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Katie Perinovic and three children found dead at home


A devastated neighbour of the mother and her three children who were found dead in their home in grim scenes has revealed details of a conversation he had with her less than 24 hours before her death.

It comes as forensic advisers and specialists spent “all night” methodically examining the crime scene to establish a clearer picture and to “understand and appreciate” how the “tragic event” in metropolitan Melbourne occurred.

The bodies of 42-year-old Katie Perinovic, her two girls Claire, 7, Anna, 5, and three-year-old son Matthew were found inside their Tullamarine home at 12.20 on Thursday afternoon.

Her husband, Tomislav Perinovic, 48, was sitting in the front yard when police arrived at the scene and was the one who called emergency services, police said.

He was still assisting officers with inquiries on Thursday night.

The homicide squad is leading the probe, but Victoria Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Robert Hill said ­assumptions should not be made about what had occurred inside the home.

Mr Hill said investigators were keeping open minds to a number of possibilities, ­including murder-suicide.

When police arrived at the scene they were greeted by Ambulance Victoria in the front yard with the 48-year-old man. Police were directed to go inside where they made the grim discovery.

Mr Perinovic has since been assisting detectives from the Homicide Squad with their inquiries while the next of kin have been notified. Police say there are no other parties involved in the deaths.

Neighbour John Constantino told The Age he had spoken to Ms Perinovic the night before she died and that nothing seemed out of the ordinary, in fact, she seemed “happy”.

“I was watering the garden about 7.30pm and she walked past and she seemed happy and everything,” he said.

“She asked me what I was going to do tomorrow, I said, ‘I might mow the lawn’ and she said ‘yeah, it’s not going to be a hot day’.”

Acting Deputy Commissioner Bob Hill said Mr Perinovic had provided police with his account of what happened and that it was “very important we do not speculate” over the events of the deaths.

When asked if police had any suspects Mr Hill declined to comment.

“At this point in time, the investigation is in its very early stages,” Mr Hill said.

“It’s very important we do not speculate. The circumstances of this event are yet to be determined.

“We cannot afford to make any assumptions as to what occurred.”

Another neighbour told NCA Newswire that Ms Perinovic would go for a walk with her children almost every day.

“She’d say hello, stop for a chat – she’s a nice lady,” he said.

“It’s really shocking.”

Ms Perinovic worked at a local physiotherapy clinic for the last seven years but according to the Herald Sun, she left the clinic “unexpectedly” three months ago.

The clinic is a 10-minute drive from the family home.

The Herald Sun was told Ms Perinovic may have been suffering from depression,” the publication reported.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Galliott said information currently indicated the Mr Perinovic was not injured.

There was no family violence history associated with this family, Mr Hill said.

Asked if it could be a murder-suicide situation, he said there were “a number of possibilities and that’s one”.

Police would not reveal details about any injuries the victims suffered.

“We just need to understand the facts, and unfortunately they’re not known to us but will be in the fullness of time,” Mr Hill said.

“We have a long way to go before we can actually understand and appreciate what occurred.”



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Police investigate after four found dead at Tullamarine property


Four people have been found dead at a property in Melbourne’s north-west.

Police are at a property in Tullamarine and a man is assisting them with their inquiries.

A police spokesman said a crime scene has been established and the homicide squad are attending.

“The exact circumstances around the incident are under investigation and we will provide more information when it’s appropriate to do so,” she said.

“There is currently no ongoing threat to the community.”

More to come.



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Three dead, six rescued in Victorian water tragedies at Bushrangers Bay, Venus Bay and Rye


Police said an off-duty lifeguard pulled the woman from the water and started CPR but could not revive her. Victoria Police said late on Wednesday they would probe the death and send findings to the coroner.

In the first drowning, police confirmed a man in his 80s was pulled from the water at Tootgarook about 4pm on Wednesday, but he was unable to be revived.

Several helicopters were deployed to a dramatic scene at Bushrangers Bay at Cape Schanck on the Mornington Peninsula where two men had jumped into the water trying to rescue a group of four women and girls who were swept into the sea by a large wave.

Victoria Police confirmed a 45-year-old woman, a 47-year-old woman, a 19-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl were swept into the sea about 3.30pm. They were followed by two men, aged 28 and 47, who entered the water to assist the group of four in distress.

Multiple helicopters from Victoria Police, Life Saving Victoria and Air Ambulance scoured the water for the six people, alongside water police and local lifesavers.

All were pulled from the water, including the deceased 45-year-old woman.

The same spot where the group of four were washed away, according to an eyewitness.

The same spot where the group of four were washed away, according to an eyewitness.

A witness, who did not wish to be named, told The Age two men jumped in after the group to help.

“They climbed to the rock, then [a] big wave came, and swept them off into the water,” they said.

The witness said the waves crashing against the rocks were large at the time of the incident.

Life Saving Victoria’s General Manager of Lifesaving Services Liam Krige said crews arrived on scene about 4pm and began winching two of the people to a nearby headland, where they were met by paramedics.

Air Ambulance and other emergency services on scene on Wednesday.

Air Ambulance and other emergency services on scene on Wednesday.Credit:Nine News Melbourne

Only two people could be transported at a time due to the capacity of the helicopter, he said.

“In the interim, an LSV lifeguard paddled to two of the remaining swimmers, keeping them afloat on their rescue board while the helicopter crews continued the winching operation,” he said.

“At around 4.30pm, Air Ambulance also arrived on scene and commenced winching a further person from the water.

“Shortly after, Police Air Wing and Water Police arrived on scene by boat and collected the final two swimmers, the LSV lifeguard and a bystander who had entered the water to assist.”

Aerial footage from the scene on Wednesday.

Aerial footage from the scene on Wednesday.Credit:Nine News Melbourne

Paramedics transported the five survivors to hospital: four to Frankston Hospital and one to Rosebud Hospital.

Frankston hospital was treating the 47-year-old woman who was reported to be in a serious but stable condition on Wednesday night, along with the 19-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl.

Life Saving Victoria’s Mr Kriger said he and his staff’s thoughts were with those affected by the tragedy.

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“This incident is a stark reminder of the importance of always exercising caution around water and never taking your eyes off the surf,” he said. “Many people who are rescued never planned on entering the water.”

“Even when you don’t intend on swimming, you should never underestimate the power of the ocean.

“Bushrangers Bay is an unpatrolled beach located at a remote stretch of coastline, making it difficult for emergency services to access if you get into trouble.”

The beach is known for its dangerous conditions.

Bushrangers Bay is not patrolled by Life Saving Victoria, according to beachsafe.org.au.

The service describes the 300m beach as “moderately safe” for swimming when waves are low.

“However stay on the bar and clear of the rocks, and rips against the rocks,” the advice reads.

In January 2019, Melbourne musician Jjay De Melo drowned while swimming with a friend at Bushrangers Bay.

In 2017 seven people were swept off the rocks by a large wave, with one man airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.

On the back of a record number of drownings last year, the Victorian government launched a campaign targeting the two most at-risk groups – younger males from non-English speaking backgrounds with limited water skills and “complacent” middle-aged men.

Venus Bay drowning

At Venus Bay south-east of Melbourne, police said a teenage girl was seen struggling in the water about 7.30pm and a number of people entered the water to help her. One of those, a woman in her 20s, got into trouble herself.

The woman was pulled from the water by an off duty lifeguard and she was given CPR but couldn’t be revived.

All others involved in the incident came out of the water unharmed, including the teen who had initially been in distress.

Police will prepare reports for the coroner for all three deaths.

Meanwhile, police are investigating after a three-year-old girl was pulled unconscious from Lysterfield Lake about 5.50pm on Wednesday. Emergency Services worked on the girl and she was revived. She was transferred to the Royal Children’s Hospital and remained in a critical condition on Thursday morning.

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Man, 34, shot dead in Fairfield in Sydney’s west


Homicide detectives are combing the scene of a deadly shooting in Sydney’s west on Sunday morning.

Emergency services were called to Fairfield about 2.40am after reports a man had been shot.

On arrival they found a man, 34, with gunshot wounds, who died at the scene on William Street.

“A 34-year-old was found with gunshot wounds; and despite efforts to revive him, he died at the scene,” NSW Police said.

“Officers from Fairfield City Police Area Command have established a crime scene and will investigate the shooting with assistance from the Homicide Squad.”

Sections of William and Harris streets will be closed, and the community is urged to avoid the area.

Police are appealing to the public for help as they piece together the incident.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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Ipswich woman charged with murder after 8-month-old baby found dead


A woman charged with the murder of her eight-month-old baby boy has made no application for bail in Ipswich Magistrates Court.

Natalie Jade Whitehead, 34, did not appear in court on Thursday.

She has been charged with the murder of her son Dexter as well as interfering with a corpse and failing to provide the necessities of life.

The murder is alleged to have occurred in June, 2019 at an address in Sonter Street, Raceview, a suburb of Ipswich.

Her case has been adjourned until January 27 at Ipswich Magistrates Court.

Ms Whitehead’s lawyer Bettina Webb said her client was “struck” by the charges and would plead not guilty.

Detectives will allege Dexter was neglected for “days” before he eventually died.

“I can confirm that as of this morning, a 34-year-old female has been charged with murder in relation to the deceased eight-month-old child and has also been charged with interfering with a corpse as well as failing to provide the necessities of life,” Detective Inspector David Briese told reporters on Wednesday.

“There have been a number of medical tests and pathology reports … we will be alleging that the cause of death was as a result of neglect.”

Police are now desperate to speak with a 41-year-old Bellbowrie man, who they believe was the partner of Whitehead, and have urged him to come forward though he has not been identified as a suspect.

“We’re appealing for him to come forward, we would like to speak to him further and are appealing for his assistance,” Insp Briese said.

The detective would not reveal if the family were known to child services in the lead-up to the baby’s death, but said the eventual arrest was the work of “meticulous management and investigation” by detectives from the child protection unit and child trauma unit.

“As you can understand in such matters where it involves children, we, like everyone, would like to have it solved quickly and to be wrapped up, but we have to be meticulous and step through everything, including medical reports and medical testing,” Insp Briese said.

Police have pleaded with anyone with information on the death to come forward.



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WA president Nick Martin shot dead in front of family


Police have raided properties across Perth following a possible sniper attack that killed former Rebels president Nick Martin, amid fears the shooting could lead to an all-out bikie war.

The 51-year-old was shot in the chest during the Outlaw Nitro Challenge drag racing event at the Kwinana Motorplex about 8.40pm on Saturday in front of many innocent bystanders, including young families.

A five-year-old boy, who was reportedly sitting on the lap of Martin’s wife Amanda but is not related to them, was grazed. He did not need to go to hospital.

Fellow Rebels bikie member Ricky Chapman, 31, – who is the partner of Martin’s stepdaughter Stacey Schoppe – was also wounded and will have surgery later on Monday.

There is a nationwide hunt for the gunman and police have not ruled out the possibility the shooter flew into Perth to commit the crime.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson told 6PR radio on Monday that Martin did not have “good standing” with the Rebels before his death and had been “under some pressure”.

Asked about reports the shooting was by a sniper, Mr Dawson said: “We won’t be disclosing all of the particulars that we’re uncovering.”

State Crime unit assistant commissioner Brad Royce was later asked by reporters whether it was a difficult investigation because it was a “professional” shooting.

“I don’t think murdering someone in among women and children is professional as much as probably someone who really doesn’t have any regard for the community,” he said.

After he was further pressed on the distance of the shooting, he added: “Anyone can take a long shot if they’re not worried about collateral damage, so only a murderer is not going to worry about families sitting right around the area.”

Asked if police had no solid leads because Martin had many enemies, the senior officer said it was early in the investigation and would take some time.

Raids have been conducted at the Mongols and Hells Angels clubhouses, and at a Shoalwater home linked to an alleged bikie associate.

A 33-year-old Mongols member was charged with possessing cocaine with intent to sell/supply and a 30-year-old man was charged with breaching a post-sentence supervision order.

Weapons and prescription medications were allegedly found during a search of the Hells Angels clubhouse.

A 71-year-old Mongols associate has been charged with several offences after cannabis plants, a shotgun, four rifles, two firearm silencers and ammunition were allegedly found at the Shoalwater property.

Mr Royce said police were “taking the fight back to the gangs” following Martin’s death.

“While it’s a homicide and a singular incident, we’re taking it as a far bigger picture event,” he said.

“All gangs, whether they’re involved in this or not, are going to be seeing a lot more attention from WA police and our partners.

“We will be coming with force … if the one per cent want to come out into our community and commit acts of violence where we go with our families then we’ll go into their community.”

About 100 officers are so far involved in Operation Ravello, including the homicide and gang crime squads, and Australian Federal Police.

In a tribute to Martin on social media, former Rebels national president Alex Vella shared his outrage at the attack.

“To be taken so cowardly in front of his wife, children and grandchildren is absolutely abhorrent,” Mr Vella wrote.

“Nick will always be remembered for being straight up forward not backward member of our great club.”

Ms Martin paid tribute to her slain husband by posting a photo of him as her profile picture, while Ms Schoppe described her grief at trying to revive her stepfather.

“I tried, we tried so hard to keep you alive, dad,” Ms Schoppe posted to social media.

‘This is one of the most heartbreaking, traumatic experiences I’ve ever witnessed. To my mother, be strong, we will get through this. I’m sending love to his immediate family and friends.”

Martin’s daughter Tia, who recently gave birth to his first grandchild, posted a photo on Facebook with the caption: “I love you forever and always.”

One friend commented on the post: “Cherish your memories and he will always live on in your heart. I know how much you meant to each other.”

Another wrote: “His love and adoration for you shone so brightly. He was so proud of you, love.”

Sam Hijazi thanked everyone who “called, texted and sent personal pm’s out regarding our son Eli”, who was grazed during the incident.

“Our thoughts are with Amanda Martin, Stacey Schoppe and family during this tragic time,” he said.

Mr Dawson warned officers were at “a state of heightened readiness” for retaliatory attacks.

“We must all be outraged by this violent criminal behaviour … This is not the Western Australia that we want to live in,” he said on Sunday.

Martin reportedly stood down from the top job of the WA Rebels a few months ago and Mr Dawson said Martin had “lost his status” within the bikie gang.

“We know there’s friction and bad terms certainly within the Rebels motorcycle outlaw gang themselves,” he said.

“I’ve got little doubt that there’s a lot of friction among gangs because of heightened police activity, and we have seized lots of drugs, money and firearms.”

However, there has been some confusion about Martin’s role with the Rebels after his daughter claimed the Commissioner was wrong.

“It was our impression Nick Martin was no longer the president of the Rebels, but accept that could change daily,” Mr Royce said.

Martin and his wife were due to face court this week, charged with demanding property by oral threats.

He had also pleaded not guilty to two counts of obtaining financial advantage from person/commonwealth by deception and was due back in court for those offences in February.

Martin’s death comes just two weeks after he was bashed at a Scarborough bar, allegedly by Hells Angel boss Dayne Brajkovich.

CCTV showed the pair greeting each other with an amicable handshake before a violent clash broke out.

Martin was allegedly hit to the ground before getting to his feet.

Brajkovich, a former Muay Thai boxer, was charged by the national anti-gangs squad for “fighting in public causing fear”.

NCA NewsWire is not suggesting Brajkovich played any part in Saturday night’s shooting.

In 2011, Martin survived a shooting in his driveway, which happened during a violent feud with the Rock Machine gang.

One year later, his car was firebombed.

Anyone who saw Saturday night’s shooting can anonymously phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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Man dead, police probe Romawi Street blaze


A man has died after a fire ripped through his unit in Melbourne’s western suburbs during the early hours of Monday morning.

A crime scene has been set up, with the arson squad at the scene to determine if the blaze at the Romawi Street home in Altona about 3.30am was suspicious.

Fire Rescue Victoria crews forced entry into the unit and quickly discovered the single occupant before removing him from the burning home and starting CPR.

The man – yet to be formally identified – died at the scene.

Fire Rescue Victoria said the fire was declared under control at 3.43am.

The blaze was contained to the lounge and dining area of the unit.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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Two dead in suspicious townhouse blaze


Firefighters arrived to find the townhouse engulfed in flames and the fire spreading to nearby homes.

It took an hour for dozens of firefighters to gain control of the blaze before they found the bodies of two people – believed by police to a couple – on the second storey.

The townhouse was destroyed by the fire.

The townhouse was destroyed by the fire. Credit:Nine News

The two people who died were not found in the same room but were not far away from each other, Senior Detective Kennedy said.

Police have had varying reports of how many people lived at the address. There was a mattress downstairs which looked as though it had been recently slept on, but there was no-one on it.

The occupants of the home and the address are not known to police. The identities of the two deceased people have not been confirmed.

A neighbour called Jemil said he and his partner tried to leave their home with their baby through the front door but their garden was on fire.

Two people have died in a suspicious fire in Point Cook.

Two people have died in a suspicious fire in Point Cook.Credit:Nine News

They escaped out the back and then saw a woman in the second-storey window of the burning home gasping for air. They used an axe to break the window.

“We saw a lady and she was frantically gasping for air. We tried everything, we smashed the garage door in, we opened her garage door leading into the house. It was engulfed in flames,” he told Nine News.

“We broke her window to try and get her out but after that, it was just silent.”

Senior Detective Kennedy praised the neighbours’ brave efforts.

“They attempted to rescue occupants from upstairs. One neighbour used a ladder, very heroic and brave effort. Sadly they did their best but the fire took hold and nothing could be done,” he said.

Detectives believe the fire is suspicious given the intensity of the blaze.

“When the fire services got here, it was fully engulfed, the townhouse was raging, particularly in the front and upstairs. With accidental fires that doesn’t occur,” Senior Detective Kennedy said.

Parts of the fire were still flaring up on Wednesday afternoon, making it difficult for investigators to access the scene.

Forty firefighters battled the blaze, but the townhouse was destroyed. Arson chemists will remain at the scene for some time, a police spokeswoman said.

Fire Rescue Victoria crews believe the fire started in the middle of the townhouse.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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Woman dead, teen arrested after violent incident inside Melbourne home


The 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested by police at the scene and taken to hospital, where he remained under police guard with serious injuries on Tuesday.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said a couple lived at the home with an elderly grandmother and children.

He said he and his wife had spent a lot of time with the family who lived at the house.

The man said he had often helped the family, including transporting the mother to hospital for the birth of one of her children.

“We were there at the birth, it was nice,” he said.

Four people were seriously injured inside a Narre Warren home on Monday afternoon.

Four people were seriously injured inside a Narre Warren home on Monday afternoon. Credit:Nine News

“They were really nice people, I couldn’t say a bad word against them.”

Another neighbour, Madison, who came to lay tributes at the home, said she had read reports of the incident and “put two and two together”. She said the elderly woman walked the small girl in a stroller past her home each day.

“We just left some flowers and a teddy for the little girl,” she said.

Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said the victims were part of the same family.

“It’s an absolutely tragic incident out there,” he told radio station 3AW.

Neighbour Karl Kunze was at home working in his garden when the incident occurred.

He saw a woman crying hysterically on the phone in the front garden.

“I came around the front to get the green garden waste bin and I saw an ambulance out the front blocking [my] driveway, a couple of police cars and the young lady, was sitting on the lawn just over there crying on the phone,” he said.

“She was screaming.

“I just asked her if she was all right but then I saw a policeman at the door and I heard one of them say on the radio, ‘one ambulance, you better make it two’,” Mr Kunze said.

He also saw a man yelling in the street. “Some guy came running over and said, ‘my baby’s inside’.”

Mr Kunze said he was shocked that something so horrific had happened in the normally quiet home.

“You hear about it all the time, but you know, you don’t expect it next door,” he said. “I was gutted because I didn’t hear any screams or nothing and the radio wasn’t blaring.”

He said the family had lived in the home for a number of years and were friendly.

“I used to see the old lady out here picking weeds from the grass,” he said.

Mr Kunze said at least three ambulances and eight police cars were at the scene on Monday, and that police remained at the property until about 3am on Tuesday.

A police spokesman said investigators are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

Neighbours and members of the public began laying flowers outside the Narre Warren home late on Tuesday morning.

Steph, who lives nearby and saw the scene on Monday, wanted to return and pay her respects today with another woman, Anne Holden.

“We just wanted to leave something for the family and pass on our well wishes,” said Steph, who did not wish to give her last name.

“Nobody’s really to blame, you think you know, you want to blame someone but everyone’s got a situation,” said Ms Holden through tears.

“I want to send love to all of them.”

Ash, who lives around the corner, did not know the family but left a bouquet of yellow flowers.

He said his family were shocked when they heard a 15-year-old was in custody.

“It’s just sad,” he said.

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one dead, three seriously injured


A woman has died while several other people, including a three-year-old girl, have been hospitalised after serious assaults at a home in Melbourne’s southeast.

The woman was found with critical injuries at a Narre Warren house after emergency services were called to the property about 1pm on Monday but later died.

Police and emergency service crews also found two others with serious injuries.

The child reportedly suffered stab wounds, according to 7News, and is now in a stable condition.

A fourth person — a man believed to be aged in his 40s — was arrested at the scene and is also being treated for serious injuries.

Victoria Police say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

Homicide detectives are investigating.



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