Fuming mum interrupts daughter’s eulogy as fiancé 45 years her senior lists her ‘flaws’

A greiving mother was forced to silence her daughter’s fiancé, who was 45 years her senior, as he read out private information in her eulogy

Victorian magistrate Rodney Higgins, 68, with late Ashleigh Petrie, 23
Victorian magistrate Rodney Higgins, 68, with late Ashleigh Petrie, 23

A mum was forced to step in and silence the fiancé of her late daughter after he listed her “shortcomings” in a speech at her funeral.

The man, more than 40 years his fiancé’s senior, started talking about her battle with depression and claimed it intensified her flaws, with the furious mum eventually silencing him.

Court clerk Ashleigh Petrie, 23, died last October when she was hit by a car in her native Australia. She was engaged to Victorian magistrate Rod Higgins, 68.

According to Daily Mail Australia, Higgins began his eulogy at her funeral by praising Petrie’s “zest for life” and calling her “externally as attractive as a woman could possibly be”.

It is reported Higgins went into detail about Petrie’s battle with her mental health, and said it intensified her “shortcomings”



He said it was “the saddest time in his life” as he spoke in front of her friends and family.

However, Higgins then went on to openly discuss Petrie’s depression battle, and said she was on medication for chemical imbalances in her brain.

When he claimed her mental health struggle had worsened her “shortcomings”, Petrie’s mother, Theresa, finally snapped.

“I think that’s enough,” she shot at Higgins, who immediately sat back down.

Ashleigh Petrie’s mother was forced to step in and insist “that’s enough”

The publication also reported Higgins had fought for and received just under the equivalent of £100,000 in a super and life insurance payout from Petrie’s untimely death.

And despite earning the equivalent of £174,000 a year, he reportedly started inquiring to collect her life insurance less than 24 hours after she died.

Petrie had left her entire savings and life insurance to her mother, but Higgins successfully argued that her “dependent”, he was entitled to her super payout upon her death.

Not only that, Higgins also resumed his 18-year relationship with his ex partner shortly after Petrie died.

Petrie’s former partner Stuart Gowty, 50, told the publication: “Here’s a guy earning a hell of a lot of money and is about to retire on a huge pension.

“And you’ve got a grieving mother with very little. I don’t know what to say. I don’t think it’s the right thing. It’s horrendous to see. It just keeps going.

“I know her mother very well and she’s a grieving mother. I’ve maintained a close relationship with the mother and brother since.”

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