Man, 24, Faces WA Court Over Five Murders
A 24-year-old man has appeared in court charged with five counts of murder after three young girls, their mother and grandmother were found dead in a Perth home.
The bodies of Mara Lee Harvey, aged in her 40s, her three-year-old daughter Charlotte, two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix, and their grandmother Beverley Quinn were found at a Bedford home, in Perth's inner northeast, on Sunday.
Anthony Robert Harvey appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday via video link from Karratha courthouse and was remanded in custody to appear in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court later this month.
It is alleged he killed Ms Quinn on September 4 and the others the day earlier, meaning the bodies of the victims were left undiscovered for almost a week.
A bearded Harvey, who wore jeans and t-shirt, appeared calm as he sat in the dock and told the magistrate he understood the charges.
Harvey turned himself in at Karratha police station, some 1500 kilometres north of Perth in the state's Pilbara region, prompting police to visit the Coode Street home where they discovered the bodies about midday.
Homicide detectives and specialist forensic police continue to comb the home for evidence.
A bouquet of red roses with a card saying "rest in peace, neighbours" has been placed against a light pole near the house.
According to her Facebook page, Mara Harvey became engaged in August 2014 and had her first child in March 2015.
Records show she bought the family's home in 2008.
The case comes after the shooting deaths of three adults and four children, all from the same family, in Osmington in regional WA in May.
A mother and her 15-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son were also killed at Ellenbrook, in Perth's northeast, in July.