A father has faced a court accused of murdering his three daughters, his wife and his mother-in-law in a house in Perth, days before making himself known to the police.
The bodies of Mara Lee Harvey, 41, her three-year-old daughter Charlotte, two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix, and her grandmother Beverley Ann Quinn, 73, were found in a house in Bedford, in the northeast of Perth, on Sunday.
Five bodies found dead at home in Perth
Anthony Robert Harvey, 24, appeared in the Magistrates Court in Perth on Monday through a video of the Karratha court charged with killing his wife and children on September 3, six days before their bodies were discovered.
He allegedly killed Ms. Quinn on the morning of September 4 when she arrived at the house.
Apparently, the women were attacked in the kitchen, while the children were killed in other rooms.
Police also claim that Harvey was left with the bodies in the house for "a few days" before traveling north.
A bearded Harvey, wearing jeans and a T-shirt, seemed calm while sitting on the bench and told Justice Joe Randazzo that he understood the charges.
Attorney Max Crispe represented Harvey by telephone but did not submit an application.
Harvey was not required to submit an order and was remanded to appear in the Magistrates Court of Stirling Gardens later this month.
In a statement, the family said there were no words to describe its "emptiness and loss."
Ms. Quinn was remembered as kind and always to her family, while Mrs. Harvey loved being a mother.
Charlotte was described as an energetic and self-confident girl who loved to socialize, while Alice was adventurous and daring, and Beatrix gave the biggest hugs.
"This world is a sadder place with the loss of these five beautiful people, but Heaven has won five new angels," the family said.
A bouquet of red roses with a card that said "rest in peace, neighbors" was placed against a lamppost near the house.
The case follows the shooting deaths of three adults and four children, all from the same family, in Osmington in WA regional in May.
A mother and her 15-year-old daughter and her eight-year-old son also died in Ellenbrook, northeast of Perth, in July.
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