Anthony Robert Harvey has been charged with five counts of murder after he handed himself into police and leading them to the bodies of daughters, Alice and Beatrix, two, Charlotte, three, wife, Mara, 47, and mother-in-law, Beverly, 74.
The court heard that the murders of his wife and children allegedly took place on September 3, while Ms Quinn allegedly died the following day, reports News Corp.
Police allege that Mr Harvey stayed at home for a number of days before turning himself into police 1400km from the crime scene on September 9.
“There are no words to explain the emptiness and loss that we are feeling,” Mrs Harvey’s sister Taryn said in a statement via police. “This world is a sadder place with the loss of these five beautiful people but heaven has gained five new angels.”
“Mara loved being a mum and she loved her girls,” the statement continued. “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.”
“Beverley was a kind-hearted, caring mother and grandmother and was always there for her family,” she added.
Neighbours have spoken of how they would often see the children playing in the front yard, and described them as a “normal family”.
“Just a normal family, you would never imagine anything like that happening,” Neighbour Vagner de Souza told the ABC.
15 people have died from domestic tragedies in the past four months in Western Australia.
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