Lisa Wilkinson rips into guest over issue close to her heart

Things got heated on the Today show this morning when Lisa Wilkinson spoke to the lawyer who free a killer.
Lisa and the lawyer clashed this morning. Image: Today show.

Lisa Wilkinson is often regarded as the calming presence on the Today show, but she didn’t hold back this morning when talking to the lawyer responsible for freeing wife killer David Bradford.

Lisa made it clear that she is fed up with bail laws around the country that repeatedly see violent men, and women, released before reoffending again.

After everything that has happened lately, can you really blame her?

Bradford had been released on bail at the Gold Coast earlier this month after being charged with violent acts against his wife.

Just weeks later he stormed into their home, killing her before taking his own life. The couple’s four children were home at the time and were forced to flee to neighbours for help.

Lisa was interviewing Bradford’s lawyer Mark Donnelly and was visibly annoyed when he said he thought bail laws were fine right now.

“I thought the decision to grant bail was appropriate in the circumstances, Mr Bradford didn’t have any criminal history, this was a single incident,” Donnelly said.

“In relation to bail I think it was actually the right thing to do, he should have been given bail sooner than spending 44 days in custody.”

A surprised looking Lisa then asked: “But if that’s the case why do think police felt very strongly that he shouldn’t be allowed out on bail?

“Many of those surrounding the case felt that Teresa was in grave danger of being murdered, and one of her friends, Carina Mason, said as soon as Teresa found out her husband had been murdered she ‘lived in fear of her life’?”

Mr Donnelly responded: “Police take statements from witnesses, Mrs Bradford was the complainant, and charges were laid, so based on that police believed her.

“But my client is the accused, so he has the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.”

Wilkinson added: “So you’re happy with the situation as it stands, but the situation as it stands means a woman is dead and four children are without their mother.”

There has been plenty of talk lately about bail laws with many saying we need to change the system before more lives are lost.

How do you feel about this? Do you agree with Lisa? Should we change bail laws?

  1. I strongly agree with Lisa regarding changing the bail laws,as to many innocent
    life’s have been lost.

    • Norman Ironside  

      The whole system stinks, innocent people are in danger because the civil libertarian left think these people can be helped, if a dog bites a child it is put down without question , how about we imprison these mongrels with no release clauses yhat can’t be overturned by a feeble minded judge. We need a prison like Alcatraz on one of the islands in bass straight. Let the try to escape from their. How many lives are lost because of stupid decisions. Just like the Bourke Street massacre .Victoria needs to toughen up and let the police do their job, the crims know what the process is and know they will be released..

  2. Jan Boyle  

    The entire justice system is broken. The police are doing their jobs and then everything falls apart as soon as these criminals get in front of a magistrate. The whole justice system need updating as it is not in tune with what is happening today. NO bail for repeat offenders, violent offenders or offenders that the police have advised against bailing. Magistrates need to be held accountable for the behaviour of these offenders they deem safe to bail.
    On a similar subject, Parole should not be something that is offered in our penal system. When prisoners are sentenced they should serve out that sentence in full but if they misbehave in jail then the sentence should be increased. The incentive is get out on time if you are good but increased time to be served it you are not. NO PAROLE. Honestly all these so called experts that run this country don’t live if the real world.

    • J E Sinagra  

      I agree with you, Jan Boyle.

    • Lesley Sullivan  

      You are spot on with your comments Jan. Completely agree.

    • Absolutely agree with you Jan,if police oppose bail it is usually for a very good reason.

  3. Margaret_Mason-58928f21a7c48  

    Well said Lisa. I am hoping that both he and the magistrate who granted bail have got massive attacks of the guilts – but it doesn’t sound much like it.

  4. Graham Cousins  

    The Westminster system does appear at times to be strange however I am sure Lisa would be screaming long and loud if she ever finds her self inside the system and Seeking bail and she is refused

  5. Phil  

    Graham – the Westminster system refers to Parliament, not the courts/

  6. Anne Sayles  

    Couldn’t agree more with Lisa. As for the lawyer, how would he feel if it was his family in the firing line.

  7. Wendy Ostberg  

    There is no doubt in my mind our system fails so many and needs to be changed.
    Violence is becoming the norm these days. We no longer have a news report on our TV’s we have a crime report.
    The laws are there to protect the innocent it appears we spend more time and money defending the guilty.
    All those that abuse out there know that in reality they are likely to be able to walk away.

  8. Kevin Bee  

    I would place more credence on the opinion of the police, than on that of the defendant’s legal counsel. I agree that there are a few areas in the legal system that need investigation. The granting of bail and inappropriate lenient sentencing are the two most important areas.

  9. Peter  

    The only justice in this country is for the perpetrator, if you are a victim, BEWARE FOR YOUR LIFE.

  10. John Phillips  

    I would like to know how much was his bail and who paid it ? It won’t happen, but let’s make the lawyers representing these pricks put up the bail

  11. Bruce Taylor  

    The justice system in Australia is totally broken. It is time for some drastic action.
    1. Fix the issue with bail. If you are on bail and commit another offence bail should be revoked and you should be remanded in custody until trial. Bail should not be granted if police oppose it.
    2. Introduce some kind of mandatory minimum sentencing. Like 5 years for first offence drug dealers doubling for each subsequent offence.
    3. Bring in a law that makes it impossible for a violent offender to receive leniency because he was under the influence of drugs at the time of the offence. The fact that he had to break the law in the first place by using illegal drugs should bring an extra sentence.

    • Chris  

      I agree except i wouldn’t trust the Australian police with my shopping! Much less anyone’s freedom

  12. Russell Anderson  

    In Australia we have a legal system, NOT a justice system. This becomes more apparent with every sad event like this one.

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