A MAN accused of killing three generations of the one family allegedly stayed in the home with their bodies for several days.

Anthony Robert Harvey faced court yesterday charged with five counts of murder after police discovered the bodies of his daughters, twin girls Alice and Beatrix, 2, and Charlotte, 3, his partner Mara, 47, and her mother Beverley Quinn, 74.

Harvey, 24, appeared on video link from Karratha Magistrates Court wearing a T-shirt, jeans and no shoes and has been remanded in custody.

The family of the deceased released a statement via police last night saying they were heartbroken and describing Mrs Harvey as a loving mum.

"There are no words to explain the emptiness and loss that we are feeling," her sister Taryn said. "This world is a sadder place with the loss of these five beautiful people but heaven has gained five new angels."

The court was told the murders of Mrs Harvey and the children allegedly took place on September 3, while their grandmother was allegedly killed the day after.

When magistrate Joe Randazzo asked Mr Harvey if he understood each murder charge, he simply said: "I understand."

A SHOCKING CRIME


Police Commissioner Chris Dawson told media yesterday no gun was used, but "several weapons" were involved.

"What we are alleging a blunt instrument and knives were used," he said.

Commissioner Dawson said the two adults were allegedly killed in the kitchen and the children in other rooms of the house.

Police allege Mr Harvey stayed at the home for a "number of days" before he travelled to the Pilbara region and turned himself into police.

In the past four months, 15 people have died in three separate family tragedies in Western Australia.

"Crimes like this have a devastating impact on family, friends and indeed the wider community," Commissioner Dawson said.

"No matter that most of us did not immediately know this family, there is a sense of shock and indeed even at times anger for what has taken place."

He said he could understand why the community felt affected by the latest "atrocity" and urged anyone who was experiencing any kind of anxiety to contact helplines.