The news came in last night that the unnamed 15-year-old alleged to have been driving the car that hit Clea Rose has been charged with manslaughter on top of the charges relating to the stealing of that car as well as some other vehicles.
The Canberra Times also carried the story this morning. They also said Ms Rose’s sister had accused ACT Urban Services of removing the flowers and tributes left in the bus interchange for Clea. Urban Services denied this.
ED UPDATE: Tributes removed were such as this one captured by Loadedog.
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FURTHER UPDATE Emma Renwick from Stateline has written in with a different interpretation of the part about flowers and tributes being removed.
She says Zoe Rose did not accuse anyone of anything. She said the lines in the CT story “Ms Rose’s sister, Zoe, said flowers put on a light pole by her family were removed within two days. She asked that people leave any flowers there” were probably based on an interview she (Emma) did with the Rose Dunn family last Monday, which a CT journo also attended.
The full transcript of this interview is here and the relevant section is below.
ZOE ROSE: On the day that Clea died we put flowers at the place were she was killed.
FRANCES ROSE: So that people would know.
ZOE ROSE: Yep, so that people would know.
FRANCES ROSE: And to commemorate her.
ZOE ROSE: And they were gone within two days. And then her boyfriend put up more flowers and they were gone, lots of her friends and other members of the family have gone and replaced them and there’s a light pole in civic now, which has a lot of sticky tape on it but no flowers.
ROSS DUNN: I think someone has been very zealous in doing the clean up which could be done a bit more sensitively.
ZOE ROSE: We would appreciate it very much anyone who sees flowers on a pole…
ROSS DUNN: Just leave them there please.
ZOE ROSE: Just leave them there; we would really appreciate that a lot.
Now that still sounds to me like the family is (rightly) annoyed at the flowers being taken away and I assumed, on reading the CT article this morning, that because Urban Services had made a statement saying it was not them, the family’s annoyance must have been directed at them.