Neigh­bour­hood tragedy

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim and David Johns

NEIGH­BOURS have spo­ken about the “shock­ing” Bedford tragedy, where five peo­ple span­ning three gen­er­a­tions were found dead in a Coode Street home.

Po­lice re­vealed yes­ter­day the ages and gen­ders of the vic­tims in the homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The bod­ies of Mara Quinn, her two-year-old twins Beatrix and Alice and three-year-old Char­lotte and mother Bev­er­ley Quinn were all found in the Coode Street prop­erty on Sun­day.

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Paul Steel told re­porters on Sun­day that a man in his 20s at­tended a re­gional po­lice sta­tion ear­lier in the day.

The in­for­ma­tion the man gave po­lice there led them to the Bedford prop­erty, where they found the vic­tims. The man re­mains in po­lice cus­tody, but no charges had been laid Mon­day morn­ing.

Foren­sic po­lice were still on the scene yes­ter­day when the Re­porter went to press.

Richard Fair­brother lives next door and is one of the neigh­bours who has spo­ken of their shock at the tragedy.

“It is a ter­ri­ble, ter­ri­ble tragedy for the fam­ily,” he said.

“It is sad for the com­mu­nity, it is sad for a lot of peo­ple who knew the fam­ily but it just can’t be un­der­stated how ter­ri­ble it is for the fam­ily.”

Mr Fair­brother said he un­der­stood the fam­ily may have been killed “some­time in the last week” but he had been over­seas at the time.

“I have been to their house a cou­ple of times, they have been to ours a cou­ple of times and yeah, you get to know them a lit­tle bit,” he said.

“More than any­thing, we knew them from shar­ing the back­yard.

“The kids’ ball will fly into our yard all the time and we’d be throw­ing it back. I’ve spo­ken to our neigh­bours… at this stage, it is more shock than any­thing else be­cause peo­ple are still try­ing to get the full story as to what ac­tu­ally has hap­pened here.”

Ali­cia Bienkowski, who also lives nearby, said it was “com­pletely shock­ing”.

“Ev­ery­one is pretty hor­ri­fied,” she said.

An­other neigh­bour, who asked not to be named, said she was “dumb­founded” by the tragedy.

Pic­ture: Kristie Lim

Po­lice at the Coode Street home where five peo­ple were found dead.

Pic­ture: Face­book

Mara Quinn with daugh­ter Char­lotte at the time of her birth.

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