The man at the centre of the St Leonards triple fatality had
twice been charged with breaching a Domestic Violence Act
Edward Hamilton Livingstone appeared in the Dunedin District
Court in November for sentence after earlier admitting the
breach - his second - and was discharged without conviction
on the payment of $500 to Stopping Violence Dunedin, a
charity nominated by the victim, whose identity was
At that court appearance, it was revealed Mr Livingstone was
at that time attending counselling.
Mr Livingstone's lawyer, John Westgate, told the court his
client had breached the protection order when his medication
for mental health issues was being stabilised.
The breach involved Mr Livingstone telephoning the protected
person and leaving a message on September 14.
Mr Westgate said the message was not threatening or
intimidating, and Mr Livingstone had made the call to
apologise for his earlier behaviour.
A conviction would jeopardise Mr Livingstone's employment, Mr
Westgate said then.
For the earlier protection order breach, Mr Livingstone had
been granted diversion.
Mr Livingstone, who had been employed at the Otago
Corrections Facility at Milburn since it opened in 2007 as a
''non-custodial'' administrator, had notified his boss when
he was first charged and had taken time off.
Corrections Department acting chief executive Jeremy
Lightfoot said Mr Livingstone had no contact or direct
involvement with inmates.
After Corrections became aware of the protection order charge
in August, it worked with Mr Livingstone to ensure he had
''He was going through a marriage break-up,'' Mr Lightfoot
''As any good employer would, we were making sure he had
access to our employee assistance programmes and
Mr Livingstone told his bosses about the second breach of the
protection order in mid-September.
''At that point, we wanted to take the opportunity to assess
the situation. We suspended him for a period of about a month
and he returned to work in mid-October.
''We maintained contact with him throughout that time,
offering provision of additional counselling and support.''
The prison manager contacted Mr Livingstone just before
Christmas, and he indicated his life was taking a positive
''At that time, he said he had formed a new relationship.
Indications were that he was starting to feel more positive
and things were perhaps turning a corner,'' Mr Lightfoot
Staff were shocked yesterday at news of the shootings.
''It has hit the site pretty hard. This will have a
significant impact on staff.''
Where to get help
Family violence agencies. -
Te Whare Pounamu Women's Refuge: 0800-733-843
Rape Crisis: (03) 474-1592
Stopping Violence Dunedin: 0800-474-1121
Te Roopu Tautoko Ki Te Tonga Inc: (03) 477-4670
Relationships Aotearoa: 0800-735-283
Jigsaw Wakatipu: 0508-440-255Shine: 0508-744-633
Depression Helpline: 0800-693-342
LifeLine New Zealand: 0800-543-354
Union of Fathers: 0508-225-532
In an emergency: Dial 111