Farmer Geoff Hunt’s wife raged at him for being lazy as he sat watching Home and Away with their three kids. He calmly got up, made dinner and the school lunches – then he shot them all before killing himself. How you can kill your own kids is beyond me. Read full story from Daily Mail below
The night Geoff Hunt killed his family before taking his own life his wife Kim had raged at him about finances, claiming one of her husband’s brothers was stealing from the family trust.
An inquest into the deaths of Lockhart farmer Geoff, nurse Kim and their children Fletcher, 10, Mia, 8, and Phoebe, 6, is taking place this week.
A forensic psychologist told the inquest it’s likely the farmer primarily wanted to kill himself due to his depression and a total loss of hope.
However, he may have decided to kill his family as he believed they were dependent on him and he thought ‘he would spare them future pain’. His use of a gun to inflict a single fatal injury also indicates he did not wish to inflict pain on his wife and children, the psychologist said.
The evidence suggests Mr Hunt gunned his wife down in the driveway of their property in the NSW Riverina before walking inside his house and shooting each of his children dead as they lay in their bed.
The last person to see them alive, carer Lorraine Bourke, has detailed the tense final night in their home, with Mrs Hunt berating her husband for being lazy as he watched Home and Away with his children after giving them dinner and making their school lunches.
Mrs Hunt became depressed and often flew into a rage after suffering a brain injury in a near-fatal car crash in 2012.
The inquest heard that Mr Hunt also seemed very depressed and quiet on September 8, 2014 – the last night he was seen alive.
Mr Hunt had confided in a counsellor that his worst fear was being alone, as the family sought help from mental health experts in their final years.
Just weeks before she died, Mrs Hunt told a relative she was not in love with or attracted to her husband.
Ms Bourke told the inquest Mrs Hunt demanded her husband do something about the family finances – despite the inquest finding the farm was profitable, expecting a good yield in their next crop and there was no debt or financial stress.