Funerals for family killed in Osmington shooting

Police at the Osmington property on May 12. Photo: Richard Wainwright/AAP
Police at the Osmington property on May 12. Photo: Richard Wainwright/AAP

MOURNERS will gather at two separate funeral services to farewell a family of seven killed in a murder-suicide at a rural property in Western Australia’s south.

Peter Miles, 61, his 58-year-old wife Cynda, their daughter Katrina, 35, and her four children – daughter Taye, 13, and sons Rylan, 12, Arye, 10, and Kadyn, eight – were found dead at Forever Dreaming Farm in Osmington on May 11.

Three guns licensed to Mr Miles were found at the hobby farm and the family all suffered gunshot wounds.

A funeral service will be held at the Crematorium Chapel in Bunbury on Wednesday morning for Katrina and her children while another one will be held at the same location in the afternoon for the entire family.

Tributes posted on the funeral company’s website included Diana Lokken and Jay Jennings, who said they were saddened to hear of the sudden loss.

“We had so enjoyed the lovely breakfast at the farm and chatting with all your family during our visit to Australia.”

Phil and Debbie, who did not give their surnames, said they were thankful for many happy family holidays at the farm.

“Seeing our children grow and grandchildren arrive, through the happy times and through the sad times, you’ve always been special friends.”

Police spent days scouring the 11 hectare property, about 20km from the tourist hub of Margret River, and the investigation is continuing.

Friends have told AAP Mr Miles “couldn’t look after his family” and felt a “sense of failure”.

The children’s father Aaron Cockman, who was embroiled in a bitter dispute with his estranged partner over access to their children, previously said he believed Mr Miles planned the murder-suicide.

Mr Cockman speculated that Mr Miles, whose son died years ago, could not bear the thought of losing his other son Neil, who has a serious kidney illness.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.