Australian criminals and their Crimes. Con artists, scum bags, murderers, corrupt cops, pollies, rapists and paedophiles will find themselves in this blog. It was expanded to also cover those that ought to be charged for their idiotic disgusting behaviour. Usually high-profile people who think they are above the law
Between Sunday 24 August and Tuesday 21 October 2014, a series of armed robberies was committed upon newsagents, service stations, liquor stores and hotels across Sydney.
During some of the incidents, two men entered the premises armed with a pistol and demanded cash from employees before fleeing the scene.
Officers attached to the Metropolitan Robbery Unit established Strike Force Tuft to investigate the 15 armed robberies and believe they may be linked.
As a result of inquiries by strike force detectives two men, aged 33 and 30, were arrested after a car was stopped at the intersection of Kurrajong Road and Glossop Street a St Marys today (Monday 24 November 2014).
The pair are currently assisting with strike force detectives with inquiries into armed robberies at a hotel in Rooty Hill on 22 November and a licensed premise in St Marys the next day.
Meanwhile, inquiries by strike force detectives into the robberies are continuing.
Further details of the armed robberies include:
• a service station at Bankstown on Sunday 24 August 2014,
• a service station at Kellyville on Sunday 24 August 2014,
• a bottle shop at Padstow on Sunday 24 August 2014,
• a newsagency at Smithfield on Thursday 28 August 2014,
• a hotel at Rosehill on Thursday 28 August 2014,
• a club at Eastwood on Saturday 30 August 2014,
• a hotel at Fairfield on Monday 1 September 2014,
• The attempted robbery of a hotel at Allawah on Sunday 7 September 2014,
• a hotel at Ashfield on Sunday 7 September 2014,
• a hotel at Villawood on Thursday 9 September 2014,
• a hotel at Warwick Farm on Monday 13 October 2014,
• a hotel at Merrylands on Wednesday 15 October 2014,
• a hotel at Waitara on Monday 20 October 2014, and;
• a hotel at Smithfield on Wednesday 22 October, 2014
Detectives are continuing their inquiries and have renewed their appeals for anyone with further information to come forward.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.
A mother and son have been committed to stand trial for the stabbing murder of Sydney police officer Bryson Anderson.
Fiona Barbieri, 46, and her 20-year-old son Mitchell Barbieri are accused of killing Detective Inspector Anderson when he was called to a neighbourhood dispute at Oakville in Sydney’s north-west in 2012.
They are charged with murder and wounding with intent to resist arrest.
In Central Local Court magistrate Chris O’Brien has ordered them to stand trial in February 2014.
Police say they went to the property in December 2012 after an urgent call from a neighbour.
The officer was one of a large contingent of police called to the Oakfield home to attend a heated dispute between neighbours.
They say the Barbieri’s fired arrows at them from the house.
Officers say when the Detective Inspector tried to negotiate with them he was stabbed in the neck by Mitchell Barbieri and his mother Fiona Barbieri hit the officer with a hammer.
Magistrate O’Brien said after hearing the evidence there is a “reasonable prospect” a jury would “convict the accused”.
The mother and son have not yet entered a plea to the charges but will be required to in February.
Outside court members of his family told reporters they are pleased the Barbieri’s will stand trial.
Police officer in tears
During the committal hearing today police officer Constable Hannah Watson broke down in tears while giving evidence.
She told the hearing she thought her duty officer had been punched, because she could not see a weapon in Mitchell Barbieri’s hand.
When the officer began sobbing the court was adjourned to allow her to compose herself.
One officer described Fiona Barbieri screaming at police to leave, using foul language.
In court two new charges of resisting arrest were laid against the mother and son.
‘He deserves to f****** die': Court hears how police-killing mother and son shouted as their victim died… before emailing Russian president Vladimir Putin demanding asylum
Fiona Barbieri, and her son Mitchell, pleaded guilty to killing Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson in 2012
Following her arrest, Fiona defended their actions as self-defence during a police interview
The Barbieris had also sent emails to Tony Abbott and Mr Putin, saying: ‘We have every right to defend ourselves, our family and our property’
Inspector Anderson died after he was stabbed by then 19-year-old Mitchell Barbieri following a siege at their rural Oakville property
As he lay dying, the court heard that Fiona was heard yelling, ‘it’s his own f****** fault… he deserves to f****** die’
His family remember him as a larrikin with a great sense of humour
He also volunteered as a firefighter and in the Special Olympics
A Sydney mother, who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a police officer in 2012, sent emails to the Prime Minister and the Russian President in which she defended herself and demanded asylum.
Fiona Barbieri, 47, and her 21-year-old son Mitchell, attended their sentencing hearing in Sydney’s Supreme Court on Wednesday, where the full details surrounding the death of Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson were revealed.
Inspector Anderson died after he was fatally stabbed by then 19-year-old Mitchell Barbieri following a siege at a rural Oakville property in Sydney’s north-west on December 6, 2012.
The police interview of Fiona Barbieri after her arrest in 2012, following the death of a policeman at her property in Sydney’s north-west, was shown to Sydney’s Supreme Court on Wednesday
The 41-year-old and her 21-year-old son Mitchell (pictured) pleaded guilty to killing Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson
During a police interview following the Barbieri’s arrests in 2012, the 47-year-old mother who is believed to have been suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, told officers that Inspector Anderson had been killed in self-defence before demanding asylum in Russia.
In the footage of the police interview attained by Channel Nine, Fiona is heard saying: ‘what happened at our house today, where we were ambushed by an army of police officers, was self-defence.’
She is then handed a telephone by the officers who allow her to call the consulate, to whom she says: ‘It is the Barbieris, president Putin, SOS Australia.’
According to Channel Nine, Fiona was advised by the consulate to forward her request via email, after which she refused to answer further questions from the policemen.
Inspector Anderson (pictured) died after he was fatally stabbed by then 19-year-old Mitchell following a siege at his rural Oakville home on December 6, 2012
In the police interview, Fiona is handed a telephone after demanding asylum in Russia. Police allowed her to call the consulate, to whom she says: ‘It is the Barbieris, president Putin, SOS Australia’
‘We are living here in convict Australia, corrupt convict Australia, and we have been doing our best to get out,’ she told officers.
‘The New South Wales police force is corrupt – that is what we have been standing up against and that is why we are in here today.’
Crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that Fiona and her son had been embroiled in a long-running dispute with their neighbour, which had been fuelled by Ms Barbieri’s paranoia.
On December 6, the tension spiralled out of control when the Barbieris spotted that Mr Waters was installing flood lights on his property.
Fiona – swinging a baseball bat – and Mitchell – armed with a crossbow – confronted the electricians working for Mr Waters.
Mitchell fired two arrows, narrowly missing them both, before he and his mother retreated into their home.
As the first police arrived, the court heard the Barbieris sent an email to a number of politicians, including then opposition leader Tony Abbott and Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying: ‘We have every right to defend ourselves, our family and our property.’
Just over an hour later, it had become a ‘siege situation’ with Fiona and Mitchell screaming at police to ‘f*** off’.
Det Insp Anderson ordered the door to be kicked in and was stabbed twice by Mitchell – once in the cheek and fatally to the chest, Mr Tedeschi said.
As he lay dying, the court heard that Fiona was heard screaming, ‘it’s his own f****** fault.. he fucking deserved it… let the dog c*** die… he deserves to f****** die’.
The policemans wife Donna, said her husband absolutely adored their three children
Murdered police officer Bryson Anderson honoured by family
Bryson Anderson with his wife Donna and children from left to right – Darcy, Cain and Olivia
On the morning they were due to stand trial last week, Mitchell pleaded guilty to the officer’s murder, while his mother – who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia – pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of substantial impairment.
Under legislation passed before parliament, a person convicted of the murder of a police officer while on duty faces a mandatory life sentence.
But Mr Tedeschi said this was not a situation where life imprisonment should apply as Mitchell was influenced by his mother’s delusions.
‘He (Mitchell) had been under the influence of his mother … and her delusions had to some degree been transferred to him,’ Mr Tedeschi said.
Olivia, Cain and Darcy could not speak highly enough of their deceased father
Instead, he said the crown would be seeking a ‘very lengthy’ sentence.
Earlier in the month, Inspector Anderson’s family honoured the man who was a much-loved husband and father of three.
Bryson’s widow Donna Anderson and their three children Olivia, Darcy and Cain could not wipe the smiles off their faces when they told fond stories of how Bryson was always the larrikin of the family.
‘There was the policeman side to him which was incredibly serious – he took his job very seriously -but there was the family side of him where he was just the clown in every family gathering,’ Donna told Channel Nine’s ACA.
‘He just absolutely adored his kids,’ she said. He was a typical dad – he loved dad jokes and if he could embarrass the kids in front of their friends that was even better.’
Police officers and family attend the funeral of the slain officer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta in 2012
The family privately continue to struggle with their loss, and it will be some time before they finally come to terms with the tragedy
His three children could not speak highly enough of their father.
‘He would totally just love life – it was awesome,’ his only daughter Olivia said. ‘Yes, he liked to embarrass us.’
His eldest son, Darcy said he was a great dad who was always a joker.
‘He photo bombed a lot – my first cricket game in my photo – he was in the background,’ he said.
‘Cricket is my life – me and dad built the pitch out the front in 2003 I think.’
‘We got tonnes of dirt and just rolled it and got it all padded down and I just keep mowing it in.’
Bryson’s only daughter Olivia said her father had a great love for life
Darcy loves cricket so much that his father helped build him a cricket pitch in their front yard
Youngest son Cain said his father was always a joker who ‘photo-bombed a lot’
‘He would totally just love life – it was awesome,’ his only daughter Olivia (left) said. ‘Yes, he liked to embarrass us’
Bryson’s family described him as a joker who had a great sense of humour
‘He was always a joker – he photo-bombed a lot,’ his youngest son Cain said.
While being dedicated to his family and career, he also managed to squeeze in volunteering with the Special Olympics, travelling to Vanuatu to give gifts to children and also volunteering as a firefighter.
‘He would come home from the police sometimes he would only be there for an hours or so and then the bells would go off and he would go out to a fire call and he did that for nine years,’ Donna said.
During the committal hearing last year, a number of police officers broke down as they recalled the murder.
At Detective Inspector Anderson’s 2012 funeral, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the decorated officer was admired by his fellow officers for his tenacity and determination, as well as his empathy and compassion.
‘He showed initiative and leadership; intelligence and perseverance; dedication and humility; and, memorably, a ready smile and an engaging way.
‘Bryson drew people to him, without guile and without effort.’
The matter will return to court later this month.
Mother and son Fiona and Mitchell Barbieri plead not guilty to Sydney policeman Bryson Anderson’s murder
Fri 7 Feb 2014, 1:41pm
A mother and son accused of murdering a Sydney police officer have pleaded not guilty.
Fiona and Mitchell Barbieri formally entered their pleas in the NSW Supreme Court this morning ahead of their trial later this year.
The 46-year-old and her 20-year-old son were charged after the death of Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson at Oakville on Sydney’s north-western outskirts in December 2012.
Inspector Anderson was part of a large contingent of police called to attend a heated neighbourhood dispute.
Police say the Barbieri’s fired arrows at them from their house.
Inspector Anderson then tried to negotiate with the pair for several minutes, when he was allegedly stabbed in the neck by Mitchell Barbieri and hit with a hammer by Fiona Barbieri.
The 45-year-old officer was rushed by paramedics to Windsor Hospital but died soon afterwards.
The Barbieris have also pleaded not guilty to additional charges laid late last year of wounding with intent to resist arrest.
In an earlier hearing a fellow officer who witnessed Inspector Anderson’s death broke down in court as she recalled the events.
Constable Hannah Watson told the court she initially thought her duty officer had been punched, because she could not see a weapon in Mitchell Barbieri’s hand.
Mother, son admit to killing police officer Bryson Anderson
A mother and son have pleaded guilty to killing a New South Wales police officer called to their home in Sydney’s north-west.
According to police, Mitchell Barbieri, 21, and his 47-year-old mother, Fiona, barricaded themselves inside their Oakville home when New South Wales police officer Bryson Anderson responded to an urgent call from neighbours in December 2012.
They say the pair fired arrows at the officer and attacked the 45-year-old with a knife and a hammer.
Mitchell Barbieri pleaded guilty to murdering Anderson, while Fiona Barbieri pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Prosecutors accepted her guilty plea to the lesser charge because she had “a substantial impairment brought about by an abnormality of mind” at the time.
The pair made their pleas in the Supreme Court the day their six-week trial was due to start.
They will return to court next week for a sentencing hearing.
Anderson, who held the rank of Detective Inspector, was one of several officers who attended the Barbieris’ home after reports of a feud between neighbours.
Colleagues say that when he tried to negotiate with the family, he was stabbed in the neck by Mitchel Barbieri and hit with a hammer by his mother.
What a sad but also appalling situation, for a mother (or father or both) to dump a baby physically down the drain, allegedly dropping the tot 2.4 metres. Thank god for a real hero and the babies guardian angel in cyclist family David Otte and his daughter Hayley who were riding past and heard the cries.
It is disgusting, but I understand the bleeding hearts who will rush to the mothers defence. This is bullshit.Take or leave the baby in hospital when it was born.
Dramatic moment miracle baby was pulled from storm drain after surviving five days
Newborn survived in five days before cyclists heard cries
Boy has bleeding on the brain but is in a stable condition
Mother, 30, made full confession, police tell court
She hid pregnancy from family and father
THE boy miraculously found alive in a storm drain after being allegedly dumped by his mother is bleeding from the brain but in a stable condition in hospital.
And as Sydney prays he recovers fully from his injuries this morning, a fresh image has emerged showing the dramatic moment rescuers pulled him to safety.
It shows a policeman holds aloft the boy, swaddled in a pink blanket, after going into the 2m drain after emergency services were tipped off by a couple of cyclists who heard the baby’s cries. The cyclists anxiously watch on.
The newborn’s 30-year-old mother was formally charged with the sickening incident in Blacktown Local Court yesterday.
Clip from The Today Show which captured the dramatic moment the drain baby was pulled alive from his home of five days. Picture: Jason DonnellySource: Twitter
Despite the charge, the Samoan woman has been given the privilege of naming him – and has chosen a biblical name.
For legal reasons we cannot reveal it, but it is associated with one of the most infamous child death cases in Australian history.
Police told the court she had made a full admission, saying that she had put “the less than 24-hour-old baby down the drain knowing it may kill the baby”.
She allegedly went straight from Blacktown Hospital to the drain.
Also yesterday, it emerged the woman had hid her pregnancy from her family.
Family and friends of the woman who dumped her newborn baby down a drain leave Blacktown Court. They cannot be identified for legal reasons. Picture: John Grainger.Source: Supplied
Her son lay for five days undiscovered inside the pit off a cycleway next to the M7 at Quakers Hill until bike riders heard him crying on Sunday morning and he was recovered, severely dehydrated.
Experts have said the combination of the lack of rain, insulation from the heat by concrete and babies’ natural ability to survive without food in early life all contributed to his survival.
Doctors confirmed his condition had improved in The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Family and community services minister Gabrielle Upton declined to comment when asked last night if she knew the mother had been allowed to name her baby.
Police will allege his mother left Blacktown Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, November 18, after giving birth at 1am that morning.
A soft toy is left at the site beside the M7 in Quakers Hill where the newborn was found on Sunday. Picture: Melvyn KnipeSource: News Corp Australia
She allegedly caught a bus and train to the stormwater drain, where she dumped the newborn. He was about 17 hours old when he was forced inside a small opening with a 200kg concrete lid covering the drain.
The woman broke up with a boyfriend in the early stages of her pregnancy this year and hid it from him, as well as from her family. It is possible he never realised he was to become a father.
The site where the drain is located along the M7 cycleway.Source: Supplied
“It’s shocking. We had no idea, she seemed fine. I just thought she had put on a bit of weight,” a close family member said.
The court heard the woman, who lives in Quakers Hill with her aunt, uncle and a cousin, had no community ties and was a flight risk
Her immediate family members live in Samoa, where her parents are heavily involved in church missions.
Grasping each other’s hands and holding back tears, her relatives sat in court yesterday as a mental health examination was ordered. Outside the court a bystander shouted: “Shame.”
She made no application for bail, which was formally refused. The woman is due to appear in Penrith Local Court on Friday. The baby will remain in the care of the state.
Inside the drain you get a clearer indication of the 2.4m drop the child endured after being dumped beside the M7. Picture Cameron RichardsonSource: News Corp Australia
Westlink M7 staff use a crane to put the cover back onto the drain after it was removed earlier to save the baby. Picture: Cameron RichardsonSource: News Corp Australia
Patrick Morgan, Mark McAllister and Darren McIntyre were the first police officers on the scene. Picture: Cameron RichardsonSource: News Corp Australia
THE mother of a baby found in a drain at Quakers Hill this morning has now been identified by police.
There are fears the newborn baby boy may have suffered internal injuries after being dropped down a 2.4m-deep drain near the M7 Motorway.
The dad and daughter who found the baby visited the Children’s Hospital at Westmead this afternoon to deliver a package of baby clothes.
David Otte and his daughter Hayley, as well as her mum Michelle, dropped off three sets of baby clothes, a new baby blanket and a face washer and towel.
“We wanted to see him, but the hospital said we weren’t able to at the moment,” Mr Otte said outside of hospital.
“We’d all really love a chance to see him again. Today has been such an emotional experience for everyone.”
Mrs Otte said the family was moved to give the little boy the gifts because “he really doesn’t have anything”.
“We have family, we have each other. He didn’t have anything.”
As a result of hospital record checks and doorknocks, the mother has been identified as a 20-year-old Quakers Hill woman.
She is currently assisting police with inquiries at Blacktown Police Station.
Mr Otte was cycling along the path with his 18-year-old daughter this morning when he heard the baby screaming.
“We were going on a leisurely ride, my daughter and I, and came across a noise that we could hear,” Mr Otte said.
“We actually thought it was a kitten and when we went down there we could hear exactly what it was, you could definitely tell it was a baby screaming.”
Mr Otte said he cycles on the path once a month and was about to turn around and head home when he heard the baby’s cries.
“Luckily we were there, someone was looking over us and told us to stop and have a look,” he said.
Cyclist David Otte and daughter Hayley found a baby boy whilst riding along a bike track beside the M7. Picture: Cameron Richardsonbloody heroes!
Inspector David Lagats, from Quakers Hill police, said the boy was malnourished and undergoing medical tests at Westmead Children’s Hospital.
“He’s said to be in a serious but stable condition. The hospital estimates the baby to be two to three days old,” Insp Lagats said.
“He was already malnourished and dehydration would have taken effect so I would have had grave fears for the child’s welfare had it been exposed to this weather for the rest of the day.
“The umbilical cord had been cut and had been clamped. It appears to have had some medical intervention since its birth.”
Of concern is the height that the baby may have fallen from, Quakers Hill duty officer Inspector David Lagats said.
There was a gap between the ground and the concrete slab, big enough to put the child through, and police believe he dropped 2.4m.
Inside the drain you get a clearer indication of the 2.4m drop the child endured after being dumped beside the M7. Picture Cameron Richardson
Westlink M7 staff use a crane to put the cover back onto the drain after it was removed earlier to save the baby. Picture: Cameron Richardson
The child is thought to be of Indian or Middle Eastern appearance.
Some of the cyclists who found him saw an Indian male in an orange shirt walking on the cycle track moments after they heard the baby’s cries.
Senior-Constable Mark McAlister was among the first on the scene and climbed into the drain with another detective to pull the distressed baby out.
“When I arrived there were several bike riders, cyclists and pedestrians standing around the drain. Myself and several other police have come up, we heard something coming from the drain,” Sen-Constable McAlister said.
Patrick Morgan, Mark McAllister and Darren McIntyre were the first police officers on the scene. Picture: Cameron Richardson
BUBS THAT WENT BEFORE…
August 2012:Six-week-old baby dumped on Joseph St, Lidcombe. Parents found arguing at Lidcombe station and child removed from family.
March 2013:Baby Ahn, abandoned hours after being born at Canterbury Hospital. 30-year-old Korean mother left him at the hospital.
April 2014: Baby “Mai”, 18-month-old left on the doorstep of a Western Sydney home. Mother was taken to immigration detention but released on a bridging visa.
“At least six of us have then lifted up the concrete drain lid, when we’ve opened it we’ve sighted the small baby wrapped up in a hospital blanket. He appeared very young.
“How could someone do it? I, myself, have kids and we’re expecting a baby in a few more months so it’s not good that someone’s going through this and has done this to a little one.
“It was a bit surreal really. It’s great that someone actually stopped and heard it and had the initiative to give us a call.”
A photo of the baby boy in Sen-Constable McAlister’s arms has been widely circulated on social media this morning as police attempt to find the baby’s parents.
Lisa Charet, district director from the Department of Families and Community Services, said it was likely the child would be released from hospital into the care of the state.
“At this stage we are really worried about his welfare and mum’s. We can give her the help and support that she needs. She must be feeling enormously distressed,” Ms Charet said.
The child’s cry was heard coming from beneath the concrete slab to the right. Picture: Cameron Richardson
“When this sort of thing happens, people are in a place of desperation.”
With temperatures tipped to peak above 40C in Western Sydney today there were concerns the child would have died if he had been found later in the day.
A kid caught a few years back on CCTV trying to break into an old PitchnPutt venue may crack the cold case here. HIS DNA also belongs to the unidentified DNA of the man that murdered (or was present) in 1999 when Irma Palasics was bashed to death in the killers search for money and jewelery in the home…SOMEONE can help, and knows who it is! This new DNA technique could soon be solving Crimes decades old on a regular basis through the children of criminals
Make sure to watch the 60 minutes story which run last night. (2 parts down the page)
Simply put this persons father was involved. The first of the young group of fools who tried to break into PitchnPutt may be able to make 500,000 by identifying the person in the video leading to an arrest and conviction!
A murder mystery like no other – two apparently unrelated crimes, 11 years apart. One is a relatively harmless teenage prank. The other a cowardly murder of a Canberra grandmother. 72 year old Irma Palacsics was bashed and murdered in her own home in 1999. Fifteen years on, the killers probably thought they’d got away with it, but a recent break-in at a local “pitch and putt”, has this cold case warming up. Extraordinary new forensic science has linked the two crimes and, now, a son is about to betray his killer father.
New DNA technology has linked the cold-case murder of a 72-year-old woman in 1999 to a golf course burglary more than 10 years later, ACT Policing say.
Irma Palasics and her husband Gregor were bound, gagged and viciously bashed when two men broke in and ransacked their home on Grover Crescent in McKellar on November 6, 1999.
After the offenders left, Mr Palasics was able to free himself and phone police, but Mrs Palasics died from her injuries.
Mr Palasics, severely injured, traumatised and grief-stricken, died within a year.
Years later, sensitive new technology used to examine DNA evidence from the scene linked Mrs Palasics’ death to what would seem like an unconnected incident in 2010, when four teenagers broke into the Woden Pitch and Putt.
Police have revealed the DNA evidence suggested a child-parent link, between a perpetrator of the Pitch and Putt break-in and what happened at the Palasics’ home.
Senior Constable Jarryd Dunbar told Channel Nine the tests suggested the son of one of Mrs Palasics’ attackers was involved in the Pitch and Putt break-in, although there was a small possibility it could have been someone from his extended family.
He said the son was believed to have been at an 18th birthday party at the Slovenian-Australian Association across the road from the Pitch and Putt earlier that evening.
“Whoever was at that party will be able to identify who those persons are in the CCTV,” he said.
About a year later on October 10, 1998, two men were disturbed by Mrs Palasics in the process of a another burglary.
Mrs Palasics was assaulted and during a struggle she managed to pull the balaclava from the head of one offender before both men escaped.
Police said new DNA technology had also helped them link the man wearing the balaclava to the eventual murder scene in McKellar.
DNA taken from a number of tape lifts from the balaclava matched DNA profiles from the the Palasics’ home after the murder.
Officers said it was the first time a link had been established between the two crime scenes.
Police were told by a witness to the aggravated robbery that a man got into a 1980s model silver or blue-coloured sedan with a possibly faulty headlines and ACT rego plates on Quiros Street in Red Hill.
Officers believe this man was one of the offenders.
The witness also told police he saw a second witness walking his dog in the area, who looked about 45 to 50 years old, around 186cm tall, with a solid build, short black, curly hair and a black beard.
The man was wearing black rimmed glasses, a dark long-sleeved shirt and long pants, and was walking a tan labrador or retriever dog.
Police said they suspected all three incidents were linked and have released a computer-generated image of a suspect from the 1998 burglary.
They have also released an image of the potential witness who was walking his dog.
There is a $500,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Mrs Palasics’ killers and police have urged people with information to come forward to help solve the crime.
Mrs Palasics’ daughter Elizabeth Mikita said the family were unable to move on without knowing her killed their mother.
“She was a lovely, caring person, much loved by her family and friends and we think about her every day,” she said.
“Her death has been devastating and while we continue to recover 15 years on, we need to know who killed her and why.
“Without answers to these questions we cannot move forward, we cannot rest and we cannot overcome our grief.”
Ms Mikita said the people who killed her mother not only took her life, but also her father’s.
“He was never the same after her death. He died believing that he had failed to protect his wife. It wasn’t his fault and he didn’t deserve to live out the final years of his life blaming himself,” she said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the website. Information can be provided anonymously.
A special phone-in to try to uncover more information about the case has been organised for Thursday – the 15th anniversary of Mrs Palasics’ death.
In August 2012 police released CCTV footage of an attempted aggravated burglary at Pitch & Putt in Phillip which took place 1.50am, Sunday 16 May 2010. Five teenagers appear in the CCTV footage, showing them break into the Pitch & Putt golf course by charging at the metal roller door of the storage area.
Police believe forensic evidence links the Pitch & Putt attempted burglary with the crime scene in November 1999 which resulted in the murder of Irma Palasics.
Police are urging anyone with any information, no matter how small, to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be provided anonymously.
A $500 000 reward is in place for information leading to the apprehension and subsequent conviction of the person(s) responsible for Irma’s murder and an appropriate indemnity from prosecution will be considered for any accomplice who first gives information.
So the AFL media are protecting another loser! This bloke Trent Dumont… What a tool, a grub, and another loser who had no idea how good he had it! Apparently thumped the driver and robbed him of his cash!
How did Trent Dumont get himself into this, not a good look is it
North Melbourne player under police investigation
October 28, 2014 – 4:02PM
A North Melbourne player is under police investigation for an alleged robbery of a taxi driver in South Australia.
The incident reportedly happened in the early hours of Sunday October 12.
The player was one of two men involved in the incident where the driver was allegedly threatened and money was stolen.
In a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, the Kangaroos said: “The North Melbourne Football Club can confirm that a member of its playing list is currently assisting South Australian Police in relation to an incident that is alleged to have occurred in South Australia earlier this month.
“As this is a matter of ongoing police inquiry, no further comment will be made by the club until it is in a position to do so.”
North Melbourne AFL player investigated over taxi incident
Posted about an hour agoTue 28 Oct 2014, 6:07pm
The AFL has confirmed a North Melbourne player is one of two men under police investigation over the alleged robbery of a taxi driver in South Australia.
Police have not yet named the player.
He and another man were alleged to have threatened the driver in the early hours of October 12.
The pair was alleged to have assaulted the driver when he refused their demands, stolen his money and fled the scene.
Police said the taxi driver was not seriously hurt.
The club said the man was a member of the playing list and was “currently assisting South Australian Police” in relation to the incident.
“As this is a matter of ongoing police inquiry, no further comment will be made by the club until it is in a position to do so,” North Melbourne said in a statement.
North Melbourne’s Trent Dumont charged over alleged robbery of taxi driver