Police believe mother responsible for all four deaths in Tullamarine homicide, husband cleared

Police believe the woman found dead with her three children in Melbourne’s north-west on Thursday was responsible for all four deaths.

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 coroner.”

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 conducted.

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 concerned.”

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 responsible.

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 Tullamarine area.

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.

A police car parked outside a suburban house, which has police tape across its entrance.
Police said an extensive forensic examination of the crime scene was conducted.(ABC News: Patrick Rocca)
Flowers near a hand-drawn note from a child addressed to Claire, Anna, Matt and Katie.
Tributes have been left at the family’s home as the community mourns.(ABC 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 said.

“I’m not going to be able to be at the park and see Matthew jumping on the trampolines.”

Katie and Tomislav Perinovic and two of their children smile happily at the camera.
Police believe Katie Perinovic, left, was responsible for the deaths of her three children.(Facebook)

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Why Adam Cooney feels more welcome at Tullamarine than Whitten Oval

Despite playing 219 games for the Western Bulldogs and being their only Brownlow Medallist of the 21st century, Adam Cooney admits he feels more welcome at his second club Essendon.

Cooney was traded to Essendon in the 2014 trade period and played 31 games for the club across 2015 and 2016 before retiring.

The former All-Australian says the Bombers have been in constant contact with him since he retired, while he hasn’t been welcomed back to the Whitten Oval since 2014.

“No (I don’t feel welcome back at the Bulldogs). I haven’t been back to the Bulldogs since I left,” Cooney told SEN SA Breakfast when asked.

“But I left in a difficult circumstance, so I haven’t been back there. I feel a lot more welcome at Essendon than I do at the Western Bulldogs.

“(The Bombers have) just been in constant conversation with me since I retired.

“They ring every few months, the past players association, and just check in. I’ve done some work at the Bombers since I retired.

“Maybe it was just because it was fresh when I finished up and I was an Essendon player when I retired, but I feel a lot more welcome at the Bombers for some reason.”

Two-time Adelaide Norm Smith Medallist Andrew McLeod said similarly in 2019 when talking about the Crows.

Cooney admits AFL clubs tend to move on quickly from previous generations.

“I don’t know if he’s had a falling out with current board members or teammates of the past who hold positions there or not, all I know is it’s always sad when a legend of a club and a legend of the game like McLeod doesn’t feel like they’re welcome at their footy club,” he said.

“Although when you’re retired, footy clubs move on. They’re all about the current players and are so busy with memberships and getting things up and running things, often it’s hard to keep up with every past player and make them feel like they’re still a fabric of the club.

“I’m sure every Crows supporter would love Andrew McLeod, but the reality is they’ve got a new season coming up, it’s been a big off-season and throughout the year they’re just so busy with what’s going on, it’s hard to look to the past.

“So you can feel like you’re not part of a group, but that’s just the industry and the business moving on.”

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Essendon Bombers lost their soul when they left Windy Hill and moved to True Value Solar Centre in Tullamarine

But the symbolism at a football club where the administrative and football arms are not working as one physically and have now fallen out emotionally cannot be ignored. And while those fall-outs cannot be blamed on workplace design it’s worth pointing out that the Bombers have now admitted their headquarters lack soul and have turned again to wealthy supporters to fund another multimillion-dollar redevelopment. They hope to turn the centre into a destination supporters would want to visit and hopefully players stop wanting to walk away from.

Further, and their chief executive Xavier Campbell has denied this, but you have to wonder how much that funding request played in Campbell’s mind when he chose late in 2019 to honour the last year of John Worsfold’s contract rather than face another massive payout.

Essendon’s home at Tullamarine: The True Value Solar Centre.Credit:Darrian Traynor

It is clear now that Campbell and his head of football Daniel Richardson disagreed on that coaching compromise, which failed in 2020, and has led to Worsfold departing with his reputation damaged and Ben Rutten denied his honeymoon period, having failed to win over his players. To pursue the disconnected theme, Lindsay Tanner, who empowered his CEO and played no leadership role, went AWOL even by his previous standards in 2020.

Now a new president has taken over, not of Campbell’s choosing, who is starting to ask questions that should have been asked two years ago. Listening this week to under-fire Richardson’s unapologetic backing of Rutten, the coach he lured from Richmond, it was clear that Richardson and Rutten stand together one-out as Campbell distances himself. Clearly the football boss and the coach have drawn a line in the sand against long-term poor football standards but this appears to have only further alienated the players.


It is 10 years since a group of us sat in the Essendon board room and listened to former chairman David Evans and his CEO Ian Robson outline the reasons why Windy Hillwas no longer viable as a home base for the Bombers. Evans spoke of the arms race in terms of AFL high-performance expectations and facilities – and how ill-fated those comments proved to be.

The centre opened three years later under a heavy cloud. James Hird had been suspended for a year by the AFL, the Bombers had been heavily fined and banned from playing finals and Evans and Robson were gone – high-profile casualties of the drug scandal. For the players worse was to come. Eighteen of those generous supporters who had helped fund the new facility were later to contribute $100,000 each to help fund the club’s legal bills.

In a dispute reminiscent of St Kilda’s crazy battle with the Kingston Council over 80 poker machines that led to one of the Saints’ worst decisions in their 123-year-old history, Essendon’s Windy Hill issue centred on a battle with the adjoining bowls club and one key member of that club’s hierarchy. Having removed the cricket club the Bombers felt bowls, too, would willingly move to a bright new home to allow the football club the space to expand.

The hindsight view is that the battle could have been resolved through patience and that Essendon wanted more room and to start again anyway. Had an earlier proposal to set up a new headquarters at Keilor Park worked out perhaps the club could have created headquarters with more of a heartland feel.


St Kilda, boasting one of the biggest debts of all AFL clubs, blew $14 million on Seaford’s Belvedere Park and set the club back seven years. Now they are back at Moorabbin; their supporters have a home to go to and geographically their players and staff have Melbourne’s bayside and accompanying infrastructure at their fingertips. Just as the Bombers had Napier Street.

And, for that matter, the Dockers had one of Australia’s most beautiful cities surrounding the old football club. The Fremantle market was a short walk away and you could smell the ships as they came into harbour. Now Fremantle have a $70 million “state-of-the-art” new home at Cockburn, again relatively devoid of heart and soul.

Experienced football bosses would argue poor geographical positioning can be fixed by the right design. Certainly Greater Western Sydney have achieved that with their cafe at the heart of their new facility which offers a welcoming vibe similar to that at Carlton and the Western Bulldogs. Richmond may have botched several key design features at Punt Road but remaining in the heart of Richmond will prove a triumphant legacy decision for the Tigers.

And Hawthorn should treat the Essendon experience as a cautionary tale. The decision to relocate the club to Dingley at a time when out-of-town satellite football operations seem fraught with risk has never sat well with many of the game’s decision-makers. Even in 2015 when the
$130 million extravaganza was announced and the Hawks were flying in a premiership era and could attract any player or staffer at which it set its cap.


That is no longer the case. Hawthorn, which should count the move to Waverley as one of modern football’s great decisions, have put Dingley on hold as they work to make sense of their future in a post-COVID world made up of savage football cuts, that may or may not include Tasmania and may or may not for some years include an AFLW side.

Boasting a footprint double the size of Windy Hill, the cavernous Hangar, futuristic fittings and fixtures, an MCG-sized training oval and one the dimension of Marvel Stadium has not exactly spelt success for the Essendon Football Club.

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