Sydney father John Edwards practiced his shooting accuracy for several weeks before killing his children
Psychopathic dad practiced his gun skills just weeks before killing his kids – while his shooting coach makes a chilling revelation about their latest session
- John Edwards spent 1.5 hours improving the accuracy of the surveillance footage
- This took place three months before he killed his children, an inquest was heard
- The investigation into the deaths of Edwards and two children he killed in July 2018 is ongoing
Sydney father John Edwards (pictured) spent 90 minutes improving his shooting accuracy under the supervision of a gun club official less than three months before killing his children, has overheard an inquest
Sydney’s father, John Edwards, spent 90 minutes improving his shooting accuracy under the supervision of a gun club officer less than three months before killing his children, an inquest has heard.
The inquest into the death of Edwards and the two children he killed in July 2018 was told on Tuesday that the retired financial planner had a training session at St Marys Pistol Club on April 23, 2018, where he fired up to 100 rounds of ammunition.
A former senior official who took Edwards and another student for the “refresher” offered advice and practice exercises.
“He wanted to get more accurate and stop spraying,” the former official told the NSW Coroners Court on Tuesday.
“I remember him telling me that.”
The official, who cannot be named, said that Edwards did not notice or raised concerns about safety and that he only remembered the training session because the other student had a similar name to his.
State Coroner Teresa O’Sullivan is investigating the lead-up to Edwards’ execution-style murders of his estranged teens, Jack and Jennifer Edwards, including the method by which the 67-year-old acquired weapons.
Despite a long history of domestic violence, Edwards was licensed to operate and own rifles and pistols when he shot his children on July 5, 2018.
The inquest was told Tuesday that the firearms registry had required clubs to submit a list of credentials for license applicants since 2003.
But the St Marys Pistol Club, founded in 2000, had no legal obligation to check the credentials of people applying for memberships – including Edwards’s when he approached in April 2017.
The inquest on Monday heard that officials at a Hornsby-based gun club in March 2017 rejected Edwards’s membership application and notified a gun club using the same scope of the decision.
However this information was not passed on to St Marys.
‘The moment we joined, we had no idea that (Edwards) was going to other clubs and was turned down,’ a second former St Marys official said Tuesday.
State coroner Teresa O’Sullivan examines the lead-up to Edwards’ execution-style murders of his estranged teens, Jack (left) and Jennifer Edwards (right), including the method by which the 67-year-old acquired weapons.
‘It would be useful if all clubs also talked to each other … but there is no portal. We do it of our own accord. ‘
Edwards, who stored his three rifles and two pistols in St Marys, removed the guns from his storage closet on July 4, 2018.
His membership had expired four days earlier, but Edwards had access to the lockers within a 30-day grace period.
“We wouldn’t ask anyone where they are going or what they are doing with their firearms,” the former senior official told the inquest.
“Nobody would ask about the safe storage at my house.”
Clubs were not required to share concerns, according to the inquest.
Officials at the Ku-ring-gai Pistol Club told the inquest Monday that they rejected Edwards’s membership, but did not believe his’ aggressive ‘and’ pushy ‘behavior reached the threshold of threatening the’ public security ‘that would have forced them to report him to the firearms register.
The investigation is expected to be completed on Thursday.
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