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Tara Brown murder: Estranged partner Lionel Patea pleads guilty to killing Gold Coast mother

ABC News logo ABC News 27/02/2017 Melinda Howells and Andrew Kos

The 24-year-old mother-of-one died in hospital. © Tara Brown/Instagram The 24-year-old mother-of-one died in hospital. Former Bandido bikie Lionel Patea has pleaded guilty to the bashing murder of his ex-partner Tara Brown on the Gold Coast.

Patea ran Ms Brown's car off a road at Molendinar on the Gold Coast in September 2015.

She was trapped in her upturned car and Patea bashed her with a metal plate.

The 24-year-old mother-of-one died a day later in hospital.

Patea's trial began this morning in the Supreme Court in Brisbane, where he pleaded guilty to murder.

Patea and Ms Brown had been in a relationship since 2011 and had a daughter in 2012.

The court heard how Patea chased Ms Brown at high speed through the Gold Coast after she dropped their daughter at day care.

Patea turned himself in to police about 30 minutes after the attack with-self inflicted stab wounds and told police about "doing something bad".

Ms Brown was taken to hospital with "non-survivable head injuries", including six face and skull fractures.

The court was told Ms Brown wanted to break-up with Patea in 2015.

Tara Brown died in hospital after an alleged attack by her former partner at Molendinar on the Gold Coast. © AAP Image/Dan Peled Tara Brown died in hospital after an alleged attack by her former partner at Molendinar on the Gold Coast. 'Narcissistic monster'

Family and friends of Ms Brown packed the court room this morning, with many standing and emotional when his guilty plea was read.

Ms Brown's mother Natalie Hinton read out a victim impact statement to the court, describing Patea as a "narcissistic monster".

Ms Hinton described the domestic violence abuse of her daughter, saying Patea was now under control.

She said when she saw her daughter in hospital she was "broken" and "a shadow of her beauty".

Ms Hinton said Ms Brown's daughter asked about her mum every day, but was not aware "of the full extent of this monster's brutality".

A witness who tried to help Ms Brown during the attack, Lisa Kennedy, told the court what she saw Patea do to Ms Brown had "horrified me to my core".

"Even though I tried to stop you ... I felt hopeless and helpless," she said in a victim impact statement.

"She was screaming at me to help her from you.

"Did I do my best, did I try hard enough?

"I felt like I had failed Tara."

In October 2015, a police investigation into her death heard allegations Ms Brown had sought police assistance with domestic violence issues in the week before her death but was turned away.


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