A father plotted to slaughter his two teenage children in a horrific “premeditated” plan that saw him stalk his 13-year-old daughter home from school.
John Edwards had a history of horrific domestic violence against his family – including ex-wife Olga, mother of his two children Jack and Jennifer, an inquest heard.
The killer dad’s children were said to be frightened of him and were living under an address not known to their violent father.
However, a Sydney court heard Edward had likely hired a private investigator to find out Jennifer’s school routine before waiting for her to get off a train and following her home on July 5, 2018.
Edwards, who also killed himself, chased his daughter into her West Pennant Hills house in Sydney before shooting both her and his son Jack, 15.
Both children were tragically found dead in Jack’s bedroom huddled under a desk.
Counsel assisting the coroner Katherine Richardson SC described the deaths as an “unimaginable tragedy” that deeply affected many, reports news.com.au.
The court heard how mum Olga was so devastated at the loss of her children, she took her own life six months later.
Sick Edwards ad ten children with seven different women – with the court hearing how he had physically and psychologically abused his wives,partners and children.
He was granted a gun licence in mid-2017 and bought five guns – one of which was a glock used to kill Jenifer and Jack.
Neighbours described hearing gunshots from the home on the day of the massacre.
One resident Bruce Wilson said he heard an “almighty bang” next door and began walking towards the house.
He said: “I thought, someone’s shooting the children.”
Mr Wilson said he then saw Edwards calmly walking from the house, across the veranda and into his car.
He said: “He was in no hurry. He didn’t rush at all or anything”.
Mr Wilson said he looked at Edwards through the car window before seeing signs of what appeared to be a “tussle” through the open front door.
He added: “I just stood there for a while and I felt I I couldn’t go in, initially. And then I took a couple of paces into the room.
“I took a couple of paces in and I yelled out, ‘is everyone OK? Are you OK in there?.”
When he got no response, Mr Wilson said he couldn’t go any further as he knew the children were dead.
The inquest continues.