A grandfather who lost his grandchildren in the worst mass murder in Australia since the Port Arthur massacre revealed that he thought his son was also killed in the shooting.
West Australian Peter Peter, 61, killed his grandchildren, Taye, 13, Rylan, 12, Ayre, 10 and eight-year-old Kayden, their mother Katrina and his wife Cynda, before aiming the gun at himself at the family farm in Osmington, Western Australia in May 2018.
The children's father, Aaron Cockman, worked away from the area at the time of the massacre, and his father Philip Cockman was certain that his son was one of the dead.
Western Australian Peter Miles, 61 (front center), killed his grandchildren, Taye, 13 (rear right), Rylan, 12 (far left), Ayre, 10 (center left) and eight-year-old Kayden, their mother Katrina (far right) and his wife Cynda (left left), before pointing the gun at himself at the family farm in Osmington in May 2018
After one of the worst mass murders in Australia, the grandfather and father of the children of Aaron Cockman (photo) thought that his son was also murdered
& # 39; It was an hour and a half where I thought Aaron had been killed, I thought Peter had gone and killed him, it was shocking. I had him dead in my mind. That was terrible, & he said WA today.
Cockman said he had a & # 39; ill feeling of relief & # 39; received when he discovered that his son was alive despite the death of his grandchildren.
Since the massacre, the father and son have put the West Australian family law system in the spotlight, which they believe has contributed to the horrific events.
Aaron was in the middle of a lengthy custody battle with his ex-partner Katrina and her father and murderer Peter Miles paid the hefty legal bills.
He was on leave at that time because of stress and Aaron claimed that it must have contributed to his mental state.
& # 39; We said there might be a judicial investigation because the family law system is behind it from our point of view. It is worth investigating, & Aaron told Sunday Night in 2018.
Cockman recently attended a forum on the problems that people want to see solved in the system, including covering legal costs and mandatory 50-50 custody.
The surviving father wrote the coroner WA after he was contacted prior to an investigation into the death of his children.
& # 39; I am sorry to say this, but I think it is important that I can also delete my name & # 39 ;, he wrote this month.
The skilled carpenter explained that he was under pressure this year because of the confidentiality of the Family Court proceedings and because people have the & # 39; wrong idea & # 39; got what happened.
Aaron was in the middle of a lengthy custody battle with his ex-partner Katrina (pictured with her four children) and her father and murderer Peter Miles paid the hefty legal bills
& # 39; People who don't know me have come to their own conclusions – and have sometimes made these views public & # 39 ;, he said.
His marriage to Katrina broke off in mid-2014 and a bitter custody battle meant that Mr. Cockman distanced himself from his father-in-law, who was once considered a friend.
In the midst of increasing legal costs, Miles was deeply depressed, exacerbated by financial woes and a shortage of work when he killed his family.
A month before the suicide, Cockrina was accused on Facebook of stalking and harassment by Katrina, but the court allowed controlled visits and received favorable reports.
A week before the family's death, Cockman went to the cinemas to watch the new Avengers film with his children and estranged wife.
Cockman said he just wanted to spend time with his children.
He says that & # 39; openly & # 39; an open formal investigation must come to develop a broad understanding of what happened.
Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
His marriage to Katrina broke off in mid-2014 and a bitter custody battle meant that Aaron Cockman distanced himself from his father-in-law, who was once considered a friend
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