Police believe mother responsible for all four deaths in
Tullamarine homicide, husband cleared
January 16, 2021
Katie Perinovic and her children were found dead at their home. (Facebook )
Police believe the woman found dead with her three children in
Melbourne's north-west on Thursday was responsible for all four deaths.
Police were called to the Tullamarine home on Thursday
by Tomislav Perinovic
The bodies of his wife, Katie Perinovic, and their
children were found inside
Police have cleared Mr Perinovic, saying they believe
the children were killed by their mother
Her husband Tomislav Perinovic, who found the bodies at their
Tullamarine home and called emergency services to report the deaths, has been
released without charge.
"Investigators do not believe the 48-year-old man was involved in
the incident and police are not looking for anyone further in relation to the
matter," a police statement said.
"Homicide Squad investigators have formed the preliminary view
that the 42-year-old woman is responsible for all four deaths and on completion
of their investigation, a report will be provided for consideration of the
The bodies of Katie Perinovic, her three-year-old son Matthew,
and daughters Claire and Anna, aged seven and five, were
found in their Tullamarine home on Thursday.
Police said the detectives had spoken to a large number of
people, including relatives, friends and neighbours of the family.
An extensive forensic examination of the scene has also been
Victoria Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Robert Hill said it
had been an "incredibly difficult time" for the police and paramedics who
responded and attended the scene.
"I know there will be many people in the community struggling to
understand and come to terms with this tragedy," he said.
"This has been an incredibly heart wrenching experience for all
Yesterday, police said there was no known history of family
violence in the household.
At the time, Acting Deputy Commissioner Hill urged
the community "not to speculate" on the cause of the deaths and who was
Police and investigators outside the Perinovics' Tullamarine home
on Friday morning. (ABC
News: Beth Gibson)
School community mourns heartbreaking loss
The deaths have shocked those who knew the family in the
Adrian Glasby, the principal of St Christopher's Catholic School,
which seven-year-old Claire attended, said the school was deeply shocked to hear
the heartbreaking news of the deaths.
"Claire was a kind, diligent, and much-loved student at St
Christopher's, and we were looking forward to welcoming Anna, with her huge
smile, into Prep to begin her school journey in just a couple of weeks' time,"
Mr Glasby said.
"Today I have communicated with our school community and provided
advice for them in sharing this tragic news and supporting their own children
during this time of grief and loss."
He said ongoing support and counselling would be offered to all
members of the school community.
Police said an extensive forensic examination of the crime scene
was conducted. (ABC
News: Patrick Rocca)
Tributes have been left at the family's home as the community
News: Beth Gibson)
Outside the house this afternoon, a number of mourners have been
stopping to pay their respects and place flowers.
A local paramedic, whose colleagues were among the first
responders at the scene, was among them.
"Everyone is pretty shaken, it's a horrible thing for anyone to
attend," he said.
"We share the community's heartbreak. It affects all of us."
Earlier, family friend Marie Groves said the incident "still
hasn't really sunk in properly".
"It hasn't sunk in that I'm not going to walk out the door and
see her walking past to the milk bar and picking up pizzas with the kids," she
"I'm not going to be able to be at the park and see Matthew
jumping on the trampolines."
Police believe Katie Perinovic, left, was responsible for the
deaths of her three children. (Facebook )
Commentary by the Ottawa Mens centre
When this story was first released, the police failed to
state that it had the appearances
murder suicide. They appeared to be in denial that a mother could murder her
children and herself.
While the police were guarded in their
statements, the news stories reported glowingly about what a good
mother she was while omitting any mention of
It took the police over 24 hours before they
came clean on this tragic story.
Its another case of a mentally ill woman
murdering her children and herself.
If this father had tried to take action prior
to this date, he would have been treated with contempt.
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