Anne Marie Stent, second from left, with her husband Paul and children, Mitchell and Emma.
Anne Marie Stent, second from left, with her husband Paul and children, Mitchell and Emma.

Grieving sister slams ‘arrogant’ Newman

THE sister of a woman killed by a bus in Brisbane's CBD on Tuesday has demanded a public apology from former premier Campbell Newman over his "arrogant" comments about the incident.

The family's outrage has prompted Mr Newman to apologise over his tweets, in which he denounced the Queensland Police Service's decision to close Ann St and delay traffic following the woman's death.

Anne Marie Stent, 51, was struck by a Brisbane City Council bus while crossing the road just before 7am on Tuesday.

The incident and subsequent road closure put the CBD into gridlock for several hours during peak hour.

The chaos prompted Mr Newman to tweet: "There must be a better way for the Qld Police to deal with a tragic pedestrian death than to shut down the entire northern side of Brisbane and create total and utter chaos extending more than 5km from the CBD."

Mrs Stent's devastated older sister Caroline Clair yesterday told The Courier-Mail Mr Newman had shown "a complete disregard for my sister's dignity".

"That man disgusts me," Ms Clair said.

"I dare you to make a public apology to my family.

"If it was his daughter, I bet dollars to doughnuts he would have demanded they close the entire road. He has absolutely no respect."

Mr Newman apologised when called by The Courier-Mail and revealed he had met Mrs Stent three times in recent years.

"I'm deeply sorry that I've caused the family that sort of hurt and I apologise to them. That was not my intention," he said.

 

The family’s outrage has prompted Mr Newman to apologise over his tweets Picture: AAP Image / Darren England
The family’s outrage has prompted Mr Newman to apologise over his tweets Picture: AAP Image / Darren England

 

"(Mrs Stent's) former boss conveyed to me that she worked at a law firm in the city.

"I've been there for meetings and I met her on about three occasions."

Mr Newman said he also planned to send an apology letter to the sent family.

Mrs Stent - an office manager for law firm Talbot Sayer - has been remembered as "dynamic" by her family.

Ms Clair said she was the centre of the family and would be missed sorely.

She leaves behind husband Paul and children Emma, 23, and Mitchell, 20.

Mr Stent said his wife "was an amazing woman and never really understood how loved she was and how amazing she was at everything".

"She was my best friend, my one and only love and I am gutted and empty, however (I) have to soldier on for my kids," he said.

"She will be sadly missed with her life cut way too short … she deserves to be up in lights."

Tragically, the family was due to have lunch at a Samford Valley restaurant on Sunday to celebrate Mitchell's 21st.

"Instead we'll be planning a funeral," Ms Clair said.

Ms Clair thanked LNP Leader Deb Frecklington for "standing up" for her sister.

Ms Frecklington slammed Mr Newman in a response on Twitter, labelling his comments "insensitive and inappropriate".

The police response was also praised by the family.

"The police should be praised, they closed the street and treated my sister with the utmost respect," Ms Clair said.

Mrs Stent is expected to be farewelled next week.



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