LISTEN: Daughter of convicted killer speaks out
WHEN Simone Robson was told her father had been accused of brutally murdering a 23-year-old woman, her world crumbled.
She was 14, trying to find her place in the world and studying at Glenmore State High School when her father Stephen, then 43, killed his former partner Lara Ashcroft on a side road off the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Rd.
The repercussions of his actions have haunted both families and his release from prison 15 years on has been an emotional time.
LISTEN: Simone Robson speaks to The Morning Bulletin
"Both families have gone through something different and it's hard to understand," Simone said.
"It's taken this long just to try and understand something like this and then it just gets bought up again and it takes you back to square one sometimes."
Simone was living with her mother and step-father at the time and said she couldn't believe what had unfolded initially.
"It felt surreal, if anything," Simone said.
"I was like 'that can't be right'.
"But to see everyone else reacting the way they were it definitely felt real.
"It's a total shock to the system to have someone who's supposed to be your father and you look up to do something like that.
"You never dream that something like that could happen.
"I don't think there's any measure of time that can ever make anything okay.
"It had such a huge impact on me initially."
Since her father was sentenced, Simone said she had only spoken to him about five times.
"I've visited him a couple of times," she said.
"I think probably out of pure curiosity at some point.
"You want to get some sort of answers after a while."
Simone said her father hasn't yet been able to give her the answers she's searching for.
In speaking out about her experience, Simone said she did not want to take anything away from the heartbreak Lara's family have faced.
"I can't ever imagine how they feel," she said.
"I just wanted people to know there is another side to things."
Simone said what her father did was "100% wrong" and had ruined lives, leaving repercussions for both families to deal with on a daily basis.