This article deals with suicide and family violence and might be triggering for some readers.
A court has heard new details about a Melbourne father who returned home to find his wife and three children dead inside their Tullamarine home.
Last month, the bodies of Katie Perinovic, 42, and her children Claire, 7, Anna, 5, and Matthew, 3, were found inside their family home, with Police believing the Victorian mother killed her three children before taking her own life.
On Wednesday, the Coroners Court of Victoria heard the children’s father Tomislav Perinovic had returned home from grocery shopping when he found his three-year-old son's body in the kitchen with stab wounds.
He rang triple zero and Police were alerted to the deaths just after 12.30pm. When paramedics arrived, Perinovic went into another room where he found the bodies of his wife and two daughters. A large knife was also found at the scene.
Police arrested Mr Perinovic, but he was later released.
"It quickly became evident that, from a homicide perspective, the responsibility for all four deaths lay solely with the mother," Detective Acting Sergeant Luke Farrell said on Wednesday.
Farrell also revealed that there was no history of family violence or involvement of child protection authorities but Ms Perinovic was receiving help for mental health issues in the months leading up to her death.
The court was told that Tomislav did not attend Wednesday’s hearing due to his grief.
The coroner is continuing to investigate.
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After the bodies were discovered on January 14, grieving locals left flowers outside the home on Friday morning, as crime scene cleaners later filtered in and out of the property.