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I bought the Shit Car: On Father's Day in Australia in 2005, Robert Farquharson drove his automobile and 3 sons in a dam in state Victoria. The estranged husband and loving father was once the one one to survive.

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Initial news stories told how, just after 7 pm, Farquharson's car had run off the road about seven km east of Winchelsea; how he had tried unsuccessfully to save his sons; how he'd then struggled from the dam and made it to the road where he flagged down a car. His own mobile was wet and useless and the driver of the car that stopped didn't have one. Farquharson begged to be taken into Winchelsea to raise the alarm. Friends and family members then rushed back to the dam. When the CFA and SES crews arrived at the chaotic scene at about 8 pm, other people were already desperately searching for the boys.

Clanchy told Farquharson that 'the examination that's been done in relation to how the car…. came into the dam, there's no - there's no indication at this stage of any loss of control of the vehicle'. Farquharson: 'Well, I'm telling the truth. I blacked out. I had a coughing fit and I blacked out. I mean, I wouldn't do that'. ' Farquharson: 'I mean, I wouldn't do something deliberately like that, what people are trying to say. I had a coughing fit, and I blacked out and I can't remember anything.

Second, you killed three children. 'Third, you were in total control of the children. There was no other adult present who could help them. Fourth, they were totally dependent upon you for their safety. They were not in a position to help themselves. 'Fifth, these were crimes you had contemplated over significant time. They were not committed in a momentary lapse of self-restraint or surge of emotion. 'Sixth, your purpose was to inflict punishment upon their mother, your estranged wife. 'Seventh, it was a necessary part of your intention to kill all three children.

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