On the afternoon of July 11th, 2012, 13 year old Molly Lord was riding with her sister and two other passengers on a quad bike on the Lord's family property. Tragically, the quad bike overturned on gravel, resulting in the tragic death of a beautiful and much loved girl. Molly's death has brought about much pain and anguish for family and friends alike; a much respected member of the local community and a promising young horse rider, Molly's death has forever changed the lives of those who love her most.
In a disgusting display of the lack of morals demonstrated by the media, the local newspapers, the Illawarra Mercury, published a distressing photo on the morning after Molly's death. This photo was taken shortly after Molly's passing and has caused a great deal of distress for her family, especially her mother Linda Goldspink-Lord, whose husband was overseas at the time of this tragic accident. Ms. Goldspink-Lord was left highly distressed and bereaved following this event, and her upset was only confounded following the publication of an image taken by a journalist who not only invaded the family's privacy, but trespassed upon the family's property in the aftermath of this accident.
We are seeking a public apology for the Lord family. We rally behind the family at this difficult time and understand their right to have their opinion heard. We wish for the Illawarra Mercury to respect this right also and offer a full apology to the family for the complete lack of respect and morality demonstrated at this harrowing time. We believe that the Mercury should issue an apology as we feel that this behaviour is not only morally and ethically incorrect, but in breach of long standing media and journalism laws.