In­ves­ti­ga­tion might not yield an­swers

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - War­ren Hately

The WA Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into last Fri­day’s mur­der-sui­cide will in­clude ef­forts to dis­cern the mo­tives be­hind the tragedy.

While many Mar­garet River res­i­dents are still cop­ing with the fall­out from Fri­day’s hor­rific news, the com­mu­nity’s wish for an­swers as to what mo­ti­vated the crimes can­not be guar­an­teed.

A big team of homi­cide de­tec­tives and foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tors were an omi­nous pres­ence in the town this week, with the Os­ming­ton crime scene locked down while the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ued.

A WA Po­lice spokesman said in the ab­sence of likely crim­i­nal charges, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion would in­form a re­port to be handed to the State Coro­ner for her con­sid­er­a­tion.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions con­sider all per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent at the Os­ming­ton prop­erty is con­tin­u­ing. It is ex­pected the scene ex­am­i­na­tion will be com­pleted in com­ing days.”

Dur­ing press ap­pear­ances at the week­end, Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Chris Daw­son said the highly com­plex crime scene would re­quire time and pa­tience be­fore any facts could be re­leased.

Po­lice de­clined to con­firm the shock­ing in­ci­dent was a mur­der­sui­cide but made clear no other peo­ple were sought and there was no on­go­ing dan­ger to res­i­dents.

Po­lice say 61-year-old Peter Miles shot and killed his daugh­ter Ka­t­rina Miles, 35, and four grand­chil­dren — Taye Cock­man, 13, Ry­lan Cock­man, 12, Arye Cock­man, 10, and Ka­dyn Cock­man, 8 — who were sleep­ing in a con­verted shed on the prop­erty.

Mr Miles then re­turned to the main house and shot wife Cynda, 58, be­fore tak­ing his own life.

Com­mis­sioner Daw­son said lo­cal of­fi­cers who were first on the scene did an ex­em­plary job and would be sup­ported in the af­ter­math of con­fronting scenes.

WA Po­lice de­clined to com­ment on the wel­fare of the lo­cal of­fi­cers.

“The po­lice chap­lain con­tin­ues to li­aise with of­fi­cers who re­sponded to the Os­ming­ton in­ci­dent and other coun­selling is avail­able to staff as they re­quire,” he said.

Pic­ture: Justin Ben­son-Cooper

Po­lice at the road block on Os­ming­ton Road.

Po­lice at the crime scene.

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