Children's funeral strictly policed

16:00, Jan 23 2014
Bradley and Ellen Livingstone
BRADLEY AND ELLEN: Bradley had a quirky sense of humour and unending devotion to his mother and sister. Ellen was a natural leader with a nurturing heart.

Tomorrow's funeral for two Dunedin youngsters gunned down by their father last week is to be strictly policed.

A service for Bradley Livingstone, 9, and his sister, Ellen, 6, will be held at St George's Hall next to their school in St Leonards at 2pm.

Police say their family is worried about huge media interest in the event, and has asked for respect. A media area has been set up outside.

The family has asked that it and friends not be approached by journalists and not be photographed at close range.

Jo Wilson, principal of St Leonards School, spent the afternoon yesterday with their mother, Katharine Webb, in preparation for the service.

The sleepy coastal suburb of St Leonards was shattered by gunshots about 10pm on Wednesday last week when Bradley and Ellen were killed in their beds by their father, Edward Livingstone, 51.


Livingstone then shot himself dead, after close neighbour Chris Foot failed to wrestle the firearm from him.

Police are predicting a lengthy investigation and are making little comment about aspects of the case.

Livingstone was able to get a firearm when he did not have a firearms licence.

Police say they know where he got the shotgun used, but won't reveal details.

He apparently made threats to kill his ex-wife last August.

In the days after the shootings it was revealed he had escaped being jailed after breaching protection orders in August and September last year.

Fairfax Media