Man faces double murder charge in Tasmania

A West Australian man has been charged with killing a retired couple in a remote part of southern Tasmania.

A phone call prompted police to visit a property in Mountain River, south of Hobart, where two bodies were found about 1am (local time) today.

The couple, a 69-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman, appear to have suffered severe head injuries, police say.

The pair moved from Western Australia to Tasmania when they retired several years ago.

Police arrested a 27-year-old man at the scene and charged him with two counts of murder.

The man is also from Western Australia and had only arrived in Tasmania a few days ago.

It's believed he knew the couple.

Next of kin have not yet been notified.

"It's just one of those tragic situations, unfortunately," said Detective Inspector Peter Powell.

He says police are still trying to establish a possible motive for the crime.

 

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