“It was like you could cut the air with a knife…”
The mood inside a home the night a southern NSW family was killed in a suspected murder-suicide was so tense it was like you could “cut the air with a knife”, a coronial inquest has been told.
Kim Hunt, 41, and her children Fletcher, 10, Mia, 8, and Phoebe, 6, were found dead on their farm in Lockhart in September 2014.
The body of 44-year-old Geoff Hunt — Kim’s husband, and the children’s father — was found a day later in a nearby dam. A gun was found beside his body.
Coroner Michael Barnes is hearing evidence about the deaths at Wagga Wagga Coroner’s Court.
Lorraine Burke was employed to help the Hunt family with domestic chores after Kim Hunt sustained permanent brain injuries in a 2012 car accident, which the court heard led to a significant change in her personality.