Western Australia Police have formally charged a 24-year-old man with five counts of murder, following the discovery of five bodies – including children – inside a home in suburban Perth over the weekend.

Police attended the scene on Sunday after a man attended a rural WA police station. There, they found the bodies of Mara Lee Quinn, her twin two-year-olds Alice and Beatrix, her three-and-a-half year old daughter Charlotte, and her mother.

The identity of the 24-year-old charged with the murders has not yet been released by WA Police.

The man presented to police yesterday and spent last night in custody before being formally charged this afternoon. He will appear in Perth Magistrates Court later today via video link from the Karratha Magistrates Court, which is in the Pilbarra region of northern WA.

Police remain on the scene at the house – at an address on Coode Street in Bedford – as investigations continue into the shocking events. WA Police Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel labelled the incident as “tragic not only for the family and the friends, it is also tragic for those first responders who are forced to attend such scenes,” and noted that “It does send a ripple through the community of Western Australia.

It’s believed the man charged was known to the victims, however the nature of his relationship with them has not yet been confirmed by Police officials.

The investigation into the deaths remains on-going.

Source: ABC News
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