A string of shocking texts sent by a Bandidos bikie enforcer to his girlfriend in the days before he savagely beat her to death have emerged along with disturbing details of his violent behaviour.
Tara Brown, 24, died after she was ran off the a Gold Coast road by Lionel Patea on on September 8, 2015.
While she lay trapped in her car, Patea repeatedly bashed her with a steel fire hydrant cover.
The pair had been together since 2011 and shared a three-year-old daughter.
Shocking new details about the lead up to Ms Brown’s death have since been aired in findings released by Queensland Deputy State Coroner Jane Bentley.
The report found that Patea was repeatedly violent with the young woman and allegedly asked Bandidos members to bash one of her friends whom he thought she was sleeping with.
Patea pleaded guilty to her murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2017.
Tara Brown was driven off a Gold Coast road, in Queensland, by Bandidos sergeant-at-arms and partner Lionel Patea, before she became trapped in her car and beaten to death with a steel fire hydrant cover
Shocking text messages sent from Patea to Ms Brown have been aired in recent findings into her death by the Queensland Coroner’s Report (pictured, mock-up of one of the texts sent by Patea)
In June 2012, Ms Brown had separated from Patea and was living with her mother.
Patea then sent Ms Brown 12 text messages and called her 30 times on July 12, 2012.
One of the texts read: ‘if u dnt pickup Im guna smash d f**k owta our house n kill zuez at least I know were to go to get ur mum I warned u wat wuld happen’ (sic).’
In the days leading up to her death Ms Brown said she was receiving hundreds of threatening texts and calls a day.
‘U COLD HEARTED DOG U CAN GET F****D I WANT MY 3 GRAND IM UPLOADING VIDEOS TO FACEBOOK AND SERISLLY IF I DON’T ANSWER UR FONE I WILL TXT AND EMAIL ALL UR WORK MATES VIDEOS OF U FINGER ******* URSELF IM LOOSING IT TARA SERISLLY IM A SINGLE DAD IF U WANNA DITCH US IM GUNNA MAKE U FEEL LIKE U WISIH U NEVER HAD UR DAUGHTER YOUR NOT BEING FAIR TARS (sic)’ one of the texts said.
Patea was known to be extremely jealous and would constantly call Ms Brown when he wasn’t with her, the report found.
He paid for her to stay in separate hotels from her team when she would go away on touch football competitions because she had male teammates.
In the days leading up to her death Ms Brown said she was receiving hundreds of threatening texts and calls a da. A text is pictured
Ms Brown also revealed she had been pinned down on the bed and threatened with a pair of scissors by Patea
One friend claimed Patea often demanded to know what she was wearing and would label her a ‘s**t’ and accuse her of cheating on him, the findings reported.
While pregnant, Ms Brown was allegedly strangled and pushed down the stairs by Patea who then threatened to slit their dog’s throat and bash her brother.
Ms Brown first reported the violence to police after an incident occurred when she was 33 weeks pregnant in June 2012.
She had stopped at a service station to get a chocolate bar but Patea became so angry he ripped off her dress, spat at her, threw a bucket at her and called her a ‘putrid dog mongrel s**t’.
Ms Brown, who was too fearful to make a formal complaint, also revealed her partner had threatened her with a handgun and smashed her windscreen.
Police then applied for a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO).
In May 2012, when Ms Brown was giving birth, Patea threatened to slit the throat of her mother because he thought she had ‘ignored’ him when he arrived at the hospital.
While pregnant, Ms Brown was allegedly strangled and pushed down the stairs by Patea who then threatened to slit their dog’s throat and bash her brother
The findings also revealed that there were 27 lethality risk factors present at the time Ms Brown was killed.
These included a history of violence from Patea towards Ms Brown, threats by Patea to commit suicide and attempts he had made to isolate her from her family and friends.
Patea also sought control over every aspect of her life and would not only force her to pay rent for living in his home but would move money out of her account leaving her in on one occasion with just $8.
The disturbing new details come after it was revealed police had dismissed Ms Brown when she asked them for help.
Ms Bentley said Ms Brown had gone to police to make an application for a domestic violence protection order on September 3 – five days before her death.
Her pleas for help were rejected, with one officer telling an internal investigation it was ‘commonplace for women to make false allegations to further their position in Family Court matters’.
Ms Brown’s solicitor had called ahead at the Southport Police Station to request a private room for Ms Brown so she could discuss her fears over Patea.
But Ms Bentley says police failed to provide a room or to take a statement when Ms Brown arrived at the station.
During the time of Ms Brown’s death, she had been hiding from Patea at a safe house and friends’ homes
Ms Brown even showed the constable at reception she had received ‘hundreds of messages in the space of hours’ from Patea.
‘The constable spoke to his shift supervisor, a sergeant, and both concluded that they had no evidence to confirm that domestic and family violence had occurred,’ Ms Bentley said.
The state coroner also said Ms Brown had seen a member of Patea’s family outside the station and expressed concern they might be watching her.
Ms Brown also revealed she had been pinned down on the bed and threatened with a pair of scissors by Patea.
Ms Bentley said the constable did not accurately record the incident when he was told about it.
‘Ms Brown reported that Mr Patea held scissors to her throat and threatened her, but the constable’s recollection and reporting of events differed dramatically from that of the solicitor and Ms Brown’s mother, who were also present,’ Ms Bentley said.
‘He recorded that scissors fell out of Mr Patea’s pocket after he pushed her onto the bed and that it was not a violent push.
‘Ms Brown was reluctant to sign a statement about the events.’
Queensland Deputy State Coroner Jane Bentley released findings into the death of Tara Brown, 24, more than five years after she was killed on September 8, 2015
During the time of Ms Brown’s death, she had been hiding from Patea at a safe house and friends’ homes.
On September 8, 2015, the day of her murder, Ms Brown had just dropped off her three-year-old daughter Aria at daycare when Patea chased down her hatchback with a four-wheel-drive.
Patea ultimately rammed the back of Ms Brown’s car, forcing her down an embankment and trapping her inside the overturned vehicle.
He used the metal slab weighing 7.8kg taken from the side of the road to repeatedly bash her head, causing ‘non-survivable’ brain injuries.
Emergency operators listened helplessly as the mother cried for help – as more than a dozen ‘thumping’ sounds were recorded over the phone.
It was later revealed Patea had learned Ms Brown had been seeing another man and had threatened her in the days leading up to her death by holding a pair of scissors to her throat.