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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Father drowns himself and 2 sons

Damien Little - a popular, great bloke

The whole country was shocked and sickened by the Robert Farquharson case. He was the man who drove himself and his three sons into a dam and left them there to drown, but managed to escape. He told the court he had a coughing fit and blacked out.

But that wasn't the real reason - he wanted to get back at his wife who broke his heart when she told him she didn't love him anymore and had found someone else.  He is now serving a lengthy prison sentence.

Today the town of Port Lincoln is in mourning after a father drove himself and his two small sons, aged 1 and 4 off the end of Brennan's Wharf into 30m of water.  

At 6am yesterday, Damien Little posted a suicide note on Facebook and then carried out the tragic murder-suicide.

That suicide note on the Facebook page he shared with his wife Melissa, a school teacher, has since been removed.

"We saw a car go passed and heard a bang" one witness said..."Then it.....flipped over the lip and sank to the bottom."

Police divers from Adelaide emerged from the water at lunch time with three body bags and a rifle with a telescopic sight.

"They are absolutely doting parents" one neighbour said.  "I tell everyone how blessed these children were to have such wonderful parents, I couldn't fault them in any way."

Damien Little was one of five brothers who played at Lincoln South Football club, winning premierships in 2009 and 2010.

An associate of the father said he saw him three days ago at the beach. "He seemed absolutely fine" he said.  "He seemed normal...he's not a big drinker....and I could not sense anything was wrong...I have never seen a bad side."

Port Lincoln Mayor Bruce Green said the community is in shock."First there is a sense of disbelief and then it moves to grief" he said.