Kill accused ‘did not mow lawns’
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.