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By Chloe Hart
Updated Tue 19 Nov 2013, 10:13am AEDT
A coroner has found there was no failure in medical treatment for a depressed Wagga Wagga man who killed his son and then himself in April 2012.
The coronial inquest at Wagga Wagga Local Court yesterday was unable to reveal why Raymond Langfield, formerly of Cowra, killed his 13 year old son Patrick.
The court heard the 43 year old was being medicated for anxiety and depression amid a pending separation with his wife when the tragic murder suicide took place.
Hours before the deaths, Ray Langfield shot a home video of his children sleeping, speaking of his love for them in the past tense.
Later he saw his wife writing to her lawyer finalising their separation.
Wife and mother Debbie Langfield and immediate family did not attend the inquest but prepared a statement.
Mrs Langfield said everyday is a struggle reliving the horror and terror of that day and questioned how a father do such a thing to their child.
She also expressed concerns her husband’s condition had not been properly diagnosed.
Coroner Megan Greenwood heard Mr Langfield went to his GP for help with the couples’ marital difficulties and was referred to a psychologist and psychiatrist.
Coroner Greenwood told the court on three occasions, Ray told his psychologist he was not having suicidal or homicidal thoughts.
Days before the tragedy, Mr Langfield was prescribed a strong sedative, Temazepam on top of anti-depressants.
Associate Professor Micheal Robertson from the Royal College of Psychiatrists told the court it is highly unlikely the combination of drugs caused any dangerous side effects – something which is more common among children taking Temazepam.
The psychiatrist said the man suffered anxiety and depression in light of his marriage breakdown but no mood disorder was diagnosed.
The court heard Ray Langfield’s desperation to keep his family together led up to the murder suicide.
Debbie Langfield said Patrick, a former Mater Dei Primary School captain, was loved and adored by all who knew him.
Mrs Langfield said her son was the best child in the world and the family will never be able to understand their father’s actions.
She said the deaths have stolen the innocence of Patrick’s younger brother and sister, Rebecca and Joseph.
Phillip Langfield – Ray’s father and Patrick’s grandfather – told the coroner Ray was a loving, generous man who wanted to save his marriage and family.
He said the breakdown of their 15 year marriage left Ray profoundly sad and agitated.
He wept as he told the court their deaths could’ve been prevented and said that every day he feels guilt that his son’s cries for help went unanswered.
Coroner Greenwood said Mr Langfield suffered dark moods, rages and one incident of domestic violence seven years ago.
The Coroner said he suffered reactive depression, but found there was no failure by his doctors nor any indication he was at risk of violence towards himself or others.
She accepted a psychiatrist’s finding that there is no plausible explanation nor any evidence to say why the tragedy occurred.