The independent children’s lawyer appointed to represent young Jack and Jennifer Edwards in the Family Court was fully apprised of a long list of allegations of the violence their father had subjected them to, but still insisted the children have contact with their dad, who later killed them.
On July 5, 2018, 67-year-old John Edwards gunned down his two children, Jack and Jennifer, at the West Pennant Hills rental home their mother Olga had moved them to, in order to escape their father’s violent control. Edwards then returned to his own home and shot himself dead. Five months later, Olga took her own life.
Lawyer Debbie Morton, who was appointed to look after the children’s interests in custody proceedings commenced by Olga in 2016, told an inquest into their deaths that she had read the affidavit Olga filed listing Edwards’ violence against the children.
Ms Morton also admitted she had read the “Notice of Risk” in which Olga had summarised the violent incidents. They included Edwards kicking his son, throwing a book at him and cutting his face, and chasing him down an alleyway in Paris and pinning him against the wall, behaving so violently passersby felt compelled to intervene.