Moonee Ponds: Two dead in Darling Street home

UPDATE: A woman and man have been murdered while three children aged five and under were sleeping in the bedroom of a house in Melbourne’s north-west.

Detective Senior Sergeant Shane O’Connell said two bodies were found at a house in Darling Street, Moonee Ponds, between 11.30pm and midnight.

When police arrived, they found a 44-year-old Meadow Heights man sitting in the driveway of the house with minor injuries.

The man did not resist police, and was taken to hospital.

Police will talk to him after he has been treated, Detective Senior Sergeant O’Connell said.

The two victims ‘‘suffered significant trauma injuries’’, but police cannot yet reveal the exact nature of those injuries, he said.

Police believe the dead man is aged in his 50s and the woman in her 30s.

A car parked on a side street outside an empty block behind the house has been cordoned off as police investigate all possible entrances into the property.

The children, aged five, three and two, have been placed in the care of relatives. Detective Senior Sergeant O’Connell said the incident was “horrific”.

“It’s horrific, whether or not the children were in fact present or heard anything that went on,” he said.

“The fact that we’ve got three children aged below five years of age, and they were in a house where such a horrific incident has occurred, is tragic.”

A neighbour said the neighbourhood was “definitely safe”, and that the incident was a shock.

“I woke up around 1am and I heard trucks or something, and people talking,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.