Kill ac­cused ‘did not mow lawns’

The Sunday Times - - News - JOHN FLINT

THE boss of Jim’s Mow­ing has scotched re­ports that An­thony Robert Harvey mowed two cus­tomers’ lawns af­ter al­legedly killing his fam­ily.

Jim Pen­man, who runs the fran­chis­ing em­pire, is be­wil­dered by the hor­rific events that led to his Perth fran­chisee be­ing charged with mur­der­ing his wife, three young chil­dren and mother-in-law at a house in Bed­ford.

But he was keen to cor­rect in­ac­cu­rate on­line re­ports that claimed

Mr Harvey, 24, car­ried on work­ing af­ter al­legedly com­mit­ting the crimes on Septem­ber 3 and 4.

Mr Pen­man in­sisted Mr Harvey was get­ting plenty of work and wasn’t be­hind with fee pay­ments to his fran­chisor.

Mr Harvey and his wife Mara, pic­tured, bought the lawn mow­ing fran­chise for the “Mor­ley South” area in 2015. They started op­er­at­ing in Septem­ber that year. Po­lice al­lege Mr Harvey mur­dered Mara, his three­year-old daugh­ter Char­lotte, and two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix on Septem­ber 3 — a day af­ter Fa­ther’s Day — be­fore killing his wife’s mother, Bev­er­ley Quinn, 73, the next day when she turned up at the Coode Street house. Mrs Harvey didn’t get home from her evening job at Coles su­per­mar­ket un­til about 11pm on Septem­ber 3.

Po­lice al­lege Mr Harvey stayed in the house for days be­fore trav­el­ling about 1500km north to Pan­na­won­ica, where his par­ents live.

He then turned him­self in at the po­lice sta­tion there.

Po­lice dis­cov­ered the five bod­ies in the Coode Street home last Sun­day.

Mr Harvey is due to next ap­pear in court on Wed­nes­day.

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