A woman shot dead her outlaw bikie ex-partner and then
killed herself after finding messages and photos on social media confirming
he was having an affair, a Tasmanian coroner finds.
Michael William Dunk and Elishka Dawn Johnson were
found dead on a property in the small north-west Tasmanian town of Wilmot in
Coroner Duncan Fairley investigated the deaths,
finding 46-year-old Mr Dunk died of gunshot wounds to the abdomen and head,
inflicted by 41-year-old Ms Johnson, who later took her own life.
The couple, who met in 2001, had moved from the
Gold Coast to Tasmania around 2005 and gained full-time employment, Mr
Statements obtained from various co-workers
indicated Ms Johnson and Mr Dunk were "both respected and well-liked by
their respective colleagues".
Evidence from friends and family indicated Ms
Johnson disapproved of Mr Dunk's involvement in the Black Uhlans motorcycle
club which he had been a member of since 2011.
Ms Johnson begrudged the amount of time her partner
spent at the clubrooms and associating with other members, the coroner
Medical records show Ms Johnson had sought help for
depressive symptoms related to problems with her relationship and at work.
In March 2015, Ms Johnson discovered Mr Dunk had
been conducting an affair and detailed this in her diary, along with the
The coroner found on April 6, days before killing
her ex-partner, Ms Johnson discovered photos and messages on social media
which confirmed his relationship with another woman.
Mr Fairley said Ms Johnson arranged for Mr Dunk to
come to the Wilmot property two days later.
Bodies found by Black Uhlans friends
The coroner noted on the day of his death, Mr Dunk
had sent his new lover a message that read: "Eli wants to talk to me about
something 2nite. Will give you a yell when I get back to Dev".
"On the afternoon of 8 April 2015, Ms Johnson
concluded her shift at the Kmart store at 1.00pm," Mr Fairley said.
"Her co-workers recalled that she seemed unwell
during the day but not so that it was particularly unusual. Most were
aware that Ms Johnson suffered from migraine headaches."
He said Ms Johnson was last seen around 1:30pm when
she stopped for fuel in Devonport.
Forty-eight hours later, two members of the Black
Uhlans club who went to the property after becoming concerned about Mr
Dunk's whereabouts found the couple's bodies.
The police investigation focused on the possibility
the pair may have died as a result of third-party intervention. But the
coroner said having reviewed the evidence, he was satisfied no other person
contributed to either death.
Forensic examinations found Mr Dunk's blood on one
of Ms Johnson's boots and her fingerprints on the gun safe and empty
cartridge box at the property.
The shotgun used to kill Mr Dunk was one of three
weapons registered to Ms Johnson.
Mr Fairley concluded by conveying his "sincere
condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr Dunk and Ms Johnson".