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Firearms registry boss defends his colleague for giving killer dad John Edwards a gun

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John Edwards (pictured) shot dead his estranged children Jack and Jennifer in Sydney in July 2018

John Edwards (pictured) shot dead his estranged children Jack and Jennifer in Sydney in July 2018

John Edwards (pictured) shot dead his estranged children Jack and Jennifer in Sydney in July 2018

A senior supervisor of the NSW firearms registry has defended a decision to grant evil father John Edwards a gun licence before he killed his kids.  

Edwards, a 67-year-old pensioner with a history of domestic violence, shot dead his estranged children Jack and Jennifer before taking his own life in Sydney in July 2018.

Six months after the murder-suicide, the children’s mother Olga Edwards tragically killed herself.

An inquest into the deaths has heard NSW Firearms staff granted Edwards a gun licence in June 2017 without looking into entries on his main police profile. 

As of June 2017, 15 of the 18 entries on related to either apprehended violence orders, stalking allegations, assault allegations or adverse interactions in relationships. The most recent charges were laid in 1998.

But Edwards was granted a Commissioner’s Permit by firearms officials in 2017, giving him approval to train at a gun club before applying for a licence. 

Jack (pictured left) and Jennifer's (pictured right) body were found under his bedroom desk with multiple gunshot wounds

Jack (pictured left) and Jennifer's (pictured right) body were found under his bedroom desk with multiple gunshot wounds

Jack (pictured left) and Jennifer’s (pictured right) body were found under his bedroom desk with multiple gunshot wounds

He was refused membership at the Kuringai Pistol Club due to his aggressive and strange behaviour, but was able to bypass the rejection to gain membership at another club. 

This information was readily available to the public servants at the NSW firearms registry, but a decision was still made to grant Edwards a gun licence.  

The boss of the employees who approved the permit told the inquest on Wednesday the registry had been ‘traumatised’ after hearing of the children’s deaths.

She said it was obvious in hindsight staff could have placed more weight on the domestic violence incidents.

‘But based on the information at that time – and things have changed since then – I probably would have granted him a licence as well,’ the registry veteran said.

Edwards then turned the gun on himself at a rented home near Normanhurst, northern Sydney (pictured)

Edwards then turned the gun on himself at a rented home near Normanhurst, northern Sydney (pictured)

Edwards then turned the gun on himself at a rented home near Normanhurst, northern Sydney (pictured) 

The manager said she and those working under her believed in 2017 they should only refuse licences if they found a ‘mandatory’ reason outlined in legislation, such as the applicant being subject to a final AVO in the past decade. 

Six months after the murder-suicide, the children's mother Olga (pictured) took her own life

Six months after the murder-suicide, the children's mother Olga (pictured) took her own life

Six months after the murder-suicide, the children’s mother Olga (pictured) took her own life 

Legislation says a licence cannot be granted unless the decision-maker is satisfied the applicant is ‘a fit and proper person’ and can be trusted to possess firearms without endangering public safety.

‘Back in 2017, obviously our reasoning had some flaws in it,’ the supervisor told the NSW Coroners Court.

The inquest has heard the registry – overseeing the state’s 230,000 gun owners and one million firearms – didn’t have formal training procedures and relied on new staff learning over the shoulder of longer-term clerks.

The clerk adjudicating on Edwards’ pistol licence told police in August 2018 she had been handling 80 to 100 applications a day.

‘Do you agree that … because nothing is written down, you really have no idea about how people are being trained to do their job?’ counsel assisting Kate Richardson SC asked.

‘Yes,’ the supervisor replied.

She agreed a four-line policy could have clarified that staff needed to thoroughly check applicants’ police profiles but she didn’t think it was necessary.

‘Some of them, they’d been here for 15 years at that time and I thought they were experienced,’ the supervisor said.

She said the adjudication process had changed ‘dramatically’ since the deaths in 2018 with entirely new guidelines and a new decision-making tool that focused on identifying risk and staff being accountable.

Flowers and tributes lay outside the property in West Pennant Hills, Sydney  in June 2018 after the murder suicide of the Edwards family

Flowers and tributes lay outside the property in West Pennant Hills, Sydney  in June 2018 after the murder suicide of the Edwards family

Flowers and tributes lay outside the property in West Pennant Hills, Sydney  in June 2018 after the murder suicide of the Edwards family 

Applications involving false or misleading statements or a history of domestic violence are escalated to ‘senior adjudicators’, the supervisor said.

The registry also now uses the more-user-friendly WebCOPS interface to access the police database and its automatically generated report of relevant events on applicants’ police profiles now targets more information.

Superintendent Anthony Bell, who took over as Firearms Registry commander in September 2018, is expected to face the inquest on Thursday. 

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Family of one-punch victim question why Irish killer was allowed into Australia

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Patrick Farrell spent three years in jail for the violent death of 20-year-old student Andrew Dolon in his hometown of Kildare in Ireland in 2011

Patrick Farrell spent three years in jail for the violent death of 20-year-old student Andrew Dolon in his hometown of Kildare in Ireland in 2011

Patrick Farrell spent three years in jail for the violent death of 20-year-old student Andrew Dolon in his hometown of Kildare in Ireland in 2011

The parents of a one-punch victim have asked why their son’s killer was allowed into Australia as the Irish thug stands accused of almost slicing a man’s ear off in Sydney.

Patrick Farrell spent three years in jail for manslaughter over the violent death of 20-year-old student Andrew Dolan in his hometown of Kildare in Ireland in 2011.

The 29-year-old is now wanted by police in New South Wales following two vicious alleged attacks in Sydney’s eastern suburbs in August 2020 and November 2019.

Upon hearing about Farrell’s latest alleged assaults, Mr Dolan’s father Joe was horrified.

‘We are shocked and appalled, these allegations are very serious,’ he told The Daily Telegraph from his home in Ireland.

‘We wonder how he got to Australia in the first place and hope that justice will be delivered appropriately.’

His son, a young biomedical student, pleaded for his life before Farrell delivered the fatal blow. 

‘Don’t hit me,’ Mr Dolan begged on December 23, 2011. ‘What did I do?’ 

Patrick Farrell spent three years in jail for the violent death of 20-year-old student Andrew Dolon (pictured) in his hometown of Kildare in Ireland in 2011

Patrick Farrell spent three years in jail for the violent death of 20-year-old student Andrew Dolon (pictured) in his hometown of Kildare in Ireland in 2011

Patrick Farrell spent three years in jail for the violent death of 20-year-old student Andrew Dolon (pictured) in his hometown of Kildare in Ireland in 2011

The young biomedical student (pictured) pleaded or his life before Farrell delivered the fatal blow

The young biomedical student (pictured) pleaded or his life before Farrell delivered the fatal blow

The young biomedical student (pictured) pleaded or his life before Farrell delivered the fatal blow

He died in hospital ten days later.

Farrell, then 21, pleaded guilty to the unlawful killing.

In campaigns to end one-punch violence, Mr Dolan’s mother Rosie said that if bystanders had intervened, her son may still be alive.

According to the Australian Department of Home Affairs’ website, all visa applicants have criminal record checks.

It also says that anyone who has had a jail sentence of more than one year is banned from entering Australia.

Mr Dolan (pictured) died in hospital ten days later

Mr Dolan (pictured) died in hospital ten days later

Farrell pleaded guilty to killing Mr Dolan

Farrell pleaded guilty to killing Mr Dolan

Mr Dolan (pictured left) died in hospital ten days later. Farrell (right) pleaded guilty to killing Mr Dolan

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s office told the publication it could not comment on individual cases.

‘The Australian Government takes seriously its responsibility to protect the Australian public from the risk of harm posed by non-citizens who engage in criminal conduct or behaviour,’ the statement said. 

It also said: ‘Non-citizens who do not comply with their visa conditions, who provide incorrect information in order to enter Australia … or who engage in substantial criminal conduct will have their visas cancelled’.

Neighbours found victim Oliver Solan, 30, barely conscious in a hallway at a Young Street apartment block in Randwick, in Sydney's east, about 8.40pm on August 29

Neighbours found victim Oliver Solan, 30, barely conscious in a hallway at a Young Street apartment block in Randwick, in Sydney's east, about 8.40pm on August 29

Neighbours found victim Oliver Solan, 30, barely conscious in a hallway at a Young Street apartment block in Randwick, in Sydney’s east, about 8.40pm on August 29

In his latest alleged attack on August 29, Farrell allegedly left Oliver Solan in a pool of his own blood in the corridor in a Randwick apartment in Sydney’s east. 

The 30-year-old was left with a severed ear and a punctured spleen, which later had to be removed. 

Two others who were involved in Mr Solon’s attack have been charged. 

He also allegedly knocking a 56-year-old man unconscious in a beer garden in Matraville, also in Sydney’s east, in November last year.

The Irishman allegedly hit him with a left-handed punch that knocked him unconscious

The Irishman allegedly hit him with a left-handed punch that knocked him unconscious

The Irishman allegedly hit him with a left-handed punch that knocked him unconscious 

Security officers helped the pub patron who fell flat on his back before being taken to hospital for two days

Security officers helped the pub patron who fell flat on his back before being taken to hospital for two days

Security officers helped the pub patron who fell flat on his back before being taken to hospital for two days

Police allege security footage from the venue showed Farrell and the victim in a verbal argument before the the Irishman allegedly delivered the left-handed blow. 

The man was in hospital for two days.

Farrell is about 175cm tall, of medium build, with brown hair and brown eyes.

He is known to frequent the areas of Randwick, Maroubra, Mascot and Alexandria. 

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Darwin: Hundreds of Australians cut loose in the sunshine at Reset 2020 music festival

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Hundreds of people have gathered to celebrate the return of live music in Darwin.

Reset 2020 was held at the Darwin Ski Club on Saturday and featured acts such as Shannon Noll, The Angels and The SuperJesus. 

The festival, which allowed all ages into the event, is the first live music festival since the COVID-19 outbreak shut down events across the country.

Jon Stevens, the brain behind Noisworks, is the creator of the festival and was supposed to headline the show. 

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People soaked up the sun and the music at the Darwin Ski Club on Saturday

People soaked up the sun and the music at the Darwin Ski Club on Saturday

People soaked up the sun and the music at the Darwin Ski Club on Saturday

Reset 2020 was held at the Darwin Ski Club on Saturday and featured acts such as Shannon Noll, The Angels and The SuperJesus. Pictured: Crowd at the festival

Reset 2020 was held at the Darwin Ski Club on Saturday and featured acts such as Shannon Noll, The Angels and The SuperJesus. Pictured: Crowd at the festival

Reset 2020 was held at the Darwin Ski Club on Saturday and featured acts such as Shannon Noll, The Angels and The SuperJesus. Pictured: Crowd at the festival

The festival, which allowed all ages into the event, is the first live music festival since the COVID-19 outbreak shut down events across the country.

The festival, which allowed all ages into the event, is the first live music festival since the COVID-19 outbreak shut down events across the country.

Video footage shared to Instagram showed one man jump belly-first into one mud puddle and pretend to swim

Video footage shared to Instagram showed one man jump belly-first into one mud puddle and pretend to swim

The festival, which allowed all ages into the event, is the first live music festival since the COVID-19 outbreak shut down events across the country.

Hundreds took the opportunity to soak up the sun and dance to some of their favourite artists. 

A spot of rain didn’t dampen anyone’s mood – with several jumping into mud puddles.

Footage shared to Instagram showed one man jump belly-first into one mud puddle and pretend to swim.

Another clip showed a woman covered in mud twirling to the music in front of the stage while barefoot.

The performers were even overjoyed to be finally back on stage and showcasing their talents to crowds once again.

Noll shared a video of his soundcheck for the festival to Instagram.

‘Yes! First sound check in six months,’ he captioned the video.

‘Cannot wait to play the show tomorrow here in Darwin! Make sure you come check it out if you’re in Darwin! Love NT!’

The performers were even overjoyed to be finally back on stage and showcasing their talents to crowds once again. Noll shared a video of his soundcheck for the festival to Instagram

The performers were even overjoyed to be finally back on stage and showcasing their talents to crowds once again. Noll shared a video of his soundcheck for the festival to Instagram

The performers were even overjoyed to be finally back on stage and showcasing their talents to crowds once again. Noll shared a video of his soundcheck for the festival to Instagram

Angels vocalist Dave Gleeson described the festival as a ‘glimmer of hope’ for musicians. 

Concertgoers Elizabeth Szegedi and Jade Leask were among attendees of the festival.

The pair were keen to see Daryl Braithwaite and Jon Stevens, but the performers were unable to attend due to border restrictions.

However Ms Szegedi and Ms Leask were excited to see Noll play. 

‘The Territory’s the best place to live, isn’t it?’ Ms Szegedi told the NT News.

Hundreds of people turned up to celebrate the return of live music to Darwin on Saturday

Hundreds of people turned up to celebrate the return of live music to Darwin on Saturday

Hundreds of people turned up to celebrate the return of live music to Darwin on Saturday

‘We’re really happy to be here.’

Falls Music and Arts Festival cancelled their Marion Bay, Tasmania, show on July 14 for 2020 but haven’t ruled out shows in NSW, Victoria and WA in 2020 and 2021.

Popular festival Splendour In The Grass was also cancelled for 2020.   

Dark Mofo and Groovin the Moo were also cancelled earlier this year due to the pandemic. 

Tamworth Country Music Festival announced earlier this month that it would not return in 2021. 

Darwin Ski Club will also host Jimmy Barnes and Rebound 2020 in the coming weeks. 

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Prince Harry has ‘joined a helicopter club in California’ so he can take Meghan and Archie on trips

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Prince Harry has reportedly joined a helicopter club in California in order to take Meghan Markle and his son Archie out on family trips.

The Duke of Sussex, 36, needs to practice flying in order to to keep his helicopter licence current, a royal insider told the Sun.

In 2013, the royal qualified as an Apache helicopter commander while serving in the Regiment Army Air Corps but left the military less than a year later to pursue charity work.

Prince Harry has reportedly joined a helicopter club in California in order to take Meghan Markle and his son Archie out on family trips. The Duke of Sussex, 36, needs to practice flying in order to to keep his helicopter licence current. He is pictured in the army on a helicopter in 2012

Prince Harry has reportedly joined a helicopter club in California in order to take Meghan Markle and his son Archie out on family trips. The Duke of Sussex, 36, needs to practice flying in order to to keep his helicopter licence current. He is pictured in the army on a helicopter in 2012

Prince Harry has reportedly joined a helicopter club in California in order to take Meghan Markle and his son Archie out on family trips. The Duke of Sussex, 36, needs to practice flying in order to to keep his helicopter licence current. He is pictured in the army on a helicopter in 2012

‘He’s very proud of that licence; he worked hard to get first the basic and then the Apache.

‘He’s hardly likely to be recalled for military service in England again but he wants to keep the hours up for personal use, so he and Meghan can just take off for expeditions if they want to,’ the friend of Harry told the paper.  

While it is believed Harry doesn’t own his own helicopter yet, the source added that there will be ‘plenty of rich benefactors’ who would be happy to lend Harry their choppers because they would ‘love the royal association’. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior royals in March and moved to Vancouver Island, Canada.

While it is believed Harry doesn't own his own helicopter yet, the source added that there will be 'plenty of rich benefactors' who would be happy to lend Harry their choppers because they would 'love the royal association'. Harry is pictured with Meghan and Archie in 2019 in South Africa

While it is believed Harry doesn't own his own helicopter yet, the source added that there will be 'plenty of rich benefactors' who would be happy to lend Harry their choppers because they would 'love the royal association'. Harry is pictured with Meghan and Archie in 2019 in South Africa

While it is believed Harry doesn’t own his own helicopter yet, the source added that there will be ‘plenty of rich benefactors’ who would be happy to lend Harry their choppers because they would ‘love the royal association’. Harry is pictured with Meghan and Archie in 2019 in South Africa

They spent some time in 39-year-old Meghan’s native Los Angeles before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where they are currently living in an £11million mansion with son Archie, one. 

Last month, the couple signed a £112million Netflix deal that ‘could include a documentary on Princess Diana’. 

An insider told The Mirror the documentary will focus on Diana’s family history and heritage, but voiced fears over it widening the rift with brother William.

Rumours of Harry and Meghan seeking to gain a foothold in Hollywood have run rampant ever since the couple announced their plans to quit as senior royals, seek financial independence and move to North America in January.

Harry is pictured in 2013 after qualifying as a Apache pilot in the British Army. Less than a year later he left to pursue charity work

Harry is pictured in 2013 after qualifying as a Apache pilot in the British Army. Less than a year later he left to pursue charity work

Harry is pictured in 2013 after qualifying as a Apache pilot in the British Army. Less than a year later he left to pursue charity work

Meghan’s first post-Megxit job in showbiz was as a narrator of the Disney Plus docuseries Elephants, which came out in April.

The Los Angeles native nabbed the job after Harry bragged about her voiceover skills to Disney chairman Bob Iger at the London premiere of The Lion King live action remake last summer.

Her fee for the project went entirely to the Elephants Without Borders charity – an organisation dedicated to conserving wildlife and helps protect the animals from poaching.

Harry followed in her footsteps by appearing in a new Netflix documentary about about the Paralympic Games called Rising Phoenix, which aired on August 26.

Rumours of Harry and Meghan seeking to gain a foothold in Hollywood have run rampant ever since the couple announced their plans to quit as senior royals, seek financial independence and move to North America in January

Rumours of Harry and Meghan seeking to gain a foothold in Hollywood have run rampant ever since the couple announced their plans to quit as senior royals, seek financial independence and move to North America in January

Rumours of Harry and Meghan seeking to gain a foothold in Hollywood have run rampant ever since the couple announced their plans to quit as senior royals, seek financial independence and move to North America in January

In 2014, Harry confessed he missed his role as an Apache helicopter pilot and would like to return to flying in the future. 

The Prince loved his five-month posting to Afghanistan in winter 2012-13 where he served as a top gun co-pilot, often providing top cover for medical evacuations. But he did not enjoy the social side of life on base at Wattisham, Suffolk.

As an Apache pilot, it was his regular job to provide cover from above as the teams retrieved casualties from the battlefield, often under enemy fire.

Prince Harry and Meghan  announced they have signed deal with Netflix. Pictured, in a video supplied on Monday July 6, 2020 by The Queen's Commonwealth Trust

Prince Harry and Meghan  announced they have signed deal with Netflix. Pictured, in a video supplied on Monday July 6, 2020 by The Queen's Commonwealth Trust

Prince Harry and Meghan  announced they have signed deal with Netflix. Pictured, in a video supplied on Monday July 6, 2020 by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust 

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