A coronial inquest into the murders of teenagers Jack and Jennifer Edwards by their own father has found their deaths were entirely preventable.
The children were killed by their 67-year-old father John in July 2018, after he stalked his daughter to the West Pennant Hills home they shared with their mother Olga Edwards.
Five months after the murder-suicide, their grieving mother took her own life.
NSW Coroner Teresa O’Sullivan on Wednesday made 24 recommendations in a report of more than 270 pages.
“The evidence before this court plainly reveals that the deaths of Jack and Jennifer were preventable,” she said in a summary of her findings.
The inquest examined how Edwards was granted gun permits and licences despite a history of domestic violence.
“The deaths of Jack and Jennifer serve as a stark reminder of the broader systemic problems that face too many women and children every day,” O’Sullivan said.
The coroner ultimately found systemic failures were present by New South Wales Police, the Family Court system and the Firearms Registry.
In response to the findings, a NSW Police spokesperson said the force would “review the findings and consider all recommendations that are directed to police”.
“Following the deaths of the Edwards children, Commissioner (Mick) Fuller publicly committed to undertaking a review of the NSW Firearms Registry,” the spokesperson said.
“Since 2018, the NSW Firearms Registry has undergone an extensive restructure which has resulted in enhanced compliance and better identification of breaches of the legislation.
“Continued improvements and further reforms are scheduled throughout 2021.”