PERTH: A 25-year-old Perth man was jailed for life for murdering five members of his family, including his three young daughters.
The man becomes the first person in Western Australia to be jailed for life with an order he never be released from prison.
Anthony Robert Harvey admitted responsibility for what is one of WA’s worst mass killings — the murders of his 41-year-old wife Mara, their daughters Charlotte, three, and two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix, and their grandmother Beverley Quinn, 73.
They were all killed at the family’s Bedford home in September last year, with the Supreme Court told Harvey had planned the crimes for days and written in a journal about eliminating his family.
Justice Stephen Hall today sentenced Harvey to life, saying “there is no other case that is truly comparable”.
Mara Harvey was the first to die — she was hit with a piece of pipe when she returned home from her night fill job at a local Coles supermarket and was then stabbed.
Harvey then targeted his daughters, who were stabbed while they were sleeping, with one suffering 38 wounds.
The next morning, when Ms Quinn turned up as usual to help look after the family, she was hit with the pipe and then stabbed.
Harvey stayed in the house for five days with the bodies, which he photographed after covering them with blankets and bunches of flowers.
He wrote letters to the victims, saying he loved them, he was sorry and that he had lost his mind.
Harvey then sold some of his belongings as well as some women’s jewellery and he withdrew money from his wife’s bank account before driving to the Pilbara town of Pannawonica, where his parents lived.
Once there he confessed his crimes to his father. Harvey’s father immediately called the police.