Police say 5 found dead in Australian home, man in custody

Police are conducting a thorough and proper investigation to determine what events led to this matter

Police are conducting a thorough and proper investigation to determine what events led to this matter

A 24-year-old man has been charged with five counts of murder after two-year-old twin girls, their three-year-old sister, mother and grandmother were found dead in a Perth home.

Officers discovered the bodies of two women and three young children in a house in Bedford on Sunday afternoon at 12pm local time.

Western Australia Police Force said they had taken a man in his 20s into custody, adding there is no danger to the wider public as a result of the incident.

At the time of the statement, the Homicide Squad and teams of detectives were on ground, accompanied by specialist forensic police.

Police said it remained unclear how long the bodies of the five had remained in the house before discovery, but have since confirmed first responders would have access to a WA Police chaplain in order to deal with what they found.

The bodies were found at an address on Coode Street, Bedford after a man attended a regional Western Australian Police station on Sunday morning.

While violent crime with multiple victims is rare in the country, this was the second major incident in Western Australia this year. Police refused to say what the man told them - or how he was known to the victims.

Neighbors said a young family lived in the home and an older woman had frequently visited.

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Investigators are now searching the home for evidence, and police could not provide any further details on the victims.

Ms Harvey and Mr Harvey both used to work for a Sino Steel Pilbara mine, and Ms Harvey sold some of her properties to help her partner start up a business.

'They just seemed like a normal family, you would never imagine anything like this happening here, ' Mr D'Souza said. "It is safe, we have grown up all our lives and this is just so sad and horrific".

"It's horrid to think that in such a lovely area, that's calm and so quiet, that something so tragic has taken place", she said.

"It's taken us by complete shock", she said. No charges had been laid by late last night.

The home is still sealed off with police tape, and investigations are still ongoing.

Just two months ago, an Ellenbrook mother and her two children were also found dead inside their suburban home.

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