Man accused of killing wife, toddlers in Australia home

PERTH: A 24-year-old man has been accused of killing his wife, three young children and mother-in-law with a blunt instrument and knives in their suburban family home, where he remained for days before turning himself in, Australian police said yesterday.

Police charged Anthony Robert Harvey with the murders of his two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix, his three-year-old daughter Charlotte and his 41-year-old wife Mara in the city of Perth.

Harvey, who lived in the home, is also alleged to have killed his mother-in-law Beverly Quinn, 73, at the same address the next day.

Western Australia Police Commissioner Chris Dawson told reporters no firearms were used in the attacks, which police believe were carried out with weapons including "a blunt instrument and knives".

Police found the bodies after Harvey walked into a police station in a remote mining area some 1,500km north of the city on Sunday - a week after their deaths. He is believed to have remained at the house for "some days".

A Facebook profile believed to be Ms Mara Quinn's showed her cradling a newborn in her arms, with a man reported to be Harvey beside her, and stated that she was engaged in August 2014.

A neighbour earlier told the ABC he had returned from a holiday to "silence in the street".

"We noticed the house next door was pretty quiet, which was unusual," said Mr Richard Fairbrother, who lives next door to the family's house.

"We could hear and see the kids playing in the backyard quite often."

Harvey is expected to return to court on Sept 19. - AFP