John Edwards, with Sharon Edwards.
John Edwards, with Sharon Edwards.

Estranged husband of Sharon Edwards jailed

THE estranged husband of missing Grafton woman Sharon Edwards has been jailed for firearms offences after police uncovered his gun stash.

In April, less than a month after Mrs Edwards' disappearance, John Edwards handed over a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun to Grafton police and told them he had hidden firearms around Grafton.   

As reported by AAP, the former primary school teacher directed police to two other firearms, a sawn-off bolt action rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and 70 shotgun shells hidden in bushland and near waterways around Grafton.   

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He was charged with multiple unregistered firearm offences and ammunition possession, and sentenced to 12 months jail on Friday in Grafton District Court.   With a non-parole period of three months, he will be eligible for parole in December.  

Coutts Crossing Public School teacher Sharon Edwards, 54, was last seen between 10-11pm on Saturday, March 14 at the Good Intent Hotel in South Grafton.  

She was reported missing after she failed to show up to work the following Monday.   Her red Holden Cruze was found parked in the driveway of her Riverdale Ct home in Grafton, and the clothes she wore on the night she went missing were found in the laundry.  

Officers have since revealed they believe her movements may have taken her towards Lawrence in the early hours of March 15.   Anyone with information is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.