Man who killed his daughters, wife and mother-in-law to die in jail

A judge has ruled Anthony Robert Harvey will never be released

It’s the first time the sentence has been given in WA

A man who killed his wife, three young children and mother-in-law has been handed a life sentence without parole.

Anthony Robert Harvey, 25, murdered his two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix, their sister three-year-old Charlotte, their mum Mara Lee Harvey, 41, and his mother-in-law Beverley Ann Quinn, 73, in September last year.

Harvey used blunt objects and knives to slaughter his unsuspecting family in their home in Bedford, Perth, on September 3 before killing Beverley the following morning when she came to visit her granddaughters.

WA Supreme Court heard Harvey lived with the bodies for five days before he eventually handed himself in to police.



Antony Harvey
(Credit: Facebook)
(Credit: Facebook)

Although he appeared in family photos as a loving father, he in fact harboured resentment towards his small daughters.

He wrote in diaries about wanting to ‘eliminate’ his family, which Justice Stephen Hall found to be proof the killings were planned.

The children were attacked as they slept.

‘This is the place they should have been safest,’ Justice Hall said. ‘They should have been able to trust their father to protect them.’

Sentencing Harvey to life in prison with no chance of ever being released, Justice Hall said the case was not ‘truly comparable’ with any others.

‘Your actions were so far beyond the bounds…they would instill horror and revulsion in the most hardened of people,’ he told Harvey.

The lawn-mower service franchisee is the first person in Western Australia to be sentenced to die behind bars.

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