Murder accused ‘was pushed too far’
PAANICE Frauline Lawrence's smile could not be wider. Surrounded by her two children, her hair shining and neatly framing her face, they sit close together in a grassy field.
About 15 years later that picture could not be more different after Lawrence was accused of shooting her partner, Scott James Morrison, dead on Wednesday.
Lawrence's face was emotionless, her hair stringy and falling in her face as she shuffled into the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday morning charged with murder and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Lawrence's family claims she is innocent and was in a violent relationship and had been pushed too far.
But friends of Mr Morrison, 46, told the Gold Coast Bulletin the keen surfer was "a lover not a fighter" and cared for everyone.
Police documents reveal the pair had been drinking at a Waverley Street house at Southport.
Police allege in the documents that Lawrence, 39, told officers Mr Morrison had been making "belittling remarks" to her before she shot him.
The documents said called triple-0 about 2.05am.
The pair were not home alone, with the shooting waking Lawrence's two adult children and her daughter-in-law.
Her son, Tuki Lawrence, spoke to the Bulletin yesterday and told of a loving mother who worked hard.
"She is innocent," he said.
"Because you know, people only get pushed so much before they click."
Mr Lawrence said his mother, who worked at the Southport Yacht Club, arrived home about 6.30pm on Wednesday.
He said Mr Morrison arrived at their home about 8pm and was drunk.
"He always came to the place drunk," he said.
Mr Lawrence said he was not sure what exactly occurred in the lead-up to the shot being fired as everyone in the house had left the pair to their own devices.
It is understood both were drinking.
"I don't know why she done it," he said.
He described his mother as a "spiritual person" who moved to Australia last year from New Zealand seeking a better wage for her work as a chef.
Mr Lawrence said he thought the relationship with Mr Morrison had not been a happy one and claimed it had been marred by domestic violence.
He said his mother had been seeing Mr Morrison for about six months.
The pair met at the Anglers Arms Hotel in Queen St, Southport, just a short distance from Lawrence's home.
Mr Lawrence said it was a close family and he and his sister would continue to support their mother.
In court, Lawrence's thin figure was swamped by a bright yellow, oversized jumper as she sat silently in the dock.
The short appearance lasted just a little over a minute and her lawyer, Elliott Boddice, of Fisher Dore Lawyers, asked for an adjournment.
Magistrate Gary Finger agreed, sending the matter to the Domestic Violence Court on January 12.