Health worker leaks grim fact about double murderer

A man who murdered his wife’s friend and her daughter in a violent rage had a cyst on his brain the size of a cricket ball, it can be revealed.

A paramedic said Mark Bombara had been receiving treatment at the hospital days before the double murder in Perth last Friday and his behavior towards staff had become aggressive.

62-year-old Bombara shot dead Jennifer Petelczyc and her 18-year-old daughter Gretl in the leafy suburb of Floreat.

He went to their property to look for his estranged wife, but turned the gun on himself after killing Mrs Petelczyc and her daughter.

The healthcare worker who spoke with WA todayspeaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the issue, said staff expressed concerns about Mr. Bombara’s behavior.

They added that Mr Bombara would not have been discharged from hospital if doctors had known he was being “sent home to 13 guns”.

Mr. Bombara suffered a mini-stroke in January and was admitted to the hospital.

He had a similar episode a few weeks ago and the staff noticed that he was aggressive and intimidating.

Mr Bombar’s family also said his behavior changed “dramatically” before the double murder and his own suicide.

A health worker said the WA health system had failed the two women who had been killed.

“If this team knew they were sending someone home at 13 guns, with a cyst that big and with that kind of behavior … there would have been a discussion with the police,” the health worker said.

They also revealed that staff were so concerned about Mr Bombara’s behavior that they recommended his driving license be suspended.

On Tuesday, Mr Bombar’s daughter Ariel said she and her mother ran away from home in March.

She claimed she spoke to police three times between March 30 and April 2, describing the “imminent threat” to their lives due to their father’s violent history and access to firearms.

Ariel also claimed she was denied a 72-hour restraining order against her father.

She added that she was sure her father would have killed without a weapon.

“The gun reform currently being debated is an important step, but I firmly believe that even without guns, my father would have committed a horrific act of violence that would likely have claimed his life,” she said.

The health official said there is a need to improve communication between agencies so that health professionals can better assess the risks involved.

They proposed that information be shared on the My Health electronic system, which would alert health professionals if a person with a brain injury who is exhibiting worrisome behavior has a gun license.

“I understand the point of the daughter, that if he wanted to do harm, he would [with or without a gun] but his brain wasn’t working properly. I wouldn’t make good decisions. That should be included in this gun law reform debate,” the worker said.

“We need mandatory reporting and an improved ability to assess risk – we need to know if people have firearms because we often visit their homes.”


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