Major question Lilie James' parents have about their daughter's tragic death: 'There is a lot of anger there'
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
The parents of murdered water polo coach Lilie James are understood to be seeking legal advice over a plan to sue St Andrews’s Cathedral School for gross negligence and a breach in its duty of care to her as a member of staff.
Ms James, 21, was bashed to death by her colleague and ex-boyfriend in the gym bathroom of the Sydney CBD school on the night of October 25.
They will also seek answers over how Netherlands-born Paul Thijssen, 24, was able to end their daughter’s life without anyone seeing or hearing the attack.
It’s understood the James’ will also question why the elite inner-city school, where yearly fees exceed $40,000, doesn’t employ security guards overnight.
‘There is a lot of anger there, and a lot of unanswered questions for Jamie and Peta,’ a close family friend said.
‘They, like the rest of us, want to know how this was able to happen inside a school of all places… They (the school) had a duty of care to protect Lilie as an employee.’
The parents of the water polo coach are also petitioning for increased security at the school to protect current and future students and teachers.
Thijssen and James were both employed at St Andrews school as sport coaches and had recently parted ways following a brief five-week relationship.