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New hope for grieving father to see change after Margaret River family tragedy

WA’s Attorney-General has recommended the circumstances in which four children were murdered in a family tragedy near Margaret River two years ago be assessed by a parliamentary committee after a request for a coronial inquest into their deaths was knocked back.

Aaron Cockman’s children – daughter Taye, 13, and sons Rylan, 12, Arye, 10 and Kadyn, eight – were shot by their grandfather Peter Miles, who also murdered their mother Katrina and his wife Cynda at Forever Dreaming Farm in Osmington, just outside Margaret River in May 2018.

Aaron Cockman and WA Attorney-General John Quigley.

Aaron Cockman and WA Attorney-General John Quigley.Credit:Steve Bright

On the second anniversary of the tragedy that shocked the nation, Mr Cockman – who had separated from his wife and had disputed access arrangements over his children in the WA Family Court – requested an inquest that would include examining the impact of family law proceedings leading up to the murders.

At the start of this year he was informed by State Coroner Ros Fogliani that a public inquest into the deaths was “not desirable”.

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