The father who shot his two children in Dunedin last week
is understood to have taken the murder weapon from his former
flatmate's gun safe.
Edward Hamilton Livingstone (51), the estranged husband of
Katharine Webb, was the subject of a protection order to not
associate with her, and last year was twice charged with
breaching the order.
Ms Webb went to neighbours for help after Livingstone turned
up at the Kiwi St home in St Leonards armed with a gun, which
was later used to kill his children before he turned it on
Until a week before the shootings, Livingstone had been
living in Milton and worked in administration at the Otago
Corrections Facility at Milburn.
The Otago Daily Times understands the murder weapon
was taken from his former flatmate's gun safe by Livingstone
after he accessed a key.
That allegation was put to Inspector Greg Sparrow, area
commander Dunedin Clutha Waitaki, who responded with a
statement:''Police identified early on in their inquiries how
Livingstone accessed the gun and these details form part of
our inquiries and investigation.
''The aspects you have raised form a significant part of our
investigations, as do those that specifically relate to
Edward Livingstone and his circumstances.''
Last week police confirmed Livingstone did not have a
firearms licence. Mr Livingstone's former flatmate could not
be reached for comment yesterday.
University of Otago National Centre for Peace and Conflict
Studies director Kevin Clements said for a protection order
to work effectively it was important the offender had no
access to firearms.
He expected police would check any address to ascertain the
availability of firearms.
Previously, New Zealand registered firearms as opposed to
firearms owners, ''and the problem is you don't know how many
guns, unless they are handguns or semi-automatics, are at
''That means police and nobody else knows how many guns
licensed gun owners have.''
If Livingstone was able to source the murder weapon from a
person he had been living with, then ''there is a major
deficiency in the process''.
New Zealand had about 230,000 licensed firearms owners and an
estimated 1.2 million firearms, he said.
Of those, an estimated 25,000 firearms were in criminal
hands, and 45,000 were owned by the Defence Force.