A MUM whose two teenage children were shot dead by their dad always feared she would come home to find them murdered, an inquest heard.
John Edwards, 68, shot dead his children Jack and Jennifer at their home in Sydney, Australia, after stalking them following a bitter family court battle.
John Edwards killed his children Jack and Jennifer [/caption]
Their mum Olga, 37, had said she had “tremendous fear” she would come home and find the youngsters dead as Edwards “could never control his temper”.
State coroner Teresa O’Sullivan is investigating the case as an inquest opened into the murder of Jack, 15, and Jennifer, 13.
Edwards tracked down his family despite not being supposed to know where the children and their mum were living.
He followed his daughter home from the train station at stormed their home.
The monster dad shot dead the teens as they cowered beneath Jack’s desk at their home in West Pennant Hills before taking his own life.
Olga took her own life six months later after telling a family doctor she wanted to stay at the home were the killings occurred in July, 2018.
The mum told the doctor the house “still had some of Jack and Jenny in it”.
Court documents reveal Jack slept with a cricket bat because he was so fearful of his dad, and Jennifer believes Edwards would hit her if she turned her back on him.
Olga feared the abuse would escalate if Edwards continued to have access to the children during the court fight.
Lawyers had argued that he should be able to see his children despite police warning of his “heavy-handed parenting”, the inquest heard.
Olga’s lawyer David Brown described Edwards as “something of a bully” – and when asked to expand he said, “how long have I got?”.
He described lawyers advocating for Edwards to see the children as “unhelpful” and said they didn’t “put too much emphasis on the allegations of assault”.
Mr Brown said: “I had and have to this day a very clear impression that she was going to drive the children into John’s hands, that he had a right and so on.”
The inquest heard that in one incident in Paris, in 2015, when Edwards “essentially assaulted” Jack by chasing him down the street and pinning him against the wall.
On the same family holiday, the inquest heard that Edwards slapped Jennifer in the face over an argument between her and Jack about sharing a blanket.
Also in 2015, Edwards cornered Jack in the garage and hit him “full force” around the head before kicking him to the floor.
Edwards described this incident as a “clip over the ear and a kick up the bum” during a previous appearance in the family court.
Olga had wanted to stay living in the house were Jack and Jennifer were killed by their dad, and her doctors were described her as in “extreme distress”.
Hearbreakingly she would make their beds every day and still had a normal routine in the house as if the kids were still there.
Family doctor Karen Oswald said that Edwards had “fantasies” about being in the military and had lied to Olga about serving as a “commando”.
Dr Oswald described his claims as “rubbish”.
Edwards tracked down Jennifer to her school and made an “angry and aggressive” call to her teacher demanding information about the teen.
‘RUDE AND ARROGANT’
He also turned up at a parent teacher interview by surprise – with the teacher saying he did it to “prove a point that he had won”.
The teacher said: “He shook my hand aggressively. I immediately felt uncomfortable.
“He was quite rude and arrogant.”
Mr Brown said: “Olga’s not the sort of person who’d be openly complaining about things, but things were getting pretty bad, put it that way.
“She got to a point where she was sleeping in a different room with the children for fear of a physical confrontation.”
Mr Brown, who was Olga’s boss, described her as a bright young lawyer who was “impressive”.
He described Jack as a “bit of a tearaway” for who he tried to be a role model, while Jennifer was a smart, timid and “lovely girl”.
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The opening day of the inquest heard that Edwards was granted a gun licence despite authorities having access to allegations of domestic violence.
It was also revealed a number of incidents were missing from his file – including two policy reports made by Olga in December 2016 and February 2017.
And this was due to improper police recording and the algorithm that generated the reports.
The inquest continues.