frankie is carried out of bushland on Wednesday morning at the end of a long search by locals, friends and family to find the dog

But in a tragic twist of fate, friends of the pair have revealed they went on a different route to normal that day. 

Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd said even the most hardened members of the force had been rocked by the tragedy. 

‘We, the police department, along with our community, are hurting. Dealing with this sort of tragedy – which is preventable – is incredibly frustrating,’ he told the Today show on Thursday. 

‘I’m limited by law [by what I can say]. I’m not going to compromise our investigation and prosecution.

‘The reality of it is… It’s something that does my head in.  

‘I am angry. I’m angry and my people are angry. They’re frustrated and they’re heartbroken… Can you imagine going and telling a family about the loss of a loved one? It has an impact on our people but we’re providing them enormous support.’ 

Locals banded together to hold a vigil at the intersection of Finucane and Vienna Road - where the couple tragically lost their lives

Locals banded together to hold a vigil at the intersection of Finucane and Vienna Road – where the couple tragically lost their lives

Loved ones console each other during the vigil for the young couple on Wednesday night

Loved ones console each other during the vigil for the young couple on Wednesday night

Today host Karl Stefanovic said the story of the ‘beaming and beautiful’ expectant parents breaks his heart. 

‘Just at Christmas. Holding a picture of their unborn baby. Their whole lives ahead of them,’ he said on Thursday morning after learning of the couple’s walking route. 

‘But in one horrifying moment on a bayside suburban street that was ripped apart.

‘As they left home to walk their dog, we learn this morning they made a fateful decision, turning left when they would ordinarily turn right. 

A mourner adds a bouquet of flowers to the growing floral memorial at the intersection where Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field were killed

A mourner adds a bouquet of flowers to the growing floral memorial at the intersection where Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field were killed

‘Moments later, they were struck and killed.’ 

Locals banded together on Wednesday night at a vigil on the corner of Finucane and Vienna Road – the intersection where the parents-to-be tragically lost their lives. 

Ms Leadbetter’s aunt, Danielle Leadbetter, bravely spoke out about the horrific crash which claimed the life of her ‘beautiful’ niece.

‘No parent should have to bury their child. Ever. I feel sorry for everyone involved. The paramedics, police, the people who witnessed it. You never get over a traumatic event,’ Ms Leadbetter said.

The shattered aunt and uncle of Ms Leadbetter, Danielle and Jason Leadbetter (pictured at vigil), said they would always remember their 'beautiful' niece

The shattered aunt and uncle of Ms Leadbetter, Danielle and Jason Leadbetter (pictured at vigil), said they would always remember their ‘beautiful’ niece

Candles were laid around the memorial which is only expected to grow as the vigil continues on into the night

Candles were laid around the memorial which is only expected to grow as the vigil continues on into the night

‘I just really would like Queensland to instead of just posting to social media, campaign for change. That is what we need. Campaign for change, campaign for justice, and let’s stop this ridiculous loss of life.  

‘She was just everything that is beautiful in this world so Queenslanders posting on social media, I’m reading it, you’re angry, let’s change the laws, take this anger and challenge it into something positive so it’s not your child that you are burying one day.

‘I hope that Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and our lawmakers are watching this.’ 

Countless bouquets of flowers and teddy bears were laid at the scene while loved ones bravely spoke out about the loss of the couple.

Distraught residents found comfort in each other’s arms as crowds turned up to honour the young couple.

Distraught mourners turned out in droves to the vigil on Wednesday night after the beloved couple were killed in a horror crash

Distraught mourners turned out in droves to the vigil on Wednesday night after the beloved couple were killed in a horror crash

Candles were laid around the memorial which is only expected to grow as the vigil continues on into the night. 

A little girl was captured in a heartbreaking photo laying a bouquet of flowers at the couple’s memorial while two other distraught children were seen sitting arm-in-arm.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison offered his condolences and said his ‘heart breaks’ for the friends and families of the victims. 

‘Three beautiful young lives gone in the blink of an eye. I cannot begin to imagine the grief their families are feeling,’ he wrote on Wednesday night.

Mourners were seen at the vigil late on Wednesday night to honour the couple killed

Mourners were seen at the vigil late on Wednesday night to honour the couple killed

Heartbroken loved ones are seen at the tribute service held for Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field

Heartbroken loved ones are seen at the tribute service held for Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field

The tribute has grown throughout the day with loved ones and residents dropping off flowers, stuffed animals and candles

The tribute has grown throughout the day with loved ones and residents dropping off flowers, stuffed animals and candles

Flowers, teddy bears and letters were left at the intersection where a young couple were killed on Australia Day

Flowers, teddy bears and letters were left at the intersection where a young couple were killed on Australia Day

‘I’d like to extend my thanks and support to the first responders and witnesses to this horrific accident who fought so hard to try and save their lives. 

‘Some very small comfort to hear one of the couple’s dogs, Frankie, who had run off from the scene last night was found late this morning after the local community rallied together to help find her after a plea from Kate’s family.’

Ms Leadbetter is understood to have been working as an interior stylist while her partner worked in fabrications.  

The young couple had recently shared a photo of their baby’s ultrasound as they stood proudly in front of a Christmas tree.

Queensland Police are now investigating the potential to lay more charges against the teenager over the death of Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field’s unborn baby.

'Here's two people going about their business innocently on Australia Day, walking their dogs, they should be entitled to do that,' Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd said of the deaths of Mr Field and Ms Leadbetter

‘Here’s two people going about their business innocently on Australia Day, walking their dogs, they should be entitled to do that,’ Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd said of the deaths of Mr Field and Ms Leadbetter

A young child is seen laying a bouquet of flowers at the vigil on Wednesday

A young child is seen laying a bouquet of flowers at the vigil on Wednesday

The vigil started at 6pm at the intersection in Alexandra Hills as hundreds of locals paid their respects

The vigil started at 6pm at the intersection in Alexandra Hills as hundreds of locals paid their respects

Children are seen laying candles at the memorial for the couple in Brisbane's east

Children are seen laying candles at the memorial for the couple in Brisbane’s east

Families lay flowers and candles at the vigil on Wednesday night. The couple were due to become parents in just three months before they were killed

Families lay flowers and candles at the vigil on Wednesday night. The couple were due to become parents in just three months before they were killed 

‘That’s certainly something we’ll be considering as part of the ongoing investigation,’ Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Brian Cold said on Wednesday. 

‘Here’s two people going about their business innocently on Australia Day, walking their dogs, they should be entitled to do that.

‘To have them ripped away from their families is an absolute tragedy, and I can assure you it’s impacted very heavily on the first responders and witnesses who faced that.’ 

The 17-year-old had allegedly been driving erratically through the intersection when he ploughed into a tow truck.

His car then began to roll and moments later collided with the couple walking their two dogs.

It is understood Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field never saw the car coming.  

A woman wipes away tears during a vigil held for Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field at the intersection where they were killed

A woman wipes away tears during a vigil held for Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field at the intersection where they were killed

Huge crowds were seen at the vigil on Wednesday night on the corner of Finucane and Vienna Road

Huge crowds were seen at the vigil on Wednesday night on the corner of Finucane and Vienna Road

Harrowing scenes are pictured at the memorial held on Wednesday night following the tragic deaths of a young Brisbane couple

Harrowing scenes are pictured at the memorial held on Wednesday night following the tragic deaths of a young Brisbane couple

Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field had been dating for more than four years and were expecting their first child

Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field had been dating for more than four years and were expecting their first child

Mr Field was killed instantly while desperate attempts from passersby were made to save his girlfriend’s life.

 At a hearing in his absence he was remanded in custody. 

Outside court the teen’s lawyer Patrick Horgan said it had been a ‘very traumatic experience for everyone involved’. 

A GoFundMe page was initially set up to help cover the costs of medical treatment for the couple’s dog, Frankie.

But after a local vet decided against charging to assess the animal, the funds will now go towards funerals for Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field. 



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