Ballina teacher found dead with wife in double suicide after charged with the sexual assault


Teacher is found dead along with his wife in horror double suicide just days after he was charged with the sexual assault of a student

  • Rodney Charles Eather and his wife Joan Eather were found dead in their home
  • The 66-year-old was charged with 11 counts of sexual assault of person under 16
  • The double suicide happened just three days after Mr Eather was charged 

A high school teacher who was charged with the historical sexual assault of a student has been found dead along with his wife in a double suicide.

The bodies of Rodney Charles Eather and his wife Joan Eather were found at their home in Morayfield, 45km north of Brisbane, last month.

The gruesome discovery was made just three days after he was charged with 11 counts of sexual assault of a person under 16 years of age and carnal knowledge by a teacher of a girl aged between 10 and 17.

The bodies of Rodney Charles Eather (pictured) and his wife Joan Eather were found at their home in Morayfield, 45km north of Brisbane, last month

The bodies of Rodney Charles Eather (pictured) and his wife Joan Eather were found at their home in Morayfield, 45km north of Brisbane, last month

Police started investigating the Ballina school teacher on March 21 after being tipped off that a female student was allegedly sexually assaulted between the ages of 13 to 16 between 1981 and 1983. Pictured left: a younger Rodney Charles Eather

Police started investigating the Ballina school teacher on March 21 after being tipped off that a female student was allegedly sexually assaulted between the ages of 13 to 16 between 1981 and 1983. Pictured left: a younger Rodney Charles Eather

Police started investigating the Ballina school teacher on March 21 after being tipped off that a female student was allegedly sexually assaulted between the ages of 13 to 16 between 1981 and 1983. Pictured left: a younger Rodney Charles Eather 

It is believed the husband and wife left a suicide letter at the scene, The Courier Mail reports.

‘Police will prepare a report for the Coroner following the sudden death of a 66-year-old man at Morayfield on May 30,’ a QPS spokeswoman said.

‘His death is not being treated as suspicious.’

Police started investigating the Ballina school teacher on March 21 after being tipped off that a female student was allegedly sexually assaulted between the ages of 13 to 16 between 1981 and 1983.

Mr Eather was granted bail on Thursday in Lismore Local Court to return to his property.

The court heard Mr Eather suffered from several health problems including hypertension and cardiac issues.

Mr Eather had been granted bail on Thursday in Lismore Local Court. He then returned to his property

Mr Eather had been granted bail on Thursday in Lismore Local Court. He then returned to his property

Mr Eather had been granted bail on Thursday in Lismore Local Court. He then returned to his property

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