A father of three young girls who allegedly murdered them, his wife and mother-in-law showed no signs of financial or emotional problems, his franchisor says.
Anthony Robert Harvey, 24, is accused of using a blunt instrument and knives to kill his daughters – three-year-old Charlotte and two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix – as well as his wife Mara, 41, and mother-in-law Beverley Ann Quinn, 73, at a Bedford home in Perth.
Harvey, who ran a Jim’s Mowing franchise, allegedly remained at the house for days before travelling about 1500km north to the Pilbara region, then turned himself in to police.
Jim’s Group managing director Jim Penman said the franchising community was devastated.
“The deaths are all the more shocking in that Anthony was a well-respected and well-liked franchisee who had given no hint of financial or emotional problems in the many contacts we had with him over the past few months,” Mr Penman said on Tuesday.
“The only suggestion of trouble was his failure on several occasions to respond to phone calls, made as part of our effort to keep in regular contact with franchisees.”
Mr Penman said Jim’s Group would consider tightening requirements for franchisees to keep in regular contact.
“We will do everything we can to prevent such a horrifying event from ever happening again,” he said.
Police told AAP on Tuesday the bodies had been removed from the house.
Commissioner Chris Dawson also confirmed Harvey had been brought back to Perth after making an appearance in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday via video link from Karratha courthouse.
It is the third family mass murder in WA in four months, and the second involving three generations of relatives.
A grandfather shot his wife, daughter and her four children before taking his own life at a farm in Osmington, near Margaret River, in May.
Just over two months later, a 19-year-old man allegedly murdered his mother, sister and brother in Ellenbrook, in Perth’s northeast.
The three tragedies represent 15 of 23 domestic violence-related deaths in WA this year.
“We are giving as much attention as we can in the prevention of family violence,” Mr Dawson told reporters.
“It is not and cannot be done solely by police. This is a whole of community response.”
Mr Dawson said domestic violence was often contained within a home and sometimes authorities were unaware of the situation.
“We want people to come forward and tell us, and talk to the appropriate authorities and organisations,” he said.
WA Premier Mark McGowan also urged anyone with mental health or domestic violence concerns to seek help.
“Every West Australian would feel particularly for those innocent victims, and the trauma and the terror that they would have gone through,” he told reporters.
“It’s incomprehensible and no one can really fathom how these sorts of things occur and why they occur.”
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