InDaily InDaily

Support independent Journalism Donate Subscribe
Support independent journalism


Port Lincoln reels from father's shocking murder-suicide


The community of Port Lincoln is mourning and the nation is reeling after a father drove off a wharf, killing himself and his two young children.

Comments Print article

The bodies of Damien Little and his children – Hunter, aged about one, and four-year-old Koda – were pulled from the water off Brennen Wharf in the Eyre Peninsula town on Monday.

Police confirmed the car they were in had been deliberately driven off the wharf and into 30 metres of water.

The incident has stunned locals with neighbours describing the two children as “vivacious, sensational and beautiful”.

One neighbour told the Adelaide Advertiser Mr Little and his wife Melissa were “absolutely doting parents”.

“I tell everyone how blessed those children were to have such wonderful parents. I could not fault them in anyway,” the neighbour said.

Little and his wife operated a floor-covering business and he had also played for the Lincoln South Football Club.

Police described the deaths as heartbreaking.

“It’s a small community. No doubt this will affect a lot of people living in Port Lincoln,” Detective Superintendent Paul Yeomans said.

A shotgun was also retrieved from the car.

Port Lincoln Mayor Bruce Green said he felt “empty” after hearing the news.

“You’re just dumbfounded as to why these things can happen,” he said.

“You don’t have any power in solving what’s just happened or changing what’s just happened. So you just feel a little empty.”

Hundreds of tributes have been left to the children on social media.

Locals have also begun to place flowers and teddy bears on the edge of the wharf.

Police continue to investigate the deaths and are preparing a report for the state coroner.


* Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78

Make a comment View comment guidelines

Local News Matters

Media diversity is under threat in Australia – nowhere more so than in South Australia. The state needs more than one voice to guide it forward and you can help with a donation of any size to InDaily. Your contribution goes directly to helping our journalists uncover the facts. Please click below to contribute to InDaily.

Contribute here
Powered by PressPatron


Show comments Hide comments
Will my comment be published? Read the guidelines.

More Local stories

Loading next article