ANOTHER nice dad kills his son. Why? (Supposedly) Because his marriage broke up. (Why are women leaving these gems?) I have 3 words for these guys: SUCK IT UP.
A LITTLE boy thrown to his death from a bridge had tried to comfort his dad after his mother left them.
Friends and neighbours said a marriage break-up probably caused the murder-suicide of Jason Lees, 40, and his toddler Brad.
A neighbour yesterday recounted the heartwrenching day when two-year-old Brad hugged his weeping dad on the back stairs of their Brisbane home.
Marlene Stephens, who lives next door, said she thought Mr Lees’ wife Danielle was no longer living with them when he made the fateful decision to kill his son and take his own life.
“She left him a while back and you could hear and see him crying on the back stairs,” she said.
“I remember the little boy came down and wrapped his arms around him – I’m always going to remember that image.”
Ms Stephens said Brad always gave her a wave.
“It was always so lovely to hear them laugh. He was a beautiful kid,” she said.
Mr Lees, a much-admired teacher at a top private school in Brisbane, rode his bike on to Story Bridge about 2.30am on Monday and jumped to his death with Brad.
His wife, a psychologist from the Gold Coast, could not be contacted yesterday.
The couple met after Mr Lees moved from Canada about 15 years ago.
Bill Lees told the Ottawa Sun he met his baby nephew when his brother and his family visited Canada in 2010 so Jason could referee an international rugby sevens match. “That was the last time I saw them,” he said.
Rugby friends say they used to see Danielle at matches quite often, but hadn’t seen her much in the past year.
“He loved his little son – he was the apple of his eye,” one friend said.
A parent said on Facebook that Mr Lees taught her son.
“Why can I only feel deep sadness for his pain instead of condemning him for what he has done to himself and Brad?” she wrote.
- with Kate Kyriacou and Rose Brennan