Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

'Anger will destroy you': Father of murdered WA children speaks

'Anger will destroy you': Father of murdered WA children speaks

The Western Australian father of the four children who were killed in the suspected murder-suicide massacre has broken his silence as he comes to terms with the horrific tragedy which claimed the lives of 7 of his family members on Friday, May 11.

"I expect the grieving process will go on for many years for that family", he said.

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Mr Cockman had been estranged from his wife and the children's mother Katrina for some time.

"It wasn't until I saw the police that I thought, "Hang on a minute", Meg Janes told the newspaper.

"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".

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson stated Mr Miles was licensed to personal the weapons and investigators weren't on the lookout for every other suspects, however key forensic proof was nonetheless being combed by means of.

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Police were called to the harrowing scene at the rural property on Friday morning.

The generally accepted definition of a mass shooting - four deaths excluding the shooter in a single event - has been met only once in Australia since then.

He said he had been told Mr Miles first shot his daughter and four grandchildren while they slept in their beds, in a shed that had been converted to a second house on the property.

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

Cockman told reporters he had not spoken to Peter or Cynda "since they cut me off from my kids", but said he no longer felt anger anymore, just sadness.

"The phone call was made from that approximately 5.15am (local time)".

On Saturday, Commissioner Dawson confirmed three longarm firearms were recovered at the property, all of which were licensed to Peter Miles.

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Peter had labored as a farmer and instructor and was previously the supervisor of the Margaret River Excessive Faculty farm.

"We are stunned and still trying to understand how this could happen", they said.

This could be the worst mass shooting in Australia since a lone gunman killed 35 in Tasmania state in 1996, prompting the nation to introduce tough gun control laws.

Cynda Miles worked for a local community group, according to neighbours and public records.

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He said: "You know, Port Arthur happened two years before I was born - this is quite a shocking thing".

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