No Sign Murdered Perth Family Was In Danger
A Perth father accused of murdering his three daughters, wife and mother-in-law showed no warning signs that his family was in danger and their deaths are unfathomable, relatives say.
Anthony Robert Harvey, 24, allegedly used a blunt instrument and knives to kill three-year-old Charlotte, two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix, his wife Mara Lee Harvey, 41, and mother-in-law Beverley Ann Quinn, 73, at a Bedford home in Perth.
Brother-in-law Alan Tottman on Thursday said that there was never any indication Ms Harvey was in danger.
"It's just a very raw time, it's just unfathomable," he said.
"We can't come to terms with what's happened, we don't know why it's happened.
"There was no indication of trouble, problems."
Harvey, who ran a Jim's Mowing franchise, gave no hint of financial or emotional problems over the past few months, Jim's Group managing director Jim Penman similarly said earlier this week.
Mr Tottman and his wife Taryn said the family would never recover from their loss.
"This will be forever. Time will heal certain pain but this will just go on forever," he said.
Ms Tottman said the last time she saw her older sister was on August 27 at a funeral and she seemed fine.
She found out about the five deaths via the television, saying part of her "didn't think it was real".
Ms Tottman said her two youngest children did not understand what had happened but her son understood some of it.
"There's only a certain amount he understands, so his innocence makes it easier," she said.
"He didn't want to go to grandma's anymore, he didn't like it because she's not there."
The couple also thanked the community for their support.
"Complete strangers have been amazing, overwhelming. My mum would have been humbled," Ms Tottman said.
"Everybody has been so supportive and so encouraging ... it's nice to know people care."
Police say Harvey stayed in the house for days after the alleged murders before travelling about 1500km north, then turned himself in on Sunday.
A GoFundMe page has so far raised more than $18,000 for the family's funerals.
It is the third family mass murder in WA in four months, representing 15 of 23 domestic violence-related deaths in the state this year.
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