Father appears in SA court charged with shooting murders of teenagers

A man has appeared in a South Australian court charged with the shooting murders of his teenage son and his son’s girlfriend.

The young woman and the man, both aged 19, were visiting a property at Mount McIntyre near Millicent in the state’s south-east when they were killed on Saturday night.

Police were called to the property just before midnight and have said investigations into the incident are ongoing.

The young man’s 46-year-old father was charged with their murders and today appeared via video link in the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court, but cannot be named for legal reasons.

His defence lawyer Dylan Walsh successfully applied for a suppression order on details relating to the case.

The man did not make an application for bail and remains in custody, and is expected to reappear in court in December.

Both victims attended universities in Adelaide, and friends and former schools today paid tribute.

“This just isn’t fair you were taken away from us like this,” one friend wrote on social media.

The principal of one of their former schools said the community was “devastated” to learn of the death of the former student, and that families and friends were “united in grief at this tragic time”.

“Students … have rallied together to support each other as they grieve over the loss,” the principal wrote.

The principal of the other victim’s former school also expressed her condolences, saying the school community was “shocked and devastated”.

Both schools said counsellors would provide support to staff, students and old scholars “at this terribly sad” and “extremely difficult” time.