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Dad at footy with son before shooting

Hours before he allegedly shot his son and his son’s girlfriend, Pawel Klosowski watched a game of football with the teenager.Truck driver Klosowski, 46, of Mount McIntyre was arrested on Saturday and charged with the murder of his son Lukasz Klosowski and Chelsea Ireland, both 19.His identity was suppressed for 72 hours to prevent “undue…

Hours before he allegedly shot his son and his son’s girlfriend, Pawel Klosowski watched a game of football with the teenager.

Truck driver Klosowski, 46, of Mount McIntyre was arrested on Saturday and charged with the murder of his son Lukasz Klosowski and Chelsea Ireland, both 19.

His identity was suppressed for 72 hours to prevent “undue hardship” to his three stepchildren, however that lapsed on Thursday afternoon.

According to The Advertiser, Klosowski had been part of the local Kalangadoo community for four years and was often found at a local pub where his wife works or at the Kalangadoo Football Club on the weekends.

A local woman said he had been at the club with Lukasz hours before police allege he killed his son at a family gathering at 11.30pm on Saturday night at his rural property.

Klosowski’s social media activity indicates he was a truck driver and a gun enthusiast.

Lukazs and Chelsea were known to have visited the property on multiple occasions, with the son and father only having reconnected in recent years.

Kalangadoo general store owner and owner of the local logging company, Tim Krieger, told The Advertiser he often saw Klosowski at the football club.

“They were both a nice couple as far as I knew,” Mr Krieger said of Klosowski and his wife.

“You would never think anything like that (would happen).

“It’s pretty sad for the community, and a real sad thing to see so close to town.”

Tributes for the slain pair have flowed on social media, with friends expressing their “devastation” at their bright futures being taken away from them.

“It feels impossible to find words to express how much you both made an impact on people’s lives. RIP Chelsea Ireland and Lukasz Klosowski,” one post read.

Lukasz went to Christian Brothers College while Chelsea went to St Mary’s College.

“The staff community remembers Chelsea as a bright and engaged young woman who was connected with her community and embraced all elements of school life,” St Mary’s College principal Clare Nocka said.

Christian Brothers College principal Daniel Lynch said his school community and graduates from the class of 2018 had “rallied together to support each other as they grieve over the loss of their brother”.

In the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court on Monday, Klosowski’s defence lawyer Dylan Walsh applied to have his client’s identity suppressed.

However, Magistrate Maria Panagiotidis said she did not believe Klosowski’s stepchildren would be exposed to undue hardship if his identity was revealed.

She gave Mr Walsh 72 hours to appeal her decision to reject the secrecy order and granted an interim suppression order that lapsed at 2.30pm on Thursday.

“How does it protect the children now, if everyone in the town already knows?” Ms Panagiotidis said.

“It is too late, the information has been in the public arena … it serves no utility in this circumstance.”

Klosowski did not apply for bail, and will face court again in December.

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