Man (24) charged with murder over Bedford deaths

Police on Coode Street near the scene of the Bedford deaths. Picture: Kristie Lim.
Police on Coode Street near the scene of the Bedford deaths. Picture: Kristie Lim.

POLICE have charged a 24-year-old man from Bedford with five counts of murder over the deaths of two women and three children.

The bodies of twin two-year-old girls, a three-and-a-half-year-old girl, their mother and their grandmother were all found in a Coode Street, Bedford property yesterday.

WA Police Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel told reporters yesterday that a man in his 20s had turned himself in at a regional police station earlier in the day.

Forensic police remain at the scene in Coode Street.

Richard Fairbrother lives next door and is one of the neighbours who have spoken of their shock at the tragedy.

“It is a terrible, terrible tragedy for the family,” he said.

“It is sad for the community, it is sad for a lot of people who knew the family but it just can’t be understated how terrible it is for the family.

“I have been to their house a couple of times, they have been to ours a couple of times…and yeah, you get to know them a little bit.

“More than anything, we knew them from sharing the backyard.

“The kids’ ball will fly into our yard all the time and we’d be throwing it back.

“I’ve spoken to our neighbours…at this stage, it is more shock than anything else because people are still trying to get the full story as to what actually has happened here.”