AS Amanda Lee pulled into the ambulance bay at Wodonga Hospital in September 2010, her heavily bleeding brother-in-law “Snowy” slumped into her lap.
He was never to regain consciousness; Adam Kristen Fielding’s life support was turned off three days later at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Amanda Lee was hospitalised for 10 days with a stab wound.
She has been left with a legacy of anger, guilt and a scar on her stomach as a result of the actions by a former friend, Michael Anthony Crocker.
“I can no longer pick up my daughter for cuddles,” Ms Lee told the court in a victim impact statement yesterday.
“It’s been difficult to explain to her why I can’t hold her or pick her up when she has an accident.”
While Ms Lee’s daughter struggles to understand, another three children attempt to come to terms with the loss of their father — Mr Fielding’s two sons Christopher and Matthew and his daughter Angel.
Their mother, Fiona Lee, said her eldest son Christopher had been “messed up” by the crime.
“It’s hard on him as his father wasn’t just a father but a best friend also,” Ms Lee said.
“He had always been a happy boy. But in the last two years after his father’s death he has lost his happiness.
“A 20-year-old man, a boy without his dad.”
Fiona Lee was Mr Fielding’s partner of almost 20 years and he was the father of her children, the pair having separated just before his death.
She said the tragedy had caused a rift in her family, as she was unable to forgive her sister Amanda for her role in the incident.
“I loved and always will love Adam. I do so much want him to walk in the door and it’ll all become a bad dream.”
Mr Fielding used to walk his young daughter, Angel, to school every day.
Her life, too, will never be the same, said her mother.
“She is missing her father very much and shows it by breaking down crying at home at least once a week or fortnight,” Ms Lee said.
“She is a sad little girl now.”
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