WA Police Commissioner: ‘several weapons’ used in Bedford deaths

Flowers left at the Coode Street home. Photo: David Baylis.
Flowers left at the Coode Street home. Photo: David Baylis.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said police believe no firearms were used in the killing of a Bedford family, but they allege “several weapons” were used.

Police today (September 10) charged Anthony Robert Harvey with murdering his wife Mara Lee Harvey (41), twins Beatrix May Harvey (2) and Alice Ester Harvey (2), and Charlotte Kate Harvey (3) on September 3.

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He is also accused of murdering grandmother Beverly Ann Quinn (74) on September 4.

Commissioner Dawson alleged Mrs Quinn was murdered when she arrived at the home early on Monday, September 4.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson. Photo: Kristie Lim

The Commissioner said they also believed Mr Harvey remained at the property for several days before making his way to Pannawonica.

He presented at the Pannawonica police station on Sunday.

“We’re not alleging that any firearm was used – we’re alleging that several weapons were used,” Commissioner Dawson said.

“We’re alleging that a blunt instrument and knives were used.”

Police claim the two adults were attacked in the kitchen and the two children in other rooms of the house.

“Crimes like this have a devastating impact on family, friends, neighbours and the wider community,” Commissioner Dawson said.

“There’s a sense of shock, and indeed even at times anger.”

Commissioner Dawson described the matter as a terrible tragedy.

“Our condolences go to the family and friends of this family who must be suffering immeasurable grief and disbelief at events from the weekend,” Mr Dawson said.

“This is the third tragedy involving multiple deaths in a family home since May. Further, to date 23 people have died in family related homicides so far this year.”

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