3 toddlers among dead in Australia mass killing

A man turned himself into police on Sunday and is currently assisting with enquiries

A man turned himself into police on Sunday and is currently assisting with enquiries

A police officer stands outside a property where five people were found dead in a suburb of Perth, Australia, September 9, 2018.

Anthony Robert Harvey, 24, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court via videolink from Karratha, where he is now being held in police custody.

The man went to a police station in Karratha, some 1500kms from the Perth, and sent police to the Coode Street property where the bodies were discovered.

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.

Three toddlers, including twin 2-year-olds, are among the five people found dead at the weekend inside a western Australia home, police said Monday.

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Australian media named the mother as Mara Quinn, a fly-in fly-out worker - an employee who is flown in temporarily to a remote location for a period of time - for a West Australian mining firm.

The man, who has now been charged, is known to the victims but police have not revealed what he told officers.

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According to her Facebook page, Mara Harvey became engaged in August 2014 and the couple had their first child in March 2015.

A real estate listing showed a modest three-bedroom house and a standalone garage. "So (when they got together) it was like "yay, now she gets to start a family".

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An elderly man who has lived in the neighbourhood for decades said it was usually tranquil.

"We had some friends staying here who have also mentioned that they didn't see or hear anybody next door for the week that we were away. we could hear and see the kids playing in the backyard quite often".

Other neighbours said the spoke of a shocked community that had been close, calm and peaceful.

Violent crime with multiple victims is rare in Australia but this was the third incident involving several members of a family in Western Australia this year.

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