Inside the shocking double murder-suicide that has rocked Warrnambool

When phrase unfold via Warrnambool that Kevin Knowles had been murdered, various locals needed to purchase his killer a beer. 

Situated on the west coast of Victoria, Warrnambool is basically identified for its rugged shoreline and Kermond’s Burgers, which has a nationwide profile for its burger with the lot regardless of it not coming with beetroot. 

Knowles had tormented the city for a lot of his wretched 49 years above floor. 

Kevin Knowles was among two shot dead in Kirkstall on Friday. He is pictured arriving at the Coroners Court in June 2019

Kevin Knowles was amongst two shot useless in Kirkstall on Friday. He is pictured arriving on the Coroners Court in June 2019

Travis Cashmore, 45, armed himself with a shotgun and blasted Knowles and his associate

Travis Cashmore, 45, armed himself with a shotgun and blasted Knowles and his affiliate 

Emergency services on Kirkstall-Koroit Road, Kirkstall after Travis Cashmore shot dead Knowles and Ben Ray

Emergency providers on Kirkstall-Koroit Road, Kirkstall after Travis Cashmore shot useless Knowles and Ben Ray 

On July 22, he and his acquaintance Benjamin Ray had been gunned down in broad daylight just a few kilometres from Knowles’ dwelling in Kirkstall, north-west of Warrnambool. 

The explanation why Travis Cashmore, 45, did what he did that day died with him. 

His physique was discovered at his close by dwelling after he turned his gun upon himself after dispatching the pair. 

Days later an indication erected exterior his Kirkstall dwelling indicated Cashmore had fallen prey to Knowles’ depraved video games.  

‘Free,’ the signal boldly acknowledged. 

‘Trav! You and the Kirkstall neighborhood are actually free from Kevin Knowles. RIP.’

In the hours after the double homicide suicide, locals interviewed by roaming tv reporters expressed shock on the killings. 

Behind closed doorways, no-one was actually that shocked about the way it was Knowles got here to fulfill his finish. 

Knowles had lengthy been each loathed and feared locally. 

At the time of his demise his rap sheet stretched on for greater than 50 pages. 

He was additionally suspected of committing at the very least two murders, together with that of his lengthy struggling associate Amanda Bourke, 44. 

While some may say it is in poor style to talk in poor health of the useless, not many who frolicked in Knowles’ firm would solid such aspersions.

Exactly what drove Cashmore to tug the set off on Knowles, and his unlucky mate, will probably be coated in a police report back to the coroner. 

What is publicly identified is that ‘Benny’ Ray was probably taken out by Cashmore within the warmth of the second. 

The 48-year previous Dubbo man, in New South Wales, hadn’t been in Victoria all that lengthy and had reportedly solely just lately met Knowles on the bus cease. 

Wong place, wrong time: Benjamin Ray was run down and then shot by Travis Cashmore

Wong place, incorrect time: Benjamin Ray was run down after which shot by Travis Cashmore

Cashman was found dead at a property nearby on Chamberlain Street shortly after the shooting (pictured, emergency services on  Kirkstall-Koroit Road)

Cashman was discovered useless at a property close by on Chamberlain Street shortly after the taking pictures (pictured, emergency providers on  Kirkstall-Koroit Road)

He had been planning to return dwelling up north to go to when he suggested a mate he wanted to take care of one thing, The Age reported. 

‘Hey mate, nonetheless coming to Dubbo. I received’t be there on Monday, sorry mate. But will probably be there subsequent week. Something’s come up that I’ve to attend. See you mate after I get there. Bye,’ the message learn.  

The father of three could be run down on Scotts North Road by Cashmore’s automobile earlier than being blasted at close to level clean vary with a shotgun. 

The native paper, The Standard, claimed Knowles was shot behind the top execution model. 

Like Knowles, Ray was due in courtroom on the time of his demise. 

Unlike Knowles, it had solely been for driving issues. 

Knowles, a self-confessed ice addict, was up on drug prices. 

He had already frolicked in jail this yr after threatening to stab to demise one other native. 

Knowles had lobbed as much as his sufferer’s dwelling with a canine and a knife. 

Few that knew Knowles doubted he had the capability to make use of it. 

Victorian Coroner Simon McGregor put it in writing in 2019 when he bluntly acknowledged Knowles was a killer. 

Amanda Bourke drowned while swimming with her partner, Knowles, in 2018. She had been with him when a coroner believes he beat a man to death

Amanda Bourke drowned whereas swimming together with her associate, Knowles, in 2018. She had been with him when a coroner believes he beat a person to demise 

Amanda Bourke was the only living person who knew what Knowles had done to Mr Johnston when she drowned

Amanda Bourke was the one dwelling one that knew what Knowles had finished to Mr Johnston when she drowned 

The coroner had been wanting into the suspicious demise of Warnnambool man Stephen Johnston, who was final seen alive getting drunk with Knowles on December 8, 2016. 

The 57-year previous’s demise was suspicious because of the truth that he appeared to have been bludgeoned to demise. 

When police discovered him he was nonetheless clinging to life, however with 101 separate accidents, he died in hospital earlier than he might inform them what had occurred. 

What is understood is that Knowles and his associate Amanda Bourke had been furiously boozing with him in his yard the evening earlier than his mangled physique was discovered. 

A witness informed police he noticed Mr Johnston chase the pair out of his yard that evening whereas wielding a hammer. 

The pair claimed they returned that morning to search out Mr Johnston bare and battered on his entrance garden.

They took him inside for a relaxation after which used his bank cards to go on a Maccas run, they informed police.

With no CCTV, no witnesses and no actual proof to pin the homicide on him, Knowles walked free. 

The solely witness to what occurred that evening, his associate, would die beneath mysterious circumstances in January 2018 whereas Knowles was nonetheless beneath investigation. 

A witness told police she heard at least two gunshots and the sound of a vehicle speeding off shortly before the grim discovery (pictured, police vehicle on Kirkstall-Koroit Road)

A witness informed police she heard at the very least two gunshots and the sound of a car dashing off shortly earlier than the grim discovery (pictured, police car on Kirkstall-Koroit Road)

Coroner McGregor had heard Knowles had been fearful his associate would ultimately dob on him. 

He had been proven letters from Knowles urging Ms Bourke to not be a ‘canine’ and squeal on him to the ‘jacks’. 

Despite Ms Bourke being the one one that might hyperlink Knowles to Mr Johnston’s homicide, a coronial inquest into her demise was by no means held. 

Instead, the coroner merely discovered Ms Bourke had agreed to go on a swim with Knowles in a infamous stretch of water midway between Warrnambool and Port Fairy. 

Knowles informed police she was swept away from him and drowned.  

A witness backed-up Knowles’ claims that he had tried to assist her. 

While Deputy State Coroner Caitlin English heard Knowles had a historical past of bashing Ms Bourke, the coroner discovered she was merely a tragic sufferer of the ocean. 

Back in Kirkstall, a small city 275km south-west of Melbourne with a inhabitants of lower than 400 folks, Cashmore’s neighbours nonetheless discuss what occurred final month.

Neighbours described Knowles’ killer as a pleasant bloke, who lived an ‘alternate’ way of life. 

‘We by no means ever had cross phrases; we might discuss over the fence about pets and stuff he was doing … he’s a beautiful man,’ a neighbour informed The Age.

‘I don’t know what to consider it. I don’t know what might have presumably pushed him to try this.’

Others little doubt have just a few concepts.