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The death of a Melbourne family: Mother Katie Perinovic’s final days before child murder | Instant News

Neighbors pieced together events that took place in the days leading up to the shocking moment of a Melbourne mother who is believed to have killed her three children before committing suicide.

The bodies of Katie Perinovic, her two daughters Claire, 7, and Anna, 5, and son Matthew, 3, were found inside their Tullamarine home, in the northern suburbs of the city, on Thursday afternoon.

Perinovic’s husband, Tomislav, 48, called emergency services and was questioned by police before he was released without charge.

Less than 24 hours before the shocking murder, 42-year-old Perinovic had dropped a bag of prunes at the home of his neighbors on Burgess St, Daniel and Vicky Schembri.

Mr Schembri, who has lived on the street with his wife for 48 years, said Perinovic knocked on the door at 5.30pm on Wednesday. He thanked her, and she said “Bye,” she told NCA Newswire.

Just two days earlier, the Schembris family had heard children play happily in their pop-up pool. “They screamed and screamed and had fun and all that,” he told The Australian.

The Perinovic family.  Photo / Facebook
The Perinovic family. Photo / Facebook

The Perinovics are well known among their neighbors. The children wish Mr Schembri a happy new year. Kevin and Clare Harrison, who live opposite the family, visited on Christmas Day to give gifts to the children.

“We sat with them for a while and Tom was on the floor playing with little Matthew in the car we gave him,” she told The Australian. “He helped the girls unpack their pieces. We just laughed and joked about things.”

On Thursday afternoon, the children died, after an act that sent shockwaves into a usually deserted community.

“Investigators are not sure the 48-year-old man was involved in the incident and police are not looking for anyone further on the matter,” police said on Thursday afternoon.

“Killing Squad investigators have formed the initial view that the 42-year-old woman was responsible for all four deaths and once their investigation is complete, a report will be provided for consideration by the coroner.”

Locals are now trying to find out if there is any clue as to what they saw and heard about the family hours earlier.

One of the local parents who arrived back from the village trip at around 4pm on Wednesday told the Herald Sun that they saw Perinovic visiting another house on the street and talking to the owner of the house named Freddie in an act that now looks extraordinary.

A woman leaves flowers outside Perinovic's house.  Photo / NCA NewsWire
A woman leaves flowers outside Perinovic’s house. Photo / NCA NewsWire

A young mother living around the corner told Herald Sun that she had returned from morning coffee with friends on Thursday morning when she heard a very loud scream coming from Burgess St.

He is now convinced that the agitated cry at around 11.45am was Perinovic. About half an hour later, the mother said, she heard sirens.


Marie Groves’ family friend said she last saw Perinovic when the mother of three visited her home in November for a party.

Groves said Perinovic appeared “very quiet and reserved”.

“On November 29, I invited her to meet and help celebrate my daughter’s birthday with my children,” Groves told NCA NewsWire on Thursday morning.

“She was only there for a short time … her two older daughters were very much like mine, they chatted and laughed – typical of seven year olds, they are pretty kids.

“On that day he seemed a little aloof – that’s not unusual – he was very quiet … come to think of it maybe that’s a clue?”

Groves said he didn’t really know Perinovic’s husband, Tomislav, because he “worked around the clock.”

Groves, who has developed a close bond with Perinovic as their children grew up together, said the last time he saw his neighbor was before Christmas, when he also seemed “a little quieter than usual”.

Police at the scene today.  Photo / NCA NewsWire
Police at the scene today. Photo / NCA NewsWire

However, he added, nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

Schembris said Perinovic moved into the next house about 25 years ago before he met his future wife.

“Once they got married, she got pregnant,” said Schembri, adding that Perinovic looked “happy”.

Schembris said they used to see children who were “very active” all the time playing and riding their bikes on the road. The oldest, Claire, is getting dance lessons and the youngest is starting school.

Claire and Anna both attended St Christopher’s Elementary School on the outskirts of West Airport.

“Now, in heaven,” said Schembri. “They are very good children.”

The first indication he had that something was wrong on Thursday was seeing emergency services rushing onto the streets.

“We saw Tom sitting in a chair with his hands behind his back,” she said.

“She was quiet – numb.

“And then they took him to the police car.”

A tribute outside the Melbourne home in which a mother and three children died.  Photo / News Corp Australia
A tribute outside the Melbourne home in which a mother and three children died. Photo / News Corp Australia

Schembri said his heart broke thinking about the three children wishing him a happy new year, eating sweets, two weeks ago. “How could this happen?” she says.


Perinovic’s former colleague, who is a physiotherapist, told the Herald Sun that they were devastated to learn of the death.

It is known that he left the Glenroy Physiotherapy clinic unexpectedly about three months ago.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Robert Hill said police will work to support the families of those involved and ensure they get the help they need.

“I know there will be many people in society who are struggling to understand and accept this tragedy,” he said.

Perinovic in particular "drawn" in the weeks preceding the tragedy.  Photo / Facebook
Perinovic was especially “withdrawn” in the weeks preceding the tragedy. Photo / Facebook

“It is also a very difficult time for the police and paramedics, who responded to and attended the scene yesterday.

“This is a very heart wrenching experience for all parties.”

Lee, a team manager at the West Meadows paramedic unit, also laid flowers at the scene and took a moment to reflect outside the home.

Speaking to NCA NewsWire, he said about five of his paramedics responded to Thursday’s horror and were “shaken”.

“The loss of three children is affecting everyone including our staff,” he said.

“This isn’t normal … yes we have a troublesome element in our roles, but incidents like this are rare.”

Claire, 7, and Anna, 5, died in a murder-suicide allegation.  Photo / Facebook
Claire, 7, and Anna, 5, died in a murder-suicide allegation. Photo / Facebook

On Fridays, mourners lay flowers and cards on the property.

One child, Anabelle, left a handwritten note on the gate moments before detectives left the scene with a brown evidence bag.

“To Claire, Anna, Matt, and Katie. You are always very kind, loving, caring and Claire is always my best friend (best friend forever). Love from Anabelle,” read the note.

Investigations are continuing.

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Waihī shark attack: The beach reopens for swimmers after a teenager dies in a shark attack | Instant News

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A description of the fatal shark encounter that took place in New Zealand, and some expert advice from Surf Lifesaving NZ.

Waihī Beach has been reopened for swimmers, days after a teenager died from a shark attack.

A rāhui was imposed on the coast, 58 km north of Tauranga, after Kaelah Marlow died on Thursday.

The 19-year-old was injured by a shark while swimming at the end of Bowentown on the beach at around 5pm.

It is understood that the teenager was pulled from the water alive and paramedics desperately performed CPR on the beach, but could not save his life.

Kaelah Marlow, 19, from Hamilton died on Waihī Beach on Thursday.  It is thought he was the victim of a shark attack.  Photo / Provided
Kaelah Marlow, 19, from Hamilton died on Waihī Beach on Thursday. It is thought he was the victim of a shark attack. Photo / Provided

Further 73km to the north, Pāuanui Beach was closed and swimmers were told to get out of the water after seeing the sharks yesterday afternoon.

Surf Lifesavers ordered everyone – nearly 500 people – to stay on the beach by 1pm. They were still not allowed to enter the water at 3:30 p.m.

Patrols have found sharks on the popular Coromandel coast, and swimmers can only return to the water when 30 minutes have passed since the last confirmed sighting, a lifeguard said.

Rāhui on Waihī Beach is appointed for swimmers, hikers, and those who take part in other water activities – except fishing or seafood gathering – after hui Fridays among local parents, club officials, Bay of Plenty harbor chiefs, Surf Lifesaving New Zealand and representative of the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

Rāhui, which runs along the coast from the northern end of Waihī Beach to Bowentown Heads, and includes ports to Ōngare, Tuapiro and Tanners Pt,
stay in place until 7:00 am Friday for those who want to fish or collect seafood.

Banning is customary after the water tragedy, said Māori warden and chairman of the Otawhiwhi Marae Trust Shaan Kingi.

Witnesses to Thursday’s tragedy described a heartbreaking scene, with a man being comforted by emergency services and then, after Marlow’s death, walking overboard and splashing water on himself.

“I can’t stop thinking about the tremendous sadness I saw on his face as he left the beach,” said eyewitness Matt Lawry.

People arrive at Waihī Beach all Friday to pay their respects to Kaelah Marlow.  Photo / George Novak
People arrive at Waihī Beach all Friday to pay their respects to Kaelah Marlow. Photo / George Novak

Marlow, who lived in Western Australia until moving to New Zealand five years ago with her parents and younger sister, is “a cute, lovely girl, always cheerful,” her aunt Kylie French told Western Australia.

He lives in Hamilton and has worked on a farm having previously studied a trade apprenticeship.

“I’m just in shock, everyone’s in shock. We can’t go there, Mum can’t,” French said.

“You hear about shark attacks, but never in a million years did you think it would become someone you knew.”

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A post-mortem examination was carried out on Friday, and it is not yet certain if any sharks were behind the attack.

Clinton Duffy, a marine scientist with the Department of Conservation, said many people have the wrong perception that sharks are unusual in New Zealand.

They do not.

However, attacks are rare – he has counted only 14 fatalities since 1840 – but one must always swim between the flags, and never alone on an unpatched beach.

Swimming should also be avoided at night, and where people are fishing or fishing.

High concentrations of fish in the water or the presence of dolphins can also indicate the presence of sharks.

“For the most part, sharks are completely uninterested in humans, I’ve seen them themselves swim past people … not at all interested.”


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Within three days, the price of sugar in Karachi went up by Rs8 | Instant News

The sugar in the burlap bag is picked up by the seller for a close-up photograph. – AFP / Files

Sugar prices in Karachi have jumped Rs8 in the last three days, Geo News reported citing market sources.

The source said that the sweetener is selling for Rs88 in the wholesale market. As a result, sugar is available at high prices in the retail market.

The commodity is being sold from Rs90-95 in the port city retail market, the source said.

Meanwhile, residents who criticized the government called the surge a “failure”.

Hike at Rs5 two days ago

Two days ago, the price of sugar rose by Rs5 per kilogram.

The development came after Prime Minister Imran Khan praised his economic team for lowering the price of sugar to Rs81 per kg a few days ago.

Sugar prices per kg rose in all major cities in the country, including Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, Multan and Faisalabad.

A 100kg sugar sack sells for Rs8,300 in the Karachi wholesale market. So, it is available at a price of Rs83 per kg. Moreover, in the retail market, sugar is sold at Rs90 per kg.

According to sources, the price of sugar rose by Rs11 per kg in a month. In some areas of Karachi, the sweetener is sold at Rs100 per kg.

In Lahore, sugar is available at Rs85-90 per kg, while in Quetta, residents are forced to buy sugar at Rs90 per kg. The same sugar was available for Rs80-85 per kg last month.

In Multan and Faisalabad, the price of sugar increased from Rs90 to Rs95 per kg.


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Waikeria Uprising: Witnesses report new fires in prison as protests continue | Instant News

Adrien Disher, who lives near the Waikeria Prison, said he saw another fire in Waikeria last night.

A new fire broke out in the Waikeria Prison last night, according to an eye witness, after several days of rioting at the facility.

A group of 16 inmates are still avoiding arrest on the roof of the prison after starting riots and lighting a destructive fire in the prison yard on Tuesday afternoon.

Adrian Disher, who lives about 3 km from the prison, said the fires only started last night and he saw emergency services heading to the scene around 7pm.

“It’s quite big, up in the treetops.”

“This must be a new one,” he said.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand directs requests about reported fires to Corrections.

Meanwhile, a former negotiator earlier yesterday said it was “unthinkable” that the fighting had been going on for so long.

Correction said the men had gained access to tactical equipment including shields and body armor, and made homemade weapons for use against prison staff.

With 13 years of experience dealing with crisis negotiations under his belt, Lance Burdett knows the importance of trying to limit situations to two or three days.

The Waikeria prison near Te Awamutu was smoldering after a night of fire as the prisoners continued to riot.  Photo / NEWSHUB
The Waikeria prison near Te Awamutu was smoldering after a night of fire as the prisoners continued to riot. Photo / NEWSHUB

“The longer it takes, the more likely it won’t end well,” he said.

“People are being assertive – they are not going to give a little.”

Burdett, who runs consultancy Warn International, has studied events around the world and said history books show how the siege is getting worse.

The golden rule of negotiation emphasizes getting the other person to talk and listen.

“Don’t be afraid to give something away,” added Burdett.

He admits conflicting traditions, but says being the first to offer something creates goodwill.

There are concerns over the structural integrity of the Waikeria Prison buildings following the significant damage caused by the riots.  Photo / NEWSHUB
There are concerns over the structural integrity of the Waikeria Prison buildings following the significant damage caused by the riots. Photo / NEWSHUB

“That applies to human nature. If I buy you a drink, the first thing you want to do, apart from drinking it, is buy me another one.”

He also said it was important that arrangements be made “honest and respectful”.

“Never lie, once you lie, you’ve lost all credibility.”

He praised the Penitentiary for allowing inmates to speak with parents and deputy leader of the Māori Party, Rawiri Waititi.

The inmates have asked to speak with the vice chairman of the Māori Party, Rawiri Waititi.  Photo / Andrew Warner
The inmates have asked to speak with the vice chairman of the Māori Party, Rawiri Waititi. Photo / Andrew Warner

“Both are very good choices and I commend them for doing that.”

However, he said old school tactics such as trying to starve rioters were unlikely to get good results.

“You just add fuel to the fire.”

Something had to happen to break the deadlock.

“Now the Correctional Center is in a position where the prison is basically being held for ransom by a group of individuals. They have to move at some point.

“This is not the only prison in New Zealand. There are other prisons and they will look at this and see what the response is.”

The correction was confirmed last night that inmates deliberately activated sprinklers in the cell on three occasions yesterday – twice at Mt Eden Remand Prison and once at Rimutaka Prison.

Fire and emergency response and prisoners secured in new cells.

The Herald asked Correction whether it was concerned about copycat behavior among inmates after the Waikeria Prison riots and what precautions the department was taking to monitor and suppress such behavior.

Correction said it could not respond last night, but added “no incidents of copycat behavior”.

Last night, Waititi said he had been contacted by the inmates’ whānau who said the men were only willing to surrender if he was present.

“They don’t trust the authorities and believe they will be harmed after surrendering,” he said.

“They have stated that they would come out with body bags if I was not there to escort them out and ensure their safety.

“This is a protest, not a riot.”

Waititi said he had tried to contact Minister of Corrections Kelvin Davis but was blocked from accessing the prison a second time.

“The law allows the right for every member of parliament to visit prisons and communicate with inmates regarding their treatment in prison or complaints about treatment,” Waititi said.

“The purpose of my first visit was not to negotiate surrender. I went to listen.”

The aim of the second visit is to ensure the safety of the 16 people when they surrender, he said.

“If this situation turns into custard and if there are fatalities – it is entirely on the Government.”

Opposition lawmakers are demanding Government intervention to end the crisis, with
National Party leader Judith Collins asked Davis to step up.

On Twitter, he chided Davis for not making a public statement in favor of Corrections staff “dealing with violent prison riots” in Waikeria.

“Let’s be clear. The mass destruction of taxpayer-funded property, assaults of correctional staff and stockpiling of weapons are not ‘peaceful protests’,” he wrote, too.

Davis needs to explain how the loss of control happened and what he will do to fix it, Collins said.

“He was very happy bragging about prison in opposition but now that he’s in charge, he’s nowhere to be seen.”

Riot inmates at the Waikeria Prison have been in hiding since setting fire to the facility on Tuesday afternoon.  Photo / NEWSHUB
Riot inmates at the Waikeria Prison have been in hiding since setting fire to the facility on Tuesday afternoon. Photo / NEWSHUB

A spokesman for Davis said he would not comment or visit the prison until the situation was resolved.

Maori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki called for calm amid rising tensions.

He asks politicians to step down and allow manau to work with correctionals, prisoners and whanau to resolve the situation quickly.

“The issues being handled are complex and in the interests of the safety of all parties involved, we have to resolve this situation and be on time.

“Health and safety risks to workers and prisoners need to be addressed as do the broader concerns of all involved.

“The reality is that the prison may have reached its use by date and in time to discuss its future – but that can only happen against the backdrop of a swift resolution to the current impasse.”

Incident supervisor Jeanette Burns yesterday said 16 prisoners continued to light significant fires.

Police at Waikeria Prison near Te Awamutu as fighting continues between the inmates and guards.  Photo / Michael Craig
Police at Waikeria Prison near Te Awamutu as fighting continues between the inmates and guards. Photo / Michael Craig

“We are very committed to ensuring that this is resolved safely,” he said.

“There are many risks involved, including the structural integrity of buildings damaged by fire, the weapons and equipment available to detainees, the toxicity of the burning building materials, and the violence offered by detainees.”

Negotiations with the group are ongoing, he said.

On Friday, Correction confirmed the unrest experienced by inmates gain access to power tools and tactical equipment as well as making emergency weapons.

Protesting prisoners have also accessed medical pharmacies where controlled medicines are stored.


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Covid 19 coronavirus: A ten day delay in detecting new Melbourne cases has authorities racing to trace contacts | Instant News


The view on Melbourne’s St Kilda Beach last night. Photo / David Geraghty, News Corp Australia

Australian health authorities are bracing for the worst after it emerged that Victoria’s latest confirmed case of coronavirus had gone undetected for 10 days.

During that time, those infected visited a number of densely populated areas – including a major shopping mall on Christmas Eve – which exposed thousands of Melburners to Covid-19.

There are no new Covid cases in the community at this time, the health authority said, but 170 of the main contacts from yesterday’s eight cases have been identified and more cases are expected in the coming days.

“I hope we will see more cases out of the 170 close contacts and also that the number continues to increase in terms of secondary contacts,” said lead examiner Jeroen Weimar.

The race is now to trace contacts and test as many people as possible to contain the outbreak, which is believed to have spread from Sydney.

The person suspected of being “patient zero” in the new outbreak visited Sydney before returning to Melbourne on 19 December.

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has warned his state to “prepare for it,” as the true scale of the northern coastline is revealed. Video / Sky News Australia

Victoria has closed its border with NSW, which is struggling to contain an outbreak that started on the north coast but has now spread across the city and beyond.

A new cluster at Croydon in Sydney’s inner west grew again yesterday, with more details on extended family movements at the epicenter of the outbreak released.

Authorities in both states appealed to the public to avoid last night’s New Year’s celebrations amid concerns it could lead to a “supersebar” event.

While people in Sydney adhere to it, it’s a different story in Melbourne, where hundreds of people packing the beaches of St Kilda and Federation Square to ring in 2021.


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