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East Lismore murder-suicide: Doctor is called out for asking shocking question about what caused dad to kill son

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A Victorian doctor has been slammed after sharing his shocking take on what caused a northern NSW father to kill himself and his son.

James Harrison, 38, a NSW Health business analyst and his toddler son, Rowan, were found dead inside a unit in East Lismore on the NSW far north coast late last month.

Police allege that Harrison killed his son using a system rigged up to pump gas into his unit when he was supposed to be dropping the little boy off to his mother, Dr Sophie Roome, who had prime custody of the child. 

Dr Julian Fidge, a GP from Wangaratta, took to social media to ask: ‘What sort of treatment of this father caused him to commit these awful acts?

‘As a GP, I hear many stories of terrible decisions by the Family Court that seem designed to antagonise the father. I often wonder if the judges are dangerously goading fathers.’ 

Dr Julian Fidge, a GP from Wangaratta in Victoria, caused a debate online

Dr Julian Fidge, a GP from Wangaratta in Victoria, (pictured)

Dr Julian Fidge, a GP from Wangaratta in Victoria, (pictured) caused a debate online by suggesting the Family Court pushed a  Harrison to murder his son

Victoria Fielding was the first of many to call our Dr Fidge's comments online

Victoria Fielding was the first of many to call our Dr Fidge’s comments online 

James Harrison (pictured) murdered his son Rowan, two, and killed himself while his mother, Dr Sophie Roome, was working on May 19

James Harrison (pictured) murdered his son Rowan, two, and killed himself while his mother, Dr Sophie Roome, was working on May 19 

Communication lecturer Dr Victoria Fielding was first to respond to Dr Fidge online where she called out his take on the situation.   

‘This is a disgraceful statement by someone who is meant to be on the frontline of protecting the community,’ she wrote. 

Ms Fielding accused Dr Fidge of abetting the problem by blaming family courts instead of a ‘murderous man’. 

‘There’s a concerted effort amongst people like this GP to blame the court for a child’s horrendous murder because they want to make the murdererous man the victim,’ she wrote. 

‘If the court was at fault, it’s because they didn’t see violence against the mother as an obvious risk to the safety of the child.’ 

Others who replied to Ms Fielding similarly criticised Dr Fidge for being ‘part of the problem.’

‘What a completely blind, deaf and ignorant thing to say,’ one woman fumed.

‘I don’t want to hear ‘oh the poor man’ insanity, if the man is violent in any way it is a clear red flag to keep children away from them. This mindset is horrendous.’

‘He murdered his own son, nothing makes this acceptable,’ another person added.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Dr Fidge for comment. 

Harrison and his two-year-old son were found dead inside the East Lismore unit, in NSW's Northern Rivers region, on May 19

Harrison and his two-year-old son were found dead inside the East Lismore unit, in NSW’s Northern Rivers region, on May 19

Mother speaks out about her little boy’s tragic death 

Dr Roome recently broke her silence about the death of her beloved son. 

‘Our family is facing incomprehensible grief. Our beloved Rowan was taken from us in the most unfathomable way.

‘Rowan’s life was ended by an evil and cowardly act of violence, perpetrated by a person he should have been able to trust the most. There are no possible excuses for this hurt, and no end to the pain it has caused.’

She expected Rowan to be returned by her about 4pm on Sunday after the ICU physician dropped him off with her ex for an access visit that morning. 

She called police who visited Harrison’s Lismore unit at about 5.30pm and left when no-one answered the door, however, upon returning four hours later at the insistence of the boy’s grandmother, officers broke in and found the pair dead. 

Lismore doctor Dr Sophie Roome with her son Rowan (pictured together)

Lismore doctor Dr Sophie Roome with her son Rowan (pictured together)

‘Rowan was a beautiful, joyful, and adored little boy. He had so many amazing qualities, and his short life was filled with rich and happy experiences,’ Dr Roome continued.

‘He loved music, the beach, swimming, his friends and his family. He touched the hearts of everyone lucky enough to be in his world.

‘We are devastated. We will love and miss Rowan forever. We thank all those who have provided support, and we acknowledge the suffering of James’ family, which is also immense.’

Dr Roome said Rowan's life was ended by an 'evil and cowardly act of violence'

Dr Roome said Rowan’s life was ended by an ‘evil and cowardly act of violence’

Apprehended violence order extended just months before dad killed son

Daily Mail Australia understands Dr Roome had primary custody of Rowan but that Harrison frequently visited his son.

She and Harrison separated last year not long after moving to the Northern Rivers region.

Dr Roome sought an apprehended violence order after her former partner showed concerning controlling behaviour following their separation, friends said.

While there were no violent incidents, the AVO was extended by the court just two months ago to protect Dr Roome from his concerning behaviour and attempts to dictate how she lived her life.

The AVO also banned Harrison from assaulting or threatening Dr Roome, stalking her or destroying her property.

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