A Dunedin man who shot dead his two children in January this year had an arson conviction in relation to an ex-girlfriend, TVNZ has reported.
In January Edward Livingstone killed his two children, 9-year-old Bradley and 6-year-old Ellen, at their home in the Dunedin suburb of St Leonards. His body was also found in the house.
Thirty years ago Livingstone had tried to burn down a former girlfriend’s house in Sydney, Australia, TVNZ reported tonight.
That offence was prompted by his then girlfriend announcing she was leaving him, according to the report.
Livingstone separated from his estranged Dunedin wife in May 2013.
Before murdering his children he had twice breached a protection order.
Commenting on the historic arson offending Justice Minister Judith Collins said it appeared to ‘‘show an attitude about getting your own way that would be very concerning".
Collins said the original offence was 30 years old and may or may not have made a difference. ‘‘My understanding is the information concerning his convictions would have been covered by the clean slate legislation (in New Zealand),’’ Collins told TVNZ.
In Dunedin Livingstone worked for the Corrections Department.
He began working at Otago Prison in November 2007 as an administration support officer. The job involved logging details of prisoners.
- Fairfax Media