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AustraliaBedford mass murderer Anthony Harvey gets historic sentence for stabbing his family to death

06:50  19 july  2019
06:50  19 july  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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On September 3, 2018, Anthony Harvey stabbed his wife Maria, 41, twins Alice and Beatrix, 2, and Charlotte, 3, at their family home in Bedford . Harvey ’s horrific crimes hadn’t been a snap decision. He had purchased the weapons used to kill his family on August 23 and 29 and had written plans in

Anthony Robert Harvey pleaded guilty to the five murder charges when he appeared in the Stirling Gardens Magistrates The bodies of Ms Harvey and Ms Quinn were found in the kitchen, while the children's bodies were found in other rooms. He is likely to receive life sentences for the murders.


Bedford mass murderer Anthony Harvey gets historic sentence for stabbing his family to death© Supplied Anthony Harvey (top right) murdered five members of his family. Warning: This article contains details that may be distressing to some readers

A 25-year-old Perth man who murdered five members of his family, including his three young daughters, has become the first person in WA to be jailed for life with an order he never be released.

Key points: Anthony Harvey killed his family in a Perth home with knives and blunt instruments He stayed in the house with the bodies for five days after the attacks He then turned himself in at a remote police station in WA's Pilbara 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.

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After allegedly murdering his family , Anthony Harvey went to work as if nothing happened. The sister of Mara Lee Harvey , who was murdered with her mother and three young daughters in their Bedford home in Perth last week, has revealed the harrowing way she found out her family was dead .

If murderers get sentenced to death they will be a lesson to the rest. A murderer caused trauma and pain when killing that person and their families . I don't believe that the death sentence is right because why would we kill people who have killed people to show killing people is wrong?

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".

Harvey stayed in house with bodies 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.

Anthony Harvey's words outlined an unimaginable crime: A father who kills his three girls, his wife and his mother-in-law. Harvey stayed in the house for five days with the bodies, which he photographed after covering them with blankets and bunches of flowers.

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"The Family ," as they became known, was a group of around 100 followers of Charles Manson who shared his passion for an unconventional lifestyle and habitual use of hallucinogenic drugs, such as LSD Susan Atkins was sentenced to death , but her sentence was later commuted to life in prison.

Bedford mass murderer Anthony Harvey gets historic sentence for stabbing his family to death© Facebook: Mara Quinn Harvey stabbed to death his wife Mara Harvey (left), their three children and Mara's mother. Ms Harvey's body had been moved to the children's bedroom, where he said he had arranged the bodies to appear as though she was cuddling the girls, whose favourite toys he placed around them.

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.

"I've done something really wrong Dad … I hurt them all of them," he said.

Harvey's father immediately called the police.

At his sentencing hearing last month, prosecutors argued the murders were so serious Harvey had forfeited any right to a life outside jail.

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But his lawyers said their client's young age, his pleas of guilty and his prospects for rehabilitation meant he should receive a life jail sentence, with a fixed minimum term.

The harshest sentence ever handed down No other person in WA has ever received a "never to be released" sentence — a provision that was introduced under changes to the state's homicide laws in 2008 by the then Labor government.

Before that, the only person who faced the possibility of never being released was William Patrick Mitchell who murdered four members of one family with an axe in the Mid West town of Greenough in 1993.

At one point there was an order that he should never be granted parole, but it was overturned on appeal.

He was then given a life term with a 20-year minimum, which expired in 2013. He applied for release on parole but was refused.

Under the legislation, offenders are eligible to be considered for parole every three years after they have completed their term.

Mitchell's applications have always been refused.

He is next due for parole consideration in September this year.

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