A DAD has been charged with multiple murders after allegedly killing his three kids, wife and mother-in-law in a horror crime which has rocked Australia.
Anthony Harvey appeared in court after cops found the butchered bodies of twin two-year-old girls Alice and Beatrix, three-year-old Charlotte, Mara, 47, and her mother Beverley Quinn who was 74.
Reports say the former mine worker only turned himself into the police after "leaving their bodies to rot for a week" inside the family home in Bedford, Perth.
The 24-year-old appeared via video link from Karratha Magistrates Court wearing a t-shirt, jeans and no shoes. He stared at the ground and showed no emotion while on video.
The court was told the murders of Mara Harvey and the children allegedly took place on September 3. Their grandmother is reported to have been killed the following day.
When magistrate Joe Randazzo asked the accused if he understood each of the five murder charges he simply said “I understand”.
Local police commissioner Chris Dawson told media this afternoon police will allege no gun was used but “several weapons”.
“What we are alleging is a blunt instrument and knives were used,” he said.
Commissioner Dawson said the two adults were allegedly killed in the kitchen and the children allegedly in other rooms of the house.
He said they were alleging Mrs Quinn was murdered the following morning when she arrived at the family home.
Dawson said Harvey stayed at the home for a “number of days” before he turned himself into police.
Harvey surrendered himself to Karratha police station yesterday afternoon, a town more than 15 hours north of where the family was found.
A number of neighbours confirmed Mara was employed as a fly-in-fly-out worker for a West Australian mining company.
Karratha, in the state’s mining region of Pilbara, is a busy, temporary base for workers employed in the sector.
It’s believed Harvey gave Karratha police officers information about the family, which led officers in Perth to attend the Coode St home.
WA Police told news.com.au he spent the night being interviewed by detectives and was helping them with their inquiries.
In August 2014, Mara took to social media to announce she was newly engaged. Her first daughter was born about six months later.
Ms Harvey, who owned the property on Coode Street, in the city's north-east, has been described as "unlucky in love".
Both had worked for a Sino Steel Pilbara mine, and Mr Harvey then started his own business using income generated from the sales of some of Ms Harvey's properties.'
"She was pretty unlucky in love before she met him," a friend told WA Today. "So (when she met Mr Harvey) it was like "Yay, now she gets to start a family".
Another friend said she was a loving mother, a "beautiful person' and a hardworking "go-getter".
The street and house were still cordoned off this morning with police forensic teams saying it would take them at least three days to investigate the scene.
The house is less than 500m away from John Forrest Secondary College, Chisolm Catholic College and Hillcrest Primary School.
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,” he told reporters yesterday.