Capel double homicide: Son, 47, is charged with murdering his elderly parents in Western Australia


Son, 47, is charged with murdering his elderly parents after he was found injured inside the home with their bodies

  • Robert George Dent, 47, has been charged with murdering his elderly parents
  • Colin, 75, and Bernice Dent, 74, were found dead in a Capel home on Friday  
  • Their son was taken into police custody at the scene and treated at hospital 
  • Dent was denied bail at a hearing at Perth Magistrates Court on Sunday


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A son has been charged with murdering his elderly parents after they were found dead at a home in Western Australia’s south west.  

The bodies of Colin and Bernice Dent were discovered inside a Berkshire Street residence, in Capel, about 8.15am on Friday. 

Robert George Dent, 47, was taken into police custody at the scene and later charged with two counts of murder, The West Australian reports. 

He appeared at Perth Magistrates Court on Sunday via video link from Bunbury, wearing a black hoodie.

Colin and Bernice Dent were found dead inside a home at Berkshire Street, Capel (above) in Western Australia on Friday morning

Colin and Bernice Dent were found dead inside a home at Berkshire Street, Capel (above) in Western Australia on Friday morning

Dent remained silent throughout the hearing and showed little emotion – only offering a slight nod when asked if he could hear the proceedings. 

He stood with his arms by his side, with his eyes occasionally glancing around the room. 

Bail was rejected and the case was adjourned until September 29. 

Dent was on Friday taken from the Capel home to Bunbury Hospital under police guard to be treated for minor injuries.

Mr Dent, 75, and Mrs Dent, 74, were well respected in their region, where locals are still reeling in shock over their deaths.  

Mr Dent, who worked for Capel Shire, retired four years ago and the couple were both active members of the community. 

Colin Dent (pictured), 75, worked for the local council and his wife was an active member of the community.

Colin Dent (pictured), 75, worked for the local council and his wife was an active member of the community.

Colin Dent (pictured), 75, worked for the local council and his wife was an active member of the community. 

The discovery of the two bodies comes only weeks after father-of-three Tony Ditri was murdered in the the nearby town of Pemberton on August 27.

Local farmer John Della Franca was subsequently charged with his murder.   

‘We have just dealt with another community in the South West that had a homicide investigation and that community is reeling,’ South West District Superintendent Geoff Stewart told the media.

‘Capel will be reeling from this. People would have seen activity today from what’s occurring and now hearing what’s occurred…

‘It is going to affect the community without a doubt.  

‘Our thoughts are with the people involved, their family and the community of Capel.’  

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