Dad arrested for allegedly killing his three kids, wife and mother-in-law
A father of three has been arrested after allegedly killing his children, wife and mother-in-law.
Anthony Harvey (24), from Perth in Australia, appeared in court after police found the bodies of his daughters, twins Alice and Beatrix (2) and Charlotte (3), his wife Mara (47) and her mother Beverley Quinn (74) in their home on Sunday 9 August, The Sun reports.
Anthony, a former mine worker, turned himself in to the police a week after the murders.
The 24-year old man appeared at the Karratha magistrates’ court via a video link. According to reports he showed no emotion and stared at the ground throughout the proceedings.
The court was told Mara Harvey and the children were allegedly killed on 3 September while their grandmother was murdered the following day.
When asked in court if he understood each of the five murder charges, the accused told magistrate Joe Randazzo he “understands”.
Western Australian police commissioner Chris Dawson told the media “several weapons” were used including blunt instruments and knives, but no gun, The Guardian reports.
The women were allegedly murdered in the kitchen and the children in another bedroom in the house.
Police say the alleged murderer stayed in the house for a few days before travelling north.
Harvey’s lawyer, Max Crispe, has made no applications.
Harvey hasn’t been allowed to enter a plea and is being kept in custody. He’s set to appear in Stirling Gardens magistrates’ court later this month.
The Western Australian police say he “spent the night being interviewed by detectives and was helping them with their inquiries”, News.com reports.
In a statement to the police the family of the deceased said, “There are no words to explain the emptiness and loss that we are feeling.
“This world is a sadder place with the loss of these five beautiful people but heaven has gained five new angels.
“Beverley was a kindhearted, caring mother and grandmother and was always there for her family. She was very much family-orientated and she loved her daughters and grandchildren, and would have done anything for them.
“Mara loved being a mom 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 quieter but gave the biggest hugs.”
The motive for the murders are still unclear.