A dad who murdered his two children before taking his own life bought a puppy so he could lure his daughter to his home.
John Edwards shot dead Jennifer, 13, and her 15-year-old brother Jack, in July 2018 at the kids’ home in West Pennant Hills, Sydney, Australia.
The children were reportedly found ‘crumpled together’ under Jack’s bedroom desk with gunshot wounds.
Edwards then killed himself in his own home later that night.
Six months later, the mother of the children, 36-year-old Olga, tragically took her own life.
Edwards had bought Jennifer a dog as she was an animal lover, but he would deliberately mistreat it so Jennifer would come to his house to check on the pet, a court heard.
On the day of the killing, Edwards hired a car to stalk his daughter on her way home before he followed her inside.
A neighbour heard five shots over about a minute and saw Edwards walking out before asking him ‘what have you done,’ an inquest heard.
The neighbour said he did not receive a reply, but that Edwards did not seem in a rush to get away.
An inquest into all four deaths has uncovered the abuse and manipulation the teens suffered at the hands of their own father, the Daily Mail reports.
The teenagers had allegedly told a court psychologist they didn’t want to see their dad several times before their tragic deaths.
They alleged he was violent towards Jack and cruel to Jennifer.
But reports say there were doubts around their allegations.
Olga had also previously reported that her husband had assaulted Jack and Jennifer three times in 2015.
On one of the occasions, she claimed he had hit and kicked Jack as he played with his dad’s iPod.
The mother also alleged that Edwards had slapped Jennifer on an occasion when she wouldn’t go to sleep.
Olga and Edwards had separated in 2016 and the kids had gone with their mum.
She had reportedly told police the kids didn’t want to be with their dad – which ‘made him angry’.
Edwards had once slapped Jennifer in the street while they were on a family holiday, before chasing Jack and hitting him so badly that strangers were forced to intervene, the inquest previously heard.
Olga began custody proceedings in court in April 2016, claiming Jack slept with a cricket bat in his room as a defence.
But Edwards was still allowed to see the kids as part of a limited contact order, according to reports.
The inquest continues.