A mum who was burned alive in her car along with her three young children stunned police with her act of bravery in her final moments.
The horrific murder took place in a suburban Brisbane street, in Australia on February 19, when Hannah Clarke was taking her children to school.
Her estranged husband suddenly jumped into the passenger seat of her car and doused the family in petrol.
Rowan Baxter, 42, set them all alight before telling people nearby not to help.
He then took his own life, the Daily Star Online reports.
The children, Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3, died in the car while Hannah jumped from the driver’s seat screaming: “He’s poured petrol on me.”
The hero mum later died in hospital, but not before giving police detailed statements about the tragic incident and the years of psychological abuse.
The 31-year-old has been recognised in the inaugural Marie Claire Women of the Year list for her bravery in bringing nationwide attention to lesser-known form of domestic abuse – coercive control, Australian media reports.
“Though she had burns to 97 per cent of her body, Hannah still managed to give police a clear and articulate statement,” Hannah’s mother, Sue Clarke, told Marie Claire.
“She pushed herself to repeat it; the police were in awe. It was truly to make him pay – she was going to fight for her babies to the end.”
Before Hannah and her children were killed, they moved into her parents house to escape Baxter’s controlling behaviour.
In early January, he was given a domestic violence order (DBO) by a Brisbane court for kidnapping one of their children and taking her interstate against Hannah’s wishes.
The family claimed he stalked the mum through her phone and knew where she was at all times.
Baxter also forced her to have sex with him every night.
Nicky Briger, Marie Claire editor, said Hannah displayed “incredible bravery and resilience during those last horrific hours of her life to ensure her story was told.”
She said it was important her efforts were recognised.
“Because of Hannah, coercive control was given nationwide attention, and now her parents – Sue and Lloyd – are carrying on her legacy by fighting to make coercive control a crime in Australia,” the editor said.
If you have been affected by domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge’s 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247