Man Charged After Family, Including Three Children, Found Dead At Perth Home
The 24-year-old man has appeared in court on five counts of murder.
Gruesome details have emerged about the death of a Perth mother, her three young daughters and their grandmother after a 24-year-old man was charged with their murders on Monday.
Anthony Harvey is alleged to have killed his partner Mara Quinn and her three daughters on September 3, as well as the children's grandmother, Beverly Ann Quinn, the following day.
Harvey appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday via video link from Karratha courthouse accused of killing his partner and children.
Police will allege several weapons were used, including a blunt instrument and knives. The two adults were found in the kitchen area and the children in other rooms of the house, W.A. Police Commissioner Chris Dawson told reporters.
"We're alleging Mr Harvey remained at the Coode Street address for several days, we are still working through a number of timelines," he said.
Police discovered the five bodies at a property on the corner of Fort Street and Coode Street about midday on Sunday.
Officers were acting on information from a man who presented himself to a regional Western Australian police station earlier that morning.
Earlier, Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel described the mass killing as a "tragic event".
"It will no doubt have an impact not only the family and friends of the deceased but for the whole of the community, those first responders who are faced with attending a scene with multiple deceased people," Steele said.
Forensic police and the homicide squad are undertaking a "meticulous" investigation of the Bedford crime scene which "could take a number of days".
A police chaplain has been made available to first responders and detectives working on the case.
Maria Manfredini, who lives at the property behind where the incident occurred, said she was shocked by the tragedy.
"It's so calm, so quiet, that something so tragic has taken place is just horrific on every level," she told reporters.
“This is a very close community. It’s always been so calm and peaceful. We never would’ve expected anything like this at all."
Third mass killing in WA this year
It’s the third time this year police in Western Australia have had to attend an horrific crime scene of what appeared to be a mass murder.
In July, a mother and her two children were allegedly murdered at a home in Ellenbrook, in Perth’s north.
Authorities allegedly responded to a call from the woman’s son, Teancum Vernon Peterson-Crofts, at a convenience store, then finding Michelle Peterson and her son Rua dead inside the home. Her daughter Bella was found in a critical condition in the backyard, but later died on the way to hospital.
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A senior homicide detective squad officer told Assistant Commissioner Steele at the time it was “potentially the most horrific crime scene he had ever been called to”.
Peterson-Crofts, 19, was charged with three counts of murder and has been remanded in custody at a secure psychiatric centre ahead of his next court appearance.
In May, the murder-suicide of seven people at a rural property in Osmington, near Margaret River in the state’s south-west, rocked the country.
Katrina Miles, 35, and her four children -- Taye Cockman, 13, Ryan Cockman, 12, Arye Cockman, 10, and Kadyn Cockman, 8 -- were found dead in their beds, while her mother Cynda's body was found in an adjoining property.
Peter Miles, the children’s grandfather, was also found dead from a gunshot wound, with police finding three guns licensed to him on the property.
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