Father speaks out after worst mass shooting in Australia in decades
SYDNEY (Reuters) – The murdered father of four spoke out on Sunday as details emerged of the mass shooting that killed three generations of the same family at a farm in the Margaret River wine region in the south – rural west of the country.
The bodies of four young children and three adults were found by police shortly after 6 a.m. on Friday at Osmington Farm, a small town of 135 people in the southwestern tip of the state of Australia. -Western.
The tragedy is being treated as murder-suicide and WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson told a press conference on Saturday that they were not looking for any suspects.
Police named the dead as owner and grandfather Peter Miles, 61, his wife Cynda, 58, their daughter Katrina Miles, 35, and their four children Taye, 13, Rylan, 12, Ayre, 10 years old and Kadyn Cockman, 8 years old.
The children’s father, Aaron Cockman, a local carpenter and builder, had been embroiled in an acrimonious breakup with Katrina, which resulted in her and the children moving in with her parents.
Cockman told a press conference on Sunday that he was full of anger after Peter and Cynda Miles prevented him from seeing his children.
“The anger towards them is now completely gone. Completely gone. I don’t feel angry. I feel immense sadness for my children, ”he said.
“I am extremely sad but I will be fine.”
Cockman said police told him the children died peacefully, with Kaydin in his mother’s bed.
“All the children died peacefully in their beds,” he said.
Police seized three firearms at the scene on Friday, all licensed “long-gun” guns from Peter Miles.
Long-armed weapons are fired from the shoulder, like rifles or shotguns, and are common on farms.
Police are still investigating the circumstances that led to Australia’s worst mass shooting since the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, when a gunman killed 35 people in Tasmania.
The coroner will investigate.
Reporting by Alison Bevege; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore