John Edwards made threats to kill an ex-partner who 'took the children', Sydney inquest hears

Olga Edwards heard her abusive husband make once a year threats to kill an ex-partner who “took the kids away” from him, a NSW inquest has heard.

Fears right through her personal divorce from John Edwards, who later murdered their teenage kids, had been so distinguished they shaped a part of virtually each dialogue about parenting orders together with her barrister, Peter Fowler, the NSW coroners court docket was once informed on Thursday.

Olga had mentioned Edwards would mark the anniversary of the 2002 demise of an estranged kid by way of making verbal threats to kill the kid’s mom “as a result of she took the kids clear of him”, Fowler mentioned.

“That was once one thing Olga heard yearly of the connection and that bore on her thoughts,” the barrister mentioned.

Olga had additionally defined how Edwards slept with a machete underneath his mattress and have been violent in opposition to their kids, Jack and Jennifer, right through their 15-year marriage. Fowler mentioned that once the 2016 separation, Olga had important fears Edwards was once stalking her and the children.

He grew to become up at her daybreak yoga magnificence, she as soon as noticed him riding previous her area and one in every of his statements in circle of relatives court docket complaints indicated wisdom of Jennifer’s direction to college. Edwards additionally arrived impulsively when Olga and Jennifer had been promoting cupcakes for charity at a buying groceries centre.

She refused to divulge the circle of relatives’s new cope with right through the divorce complaints.

When a pass judgement on in June 2016 proposed to permit Edwards to understand the circle of relatives cope with if he stayed no less than 500 metres away, Edwards declined.

“The truth he declined to comply with that involved her,” Fowler mentioned. Olga, who took her existence 5 months after her kids’s murders in July 2018, was once “disillusioned and stunned” within the police reaction to her reporting Edwards had stalked her and been violent to the kids, Fowler mentioned.

The barrister had “no doubt” Olga would have taken the kids out of faculty and made strikes to “additional secrete” the circle of relatives’s whereabouts had she recognized he had a gun licence.

Edwards was once granted the rifle and pistols licences in June 2017 after firearms registry personnel did not have in mind of inauspicious occasions on his police document.

He used his legally owned Glock pistol to homicide Jack, 15, and Jennifer, 13, of their Sydney house sooner than returning to his house and taking pictures himself.

The police superintendent parachuted into the location of registry commander after the July 2018 deaths informed the inquest personnel had been now broadly skilled at the standards for granting licences and how one can realize patterns of chance in home violence.

Supt Anthony Bell mentioned when he arrived he discovered clerks and their supervisors had been processing 300 licences weekly with out correctly figuring out if an individual was once “have compatibility and correct” as required by way of legislation.

“I discovered some had been, however the majority didn’t (lift it out) and so they didn’t have a real figuring out of that part,” Bell informed the inquest on Thursday. “They struggled on account of the subjective nature (of the time period).”

Requested how the registry had reached a state of failing a central side of its activity – figuring out who was once secure to get a gun licence – Bell mentioned it was once a query for his predecessor, retired superintendent Bruce Lyons, and the previous control.

“I known it beautiful early,” Bell mentioned. “It’s a priority. It was once a crimson flag to me as a police officer. The entire method I am going about it’s ‘What does the regulation say?’”

He mentioned personnel have been advised to escalate to senior adjudicators when not sure about whether or not to grant a licence. The inquest resumes on Monday.

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