Court hears extraordinary comment by mother of drowned sons


The mum charged over the deaths of her two sons who drowned in Townsville was overheard saying “I slept well last night knowing I didn’t have to get up to the boys,” a court has heard.

Leeanne Chrysilla Eatts faces 14 charges including two counts of manslaughter after her sons Barak Austral, 5, and Jhulio Sariago, 3, were found dead in the Ross River on February 26, after they had gone missing from their Queensland home.

Ms Eatts reapplied for bail via video-link in the Townsville Magistrates Court on Tuesday, the Townsville Bulletinreports.

Police Prosecutor Liam Wise opposed bail and said Ms Eatts had been overheard saying: “I slept well last night knowing I didn’t have to get up to the boys”.

Ms Eatts broke down several times during the proceeding, according to the Townsville Bulletin. Members of her family supported her in court and the matter was adjourned to May 7 when Magistrate Stephen Mosche will hand down his decision.

Barak Austral, 5, and Jhulio Sariago, 3, were found in the Ross River on February 26.Source:Supplied

The brothers were inseparable, according to family.

The brothers were inseparable, according to family.Source:Supplied

MUM WAS ‘INCONSOLABLE’ AFTER BOYS WENT MISSING

It was just before 4.30pm on February 25, on a sunny Townsville day, that a camera attached to a Brett St home in the suburb of Cranbrook filmed brothers Jhulio and Barak Eatts happily setting off an adventure to their favourite park on the banks of the Ross River.

Barak had finished school an hour earlier when he and his brother Jhulio left their family home, also on Brett St, and started the short walk to Cranbrook Park.

The home CCTV briefly caught the boys, walking without shoes, before they disappeared from view. It would be the last image of them alive.

Family and Friends farewell brothers Barak Austral Jr and Jhulio Sariago. Picture: Glen Campbell

Family and Friends farewell brothers Barak Austral Jr and Jhulio Sariago. Picture: Glen CampbellSource:News Corp Australia

The boys’ mother Leeanne Chrysilla Eatts at their memorial ceremony. Picture: Alix Sweeney.

The boys’ mother Leeanne Chrysilla Eatts at their memorial ceremony. Picture: Alix Sweeney.Source:News Corp Australia

Despite a massive search effort, involving more than 100 Townsville locals, the boys’ bodies were found submerged in the Ross River the next morning just before 5am.

Police found their bodies “only a couple of metres from each other” in a deep cutaway section of the river about 10 hours after they slipped away from their mother to play at their favourite park.

Ms Eatts was later charged with two counts of manslaughter, alleging her “gross negligence” caused her sons’ deaths.

Opposing bail on the first occasion, police prosecutor Kellie Mythen told the court the police case was strong and the brief included 156 statements from witnesses, including many who lived near Ms Eatts’ home, who had allegedly observed a “lack of supervision” of the young boys.

Defence lawyer Michael O’Dea said it was “a long bow to draw to say” Ms Eatts was responsible for her sons’ deaths.

“The facts are these two boys have left the home and someway fallen in to the Ross River and drowned,” he said.

The little boys were found submerged in the Ross River.

The little boys were found submerged in the Ross River.Source:Supplied

At a memorial following the boys’ deaths, Barak Austral — the father of Barak “Junior” — said the brothers were inseparable.

“Blood always will be thicker than water. Not even death will separate our sons,” Mr Austral said.

“It didn’t take Junior long to tell me he was thinking about his little brother every time I visited. Their beaming beautiful faces will always be remembered.”



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