An evil dad shot dead his children a year after getting banned from his estranged wife’s yoga class for perving on women, an inquest heard.
John Edwards’ behaviour was reported to Sydney police by his spouse Olga but it was dismissed as a “tit-for-tat” complaint, it was heard.
He went on to kill their children Jack, 15, and Jennifer, 13, and himself on July 5 2018 – with his wife taking her life on December that year.
Yoga studio owner Oliver James Campbell told state coroner Teresa O’Sullivan Mr Edwards started attending classes in January 2017.
He said: “It sort of felt like he wasn’t there for yoga.
“There’s a couple of postures which are open leg, forward bending type postures which we do.
“Those postures typically have our head facing downwards towards the floor. It’s a fairly private moment.”
John and Olga – who had been going to the sessions for around five years – met at the studio for the first time on February 8, 2017.
Mr Campbell said it “is the most odd class I have ever taken at 6am” and he misheard Olga say she would leave because of “my ex” as “my neck”.
He said noticed John afterwards and added: “He did his weird thing again when he looked around the room when everyone had their legs spread out.
“I asked him after that class and not to come back. He shrugged his shoulders. Didn’t say much. I never saw him again.”
Olga later reported the encounter to constable Rowan Kingdon at Hornsby police station.
Mr Kingdon, who was medically discharged from the force earlier this year, told the inquest it was a “tricky” situation and he didn’t think any offence had been committed.
He said: “She had no fears, from memory.
“It was more like, how dare her ex-husband turn up at class?
“It was more like it was tit-for-tat, that it was her class and she didn’t want him going there, that’s from what I can remember.”
The constable rang John, who lied to him, saying he and Olga had attended the same yoga studio before their divorce.
Counsel assisting the coroner Christopher Mitchell asked him: Wasn’t it relevant that John was staring at Olga?
“Yep but I don’t know if you’ve ever been to a yoga class. They all face in one direction,” Mr Kingdon said.
“I don’t know if she was looking directly at him. I don’t know how to interpret that. In yoga classes everyone is looking forward.”
Mr Kingdon told the inquest he failed to run a database check on John Edwards and he mistakenly misrecorded the complaint so it did not show up in any future searches for “John Edwards”.
He agreed that if he had known John had previously been accused of stalking, that he had only just started attending the classes, and the fact John had lied to him about it that “my investigation would have gone on a completely different course”.The inquest continues.
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.