Three toddlers among dead in Australia mass killing

Mass killings are rare in Australia, but this appears to be the third such family tragedy to hit Western Australia state in recent months.

Published: 10th September 2018 08:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th September 2018 08:35 AM   |  A+A-

gun, weapon, murder, shooting, vedi vekkunna padam

Image used for representational purpose only. (Photo |EPS)


PERTH: The bodies of three pre-school girls were among five people found dead at an Australian suburban home, authorities confirmed Monday -- as new details emerged of a grizzly multiple killing that has shocked the country.

Police found the remains of the toddlers, as well as those of their mother and grandmother at an unassuming detached family home near the south-western city of Perth.

The discovery came after a man, aged in his 20s, visited a regional police station earlier Sunday, investigators said.

Western Australia police said Monday the "five people killed were twin two-year-old girls, a three and a half-year-old girl, their mother and grandmother".

"The man currently assisting police remains in custody, no charges have been laid at this time."

No further details about when and how they were killed, or the family's relationship with the man, were released.

A neighbour told national broadcaster ABC he had returned from a holiday to "silence in the street".

"We noticed that the house next door was pretty quiet, which was unusual, being that they had the young kids," Richard Fairbrother, who lives next door to the family's house, said.

"We had some friends staying here who have also mentioned that they didn't see or hear anybody next door for the week that we were away... we could hear and see the kids playing in the backyard quite often."

Other neighbours spoke of a community that was close, calm and peaceful.

Mass killings are rare in Australia, but this appears to be the third such family tragedy to hit Western Australia state in recent months.

In July a man allegedly killed his mother and two siblings. A grandfather shot dead his wife, daughter and her four children in a murder-suicide in May.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp