Pictured are Anthony Harvey and his wife Mara, 47, who was found dead alongside the couple’s three daughters and their grandmother inside their home on Sunday
A man has been charged with five counts of murder after a woman, her three daughters and their grandmother were found dead inside their home.
The children’s father, Anthony Harvey, who ran a Jim’s Mowing franchise with his wife Mara, told a neighbour he was struggling financially and felt under pressure to work even when sick to keep the business afloat.
The couple ran the business in Morley, north-east Perth, after previously working for a Sino Steel Pilbara mine.
Neighbour Richard Fairbrother described Mr Harvey as slightly socially awkward and under pressure due to money troubles.
‘There was a couple of times he had been quite ill with the flu and he was having to get up and go to work anyway, he told me,’ Mr Fairbrother told The Australian.
‘He said there was no money coming in unless he was out there.’
Detectives found the bodies of Mara Harvey, 47, her daughter Charlotte, 3, two-year-old twin girls Alice and Beatrix, and her mother Beverley Quinn, 74, in their home in Bedford, Perth, on Sunday.
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The woman found dead alongside her three daughters and the girls’ grandmother has been remembered as a ‘loving mum’ (pictured are Mara and Anthony Harvey)
Detectives found the bodies of Mara Harvey (pictured), 47, her daughters Charlotte, Alice and Beatrix, and her mother Beverley Quinn, 74, in their home in Bedford, Perth, on Sunday
After receiving information from a man in his 20s who attended a police station hundreds of kilometres away, first responders arrived at the home to find the television still on.
Ms Harvey, who owned the property on Coode Street, in the city’s north-east, has been described as ‘unlucky in love’, and her husband Anthony Harvey was 18 years her junior.
The couple lived together in the small brick house, and had daughter Charlotte a year after Mr Harvey proposed in 2014.
Located on a large corner block in the city’s north-east, Ms Harvey bought the modest three-bedroom brick-and-tile home in 2008.
A compact kitchen and large stand-alone outdoor garage can be seen in photos of the home’s interior, along with a covered back patio area facing the lawn.
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.
Ms Harvey (pictured), who owned the property on Coode Street, in the city’s north-east, has been described as ‘unlucky in love’
The couple lived together in the small brick house (pictured is a member of the public laying a flower outside), and had daughter Charlotte a year after Mr Harvey proposed in 2014
The three-bedroom house (pictured) in Bedford, Perth, was the scene of a horrific discovery on Sunday after a man attended a police station hundreds of kilometres away
According to their business website, Mr Harvey previously worked as a fly-in fly-out worker doing cleaning and grounds maintenance.
‘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’.
Facebook group Perth & Districts Multiple Birth Association Inc, of which Ms Harvey was a member, paid tribute to the victims on Monday.
Photographs have emerged from inside the small brick home where a mother, her three young children and their grandmother were found dead (pictured is the kitchen)
A compact kitchen and large stand-alone outdoor garage (pictured) can be seen in the photos, along with a covered back patio area facing the lawn
‘It is with a heavy heart and our deepest condolences that we are informing our community today that one of our own has been taken, in what can only be described as a shocking tragedy,’ they said.
‘News reports today confirm the death of one of our members Mara, her mother, her twin girls Beatrix & Alice and their big sister Charlotte.
‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who know the family & have been touched by this tragedy.’
Rebecca Della, who lives next door with her partner Richard, told Daily Mail Australia there was no sign of anything wrong.
‘Even the week before they seemed happy and cheerful, I never heard them have any fights,’ she said.
The ages of the children and their relationship to the two adult women found at the Bedford address were confirmed on Monday by WA Police
‘They were quiet except for their kids always playing in the backyard, we never expected anything was wrong.’
Ms Della said Richard went over to the house a few times to see Mr Harvey and they seemed happy.
‘I guess it’s always the ones you least expect.’
She wondered if Mr Harvey’s landscaping business had fallen on hard times and caused him stress he was bottling up.
Another neighbour, Doug Robertson, said the family was quiet and kept to themselves.
A member of the public looks on after laying flowers outside a property in Coode Street, Bedford
‘We’re all shocked, no one thought something like this would happen with them.’
Kimberly Shackelton said the area was a safe close-knit neighbourhood where you would never expect violence.
‘They were just a normal, everyday family, she said.
‘You’d think with something like this there would be warning signs but they were so quiet and seemed happy.
‘You’d never see them fight or shout at each other, just those lovely kids playing and running around the front yelling “daddy” as he left for work.
‘Those poor kids, they never got to have a life.’
Homicide detectives and specialist forensic police will on Monday continue to comb the home for evidence and clues to what happened
Horrified local residents said the victims seemed like ‘a normal, happy family’ (pictured is the home on Coode Street)
Police have not said how the women and children died, and it’s still to be determined how long the bodies had been there.
Homicide detectives and specialist forensic police will on Monday continue to comb the home for evidence and clues to what happened after the shocking discovery on Sunday.
‘Depending on the size of that crime scene that will take a period of time, and it could be a number of days,’ Assistant Commissioner Metropolitan Region Paul Steel said.
‘It is a tragic thing when incidents like this occur. It does send a ripple through the community of Western Australia.’
First responders have been offered access to a police chaplain to help them cope with the horrific scene inside the house, which remains sealed off with police tape.
The suspected massacre in a quiet Perth suburb horrified residents who said the victims seemed like ‘a normal, happy family’
The tragedy comes after a 19-year-old man was charged with murdering an eight-year-old boy, a 15-year-old girl and their mother at Ellenbrook in July.
In July, four children and three adults were found dead at a Western Australia property in Osmington, in Australia’s worst mass shooting since the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.
The bodies of Peter Miles, 61, his 58-year-old wife Cynda, their daughter Katrina, 35, and her four autistic children with estranged partner Aaron Cockman – Taye, 13, Rylan, 12, Arye, 10, and Kadyn Cockman, 8 – were found at the Miles residence.
Three firearms were located at the scene belonging to grandfather Peter Miles.
‘It is a tragic thing when incidents like this occur. It does send a ripple through the community of Western Australia,’ said Assistant Commissioner Metropolitan Region Paul Steel (pictured are police at the scene)