DV’s issues were ‘agreed’ before SA’s death | Blue Mountains Gazette
Some domestic violence issues surrounding a man who killed himself and his young daughter at a dam wall in South Australia were settled by agreement just hours before the murder-suicide, it has been revealed .
Attorney General Vickie Chapman said the family had come to an agreed position on what would and would not proceed with the allegations and protection orders.
She said that under such circumstances “it seemed at first glance” that the legal system had not let the family down.
But Ms Chapman said the case should not go to pre-trial until police finalize their investigations and until other investigations are completed, including a possible investigation.
“I am not going to prejudge the circumstances until we understand what happened in this case. And we have to do it,” Chapman told reporters on Friday.
Henry Shepherdson, 38, was seen by witnesses jumping from the Whispering Wall in Williamstown on Wednesday afternoon as he held nine-month-old Kobi in a baby carrier.
Mr Shepherdson was found dead at the foot of the wall and the girl also died at the scene.
Police treat him as a murder-suicide and revealed shortly after the deaths that there was a history of domestic violence in the family.
Ms Chapman said it was “a fact” that there had been charges against Mr Shepherdson in court in the past 24 hours.
“It appears that there has been an agreement between the parties on what needs to be progressed and what remains with regard to the protection orders,” she said.
“There had been an agreement between the parties on how this case had progressed.
“It looks like this family has made a decision on what to do next.”
However, Ms Chapman said she would not comment on anyone’s responsibility until she received the police report.
She is also committed to working with the mother and her extended family to try to âget answersâ ââabout her situation.
“But before we start to impose what we think has happened, we have to have this report. We owe it to the family,” she said.
Assistant Commissioner Ian Parrott has said he expects the police investigation into the deaths to be complex.
Court documents released on Friday showed Mr Shepherdson was charged last year with threatening to kill his daughter, but the charges were dropped in March.
They also revealed a history of offenses in Western Australia.
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