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Deaths of children murdered by their father ‘preventable’

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The homicide of two kids by their father might have been prevented if he hadn’t been capable of entry a gun, an inquest has discovered.

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John Edwards shot his 15-year-old son Jack and 13-year-old daughter Jennifer at their dwelling in West Pennant Hills in north-west Sydney in 2018.

Later that day he killed himself.

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John Edwards (left) murdered two of his kids then killed himself. Six months later their mom Olga (proper) suicided. (Provided)

Right now the findings of an inquest into all their deaths had been handed down, discovering police, the firearms registry and the household legislation system failed to select up on the warning indicators.

Edwards had a protracted historical past of home violence however was legally allowed to purchase 5 weapons.

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Police admitted they both didn’t file and even learn Edwards’ case notes, which allowed him to legally buy the firearms – together with the Glock pistol that will kill his son and daughter.

The Coroner concluded the bitter custody battle turned murder-suicide was avoidable.

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“The deaths of Jack and Jennifer are an unimaginable loss,” State Coroner, Justice of the Peace Teresa O’Sullivan wrote.

“It’s most distressing that they had been each misplaced at such a younger age, with their potential nonetheless unfulfilled, and in such violent circumstances.

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“It’s common inside this jurisdiction to explain such deaths as a tragedy.

Jennifer and Jack Edwards were shot to death by their father at a home in Pennant Hills.
Jennifer and Jack Edwards had been shot to loss of life by their father at a house in Pennant Hills. (Provided)

“It’s unquestionable that their deaths, and the following loss of life of Olga, have brought on insufferable struggling for a lot of household, mates, and all these whose lives they touched.

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“Nonetheless, to explain this as a tragedy is to import a way of inevitability, that nothing might have been performed to alter the end result.

“As an alternative, the proof earlier than this Court docket plainly reveals that the deaths of Jack and Jennifer Edwards had been preventable,” she wrote.

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Twenty-four suggestions have been made, together with higher home violence coaching for police and the decision-makers on the firearms registry.

One other requires an investigation into the lawyer who represented the kids within the household legislation system.

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NSW Police mentioned in an announcement it’s going to “evaluate the findings and contemplate all suggestions which can be directed to police”.

“Since 2018, the NSW Firearms Registry has undergone an in depth restructure which has resulted in enhanced compliance and higher identification of breaches of the laws.

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“Continued enhancements and additional reforms are scheduled all through 2021,” the assertion mentioned.

Readers looking for assist and details about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. Nationwide Home Violence Service: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732). If you’re in rapid hazard name Triple Zero (000).

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This Sunday, watch the 60 Minutes investigation into John Edwards and the tragic killings of Jack and Jennifer. Solely on Channel 9 after Married at First Sight.

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