Family Of Five Found Dead At Home In Western Australia - Man Charged With Murder
A man has been charged with murder after the bodies of five people, including a mother and toddlers, were found at a home in Perth, Western Australia.
Twin two-year-old girls, their three-year-old sister, their mother and grandmother were found dead at a house on Sunday after a man, 24, presented himself to police.
The relationship of the man to the victims has not been revealed. He is due to appear in court via video link on Monday,
Australian media named the mother as Mara Quinn, a fly-in fly-out worker - an employee who is flown in temporarily to a remote location for a period of time - for a West Australian mining firm.
Her children were named as Charlotte, 3, and two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix. Ms Quinn's mother was named in reports as Beverley Quinn, 74.
A Facebook profile believed to be Ms Quinn's showed her cradling a newborn in her arms, with a man beside her, and stated that she was engaged in August 2014.
A neighbour told ABC he had returned from a holiday to "silence in the street".
"We noticed that the house next door was pretty quiet, which was unusual," Richard Fairbrother, who lives next door to the family's house, said.
"We could hear and see the kids playing in the backyard quite often."
Other neighbours said the spoke of a shocked community that had been close, calm and peaceful.
While violent crime with multiple victims is rare in the country, this was the second major incident in Western Australia this year.
Seven people were shot and killed in the Margaret River mass shooting in May, while a mother and her two children were murdered in Ellenbrook in July.
Gun crime fell sharply in Australia after strict controls were introduced following the 1996 mass shooting in Tasmania, when lone gunman Martin Bryant killed 35 people.
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