DAD CHARGED WITH MURDER: ‘Blunt’ weapon and ‘knives used’
CHILLING details have been revealed in court of the deaths of three generations of the one family who were dead inside a suburban Perth for a week.
Their accused killer, Anthony Robert Harvey, faced court charged with five counts of murder after police discovered the bodies of his daughters, twin two-year-old girls Alice and Beatrix, three-year-old Charlotte, his partner Mara and her mother Beverley Quinn.
Mr Harvey, 24, who police alleged remained in the home for five days with the bodies, appeared on video link from Karratha Magistrates Court wearing a T-shirt, jeans and no shoes.
It came as family of the deceased released a statement talking of their heartbreak, describing Mrs Harvey as a loving mum.
"There are no words to explain the emptiness and loss that we are feeling," her sister Taryn said.
"This world is a sadder place with the loss of these five beautiful people but heaven has gained five new angels.".
Earlier today, a court was told the murders of Mrs Harvey and the children allegedly took place on September 3, while their grandmother was allegedly killed the next day on September 4.
When magistrate Joe Randazzo asked Mr Harvey if he understood each murder charge he simply said "I understand".
A SHOCKING CRIME
Police commissioner Chris Dawson told media this afternoon police will allege no gun was used, but "several weapons" were involved.
"What we are alleging a blunt instrument and knives were used," he said.
Commissioner Dawson said the two adults were allegedly killed in the kitchen and the children in other rooms of the house.
Police allege Mr Harvey stayed at the home for a "number of days" before he turned himself into police.
In the last four months 15 people had died in three separate family tragedies in the state.
"Crimes like this have a devastating impact on family, friends and indeed the wider community," Commissioner Dawson said.
"No matter that most of us did not immediately know this family, there is a sense of shock and indeed even at times anger for what has taken place."
He said he could understand why West Australia felt affected by the latest "atrocity" and urged anyone who was experiencing any kind of anxiety to contact helplines.
Harvey surrendered himself to Pannawonica police station yesterday afternoon, a town more than 15 hours north of the Perth suburb of Bedford where the family was found.
FAMILY PAYS TRIBUTE
In an emotional statement issued via police, Mrs Harvey's sister Taryn thanked the public for their well wishes during a "dark and difficult time".
"Beverley was a kind hearted, caring mother and grandmother and was always there for her family," she said.
"She was very much family orientated and she loved her daughters and grandchildren, and would have done anything for them.
"Mara loved being a mum and she loved her girls. She was so proud of each of them and was doing a great job of raising them. Her girls were her world.
"Charlotte was an energetic, bubbly confident little girl who loved people and loved socialising. Alice was outgoing, adventurous and cheeky, while Beatrix was at times a little bit more quiet but gave the biggest hugs."
MURDER MOTIVE UNCLEAR
A number of neighbours confirmed to news.com.au Ms Quinn was employed as a fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) worker for a West Australian mining company.
The town in the state's mining region of Pilbara is a busy, temporary base for workers employed in the sector.
It's believed Harvey gave Pannawonica police officers information about the family, which led investigators in Perth to attend the Coode Street home.
Police declined to explain what Harvey said to lead them to the scene.
WA Police told news.com.au he spent the night being interviewed by detectives and was helping them with their inquiries.
According to WA Today, Mara Quinn, 47, lived in the Bedford home with Harvey. The grandmother was 74.
In August 2014, Ms Quinn took to social media to announce she was newly engaged. Her first daughter was born about six months later.
'IT'S JUST AWFUL': NEIGHBOURS DISTRAUGHT
Distraught neighbours have spoken about the family and how they hadn't been seen in recent days.
The street, normally filled with the laughter of the three girls, has been eerily quiet.
Nearby neighbour Doug Roberston told news.com.au he often heard the girls playing.
"Who would want to hurt little children,?" Mr Robertson said. "I just don't understand it."
"I didn't see the kids but I could hear them playing. I just can't believe this has happened."
Alfie Campos, who lives behind the family's house, described the horrific situation as like living in "a bad dream".
"You wake up in the morning and it seems like some weird dream, but it is reality," Mr Campos told news.com.au. "It's just awful."
Mr Campos said the family were very warm and friendly.
"I would always see the kids playing and I would shout out hello to them," he said.
"The grandma was there every single day helping out and the dad had some lawn mowing business and was always in and out.
"They have lived here for about four years and were always very friendly."
As police continue to comb through the scene for evidence, Mr Campos said he was planning a holiday to escape the tragedy.
"My son was going away and he told me to come along," he said. "I need to get away because it's all in my head now."
Kimberly Shackelton told news.com.au she was shocked something so horrible could happen in her suburb.
"This is just a quiet ordinary suburb," she said.
"Nothing much happens here so I am very shocked.
"You never heard any noise from the house - it was all very quiet".
Another neighbour who lives across the road from the family said the kids were "happy".
"It's so, so sad," she told news.com.au.
"They were very happy kids. They used to wave at me a lot and I would wave back."
Neighbours also spoke about the grandmother, Beverley Quinn, who was often at her daughter's house helping out with the three girls.
"I think the mother was a FIFO worker so the grandmother was always over there helping," the neighbour said.
"I would see her gardening and helping with the kids. I'm just so shocked."
Next-door neighbour Richard Fairbrother told the ABC he'd been away and hadn't seen the family for more than a week.
"We've just been on a holiday and came back yesterday (Saturday) to silence in the street," Mr Fairbrother said.
"We noticed that the house next door was pretty quiet, which was unusual, being that they had the young kids.
"We had some friends staying here who have also mentioned that they didn't see or hear anybody next door for the week that we were away."
Mr Fairbrother said the three children played in the front and back yards so often he'd even warned his visitors about the noise.
"We had mentioned to our friends that were staying that there was likely to be some noise from the kids next door, and they were a little surprised that there wasn't noise from the kids next door," he said.
"We'd been around to their house once or twice, and vice versa. It's just terrible to hear, terrible."
Another neighbour told WA Today she didn't know the home's occupants personally, but would often wave and say hello as she walked past.
"It's taken us by complete shock," she said. "It's just horrific on every level."
Neighbour Vagner de Souza told the ABC he regularly saw a family in the house's yard.
"Just a normal family, you would never imagine anything like that happening," Mr de Souza said.
It's not known how long the bodies had been in the house.
THREE HOME MASSACRES IN FOUR MONTHS
Assistant commissioner Paul Steel said the West Australian home massacre, the third of its kind in less than four months, had hit the state hard.
"This is a tragic event and 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," Mr Steel told reporters yesterday.
"It does send a ripple through the community of Western Australia."
He said specialist forensic police would investigate the scene, which was still at a "very early stage".
"We are three hours into this investigation, I have no further detail in relation to those who are present at the location," he said.
"There are no ongoing concerns for public safety as a result of this incident," a police spokeswoman said.
Forensic police have been at the house, combing over the scene, since yesterday afternoon.
A number of police cars, homicide squad officers and forensic police were at the house, blocking the road off at the Coode and Beaufort Street intersection for much of the night.
The incident comes just months after seven people were murdered at a home in Margaret River.
In May, a family was murdered on a rural property in Osmington, on the outskirts of the tourist town.
The deaths of Katrina Miles, her parents Cynda and Peter, and children Taye, Rylan, Arye and Kadyn, were described as Australia's worst mass shooting since the Port Arthur massacre.
And in July, less than a 30 minute drive from Bedford and yesterday's tragedy, a teenage boy allegedly killed his mother and two siblings in their Ellenbrook home.
Teancum Petersen-Crofts was charged with murdering his mother Michelle, his 15-year-old sister Bella and his eight-year-old brother Rua.
Ms Peterson and Rua were found dead inside their Brixton Crescent home and Bella managed to make it into the backyard of the house but later died of her injuries.
According to domestic violence group the Red Heart Campaign, the deaths of the Bedford family are the 52nd and 53rd women killed in Australia this year.
The three children are the 16th, 17th and 18th kids to die in 2018.