Henry David Shepherdson was in court attempting to gain permission to contact his family just hours before he killed himself and his baby daughter in a horrific murder-suicide.
On Wednesday afternoon, South Australian police and emergency services were called to the Whispering Wall reservoir site at Williamstown near the Barossa Valley after witnesses reported seeing a man with an infant in a child carrier jump off the wall.
Both Shepherdson, 38, and his nine-month-old daughter Kobi died at the scene, with the tragedy sending shockwaves throughout Australia.
The Adelaide Advertiser has revealed Shepherdson appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court just hours before his death and that of his infant child.
The Torrensville man had been accused of domestic violence-related offending in December 2020, with the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court barring him from posting about his family online and coming within 200m of them. On Thursday, police said several domestic violence reports had been made previously. That court processes
were underway – however, just hours before the tragedy, Shepherdson had appeared in court in an attempt to change those two court-imposed conditions. Speaking to the media yesterday, Assistant Commissioner Ian Parrott said there was a history of domestic violence in the family. Still, he noted Shepherdson had “lawful access” to Kobi at the time of her death.