Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Grandfather 'planned gun massacre' in Margaret River, Australia

Grandfather 'planned gun massacre' in Margaret River, Australia

Report of a mass murder and suicide case that occurred in Australia has seen an aggrieved father of the four children killed claim that their grandfather planned the shooting.

The children's shattered father Aaron Cockman, who was estranged from Katrina and locked in a bitter custody dispute with her, spoke with the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River on Monday to discuss their funeral, which is expected to be large and well attended.

Mr Cockman said Mr Miles had lost a son years ago and could not bear the thought of losing the other, Neil, who is gravely ill with a kidney illness.

"All the kids died peacefully in their beds", Aaron Cockburn said.

Police have said they are not looking for any other suspects.

Mr Cockman told reporters on Sunday that police had told him Peter Miles had shot dead Mr Cockman's family as they slept in a converted shed where they lived before killing his wife in the living room of their house. "How the hell Peter did that I still can't figure out, but if someone did it. he did a good job, he did a really good job".

Adding that Peter was "an awesome man, before this all blew up".

Another friend, who wished to remain anonymous, said there was "too much to say in one sentence" about the caring mother who always wanted the best for her kids. "As far as I'm aware, there was no evidence that he had any sort of mental health issues that could have resulted in the firearms being removed from him". There are some people you just don't want to get on the wrong side of.

Peter Miles had a farm maintenance business and drew praise from clients for his work, while Cynda had also recently started a craft business that was developing a loyal following.

"So it's not some random guy off the street who's taken them away from me - he gave them to me and now he's taken them away".

Tracey said Katrina was devoted to the wellbeing of her four children and "giving them the best space to thrive and grow as individuals, acknowledging their uniqueness and creating a most lovely space for them".

There, they found seven bodies - three adults and four children - and two guns.

"This is a complex criminal investigation". "We are treating this as a matter in which clearly six persons are the subject of a homicide crime scene".

"A seventh person is deceased".

Police have ruled out releasing the emergency call they say was made by a male connected to the property.

Cockman said he's sad, but not angry at the deadly turn of events that led to the loss of his children. "This devastating tragedy will no doubt have a lasting impact on the families concerned, the whole community and, in particular, the local communities in our southwest".

"My thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims, and also with the first responders and investigators as they piece together this tragic set of circumstances".

A spokeswoman for Home Education WA said she did not know the Miles family, but the organisation sent its support to those affected.

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