Supreme Court sentences Australian dad for killing daughters, wife, grandmom

Australia on map [Photo credit: Operation World]
Australia on map [Photo credit: Operation World]

An Australian Supreme Court on Friday sentenced a 25-year-old man, Anthony Harvey, who admitted to killing his three young daughters, twin, two-year-old and three-year-old with their mother and grandmother, to life imprisonment.

The people were found dead inside their home in suburban Perth in September 2018, after Mr Harvey, walked into a police station in the Pilbara region and reported himself.

Supreme Court Justice, Stephen Hall, held that Mr Harvey’s crimes were exceptionally horrific and sentenced him to life in prison.

Mr Hall said Mr Harvey was the first person in Western Australia that will never be released from jail, a provision that was introduced to the state’s homicide laws in 2008.

“There is no other case that is truly comparable,’’ the judge said, as the women were unsuspecting, while the children were asleep before they were horribly murdered.

However, Mr Harvey had written in a journal about embracing his “darkness and animal instincts and eliminating’’ his family.

“I am no psycho. I feel too much, I always have, I will regret what I do’’ he wrote, according to Australian news agency AAP.

Mr Hall said the journal entries were “not a mere record of dark fantasies’’ and added that Mr Harvey had planned the murder for days.

(dpa/NAN)

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