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Police linking 2010 robbery to a 1999 murder

By johnboy - 29 August 2012 20

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ACT Policing has uncovered important new information which indicates a possible link between two Canberra crime scenes, some 12 years apart, which may assist in solving the 1999 murder of McKellar woman Irma Palasics.

While the two crimes appear unrelated, police are releasing CCTV footage of an aggravated burglary which occurred in Phillip around 1.50am on Sunday, May 16 2010 in the hope of identifying those involved, and interviewing them.

The CCTV footage shows a group of teenagers break into the Pitch & Putt golf course in Irving St, Phillip by charging at the metal roller door of the storage area.

The male youths forced the roller door from its frame causing it to fall inside the premises.

Police believe one of the four young men involved in the Pitch & Putt burglary in 2010 may be able to provide information crucial to revitalising the Palasics homicide investigation. At this time, ACT Policing is unable to reveal the nature of the new information indicating a possible link between the crimes at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation

The Palasics murder is one of six major unsolved homicides in the ACT.

Around 9.30pm on Saturday, November 6, 1999, two men forced their way into the Palasics’ home. The elderly couple were bound and savagely beaten before the intruders ransacked the home, stealing cash and jewellery. Gregor managed to free himself and phone police however, the injuries suffered by his wife were too severe and she died at the scene.

ACT Policing is releasing the two-year-old CCTV footage of the Pitch and Putt golf course burglary in the hope that those involved, or anyone who recognises them, will contact police to assist with their investigation into the murder of Irma Palasics on November 6 1999.

Anyone who can assist is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]


UPDATE 29/08/12 12:24: The video is now on the police website.

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Police linking 2010 robbery to a 1999 murder
cranky 6:08 pm 29 Aug 12

A bit of Wiki’ing confirms that familial DNA has resulted in the conviction of crims.

Identify the Pitch and Putt turkey, and the long arm will hopefully extend to the murderer.

Grrrr 5:30 pm 29 Aug 12

cranky said :

Is there such a thing as ‘family’ DNA profile? Maybe not a perfedt match, but obviously very similar? Son, brother?

Yes, a child gets half of their Autosomal DNA from one parent, and the other half from the other parent!

Whether the police testing is detailed enough to show familial similarity I have no idea. From what I’ve read, in the USA the FBI’s CODIS database contains just test a few markers which separates the sample taken from a sizable majority of the population. No idea whether it’s the same here … Maybe a match at that level has been found and that’s enough to re-open the investigation? Hopefully someone with a clue about Biology + our Forensic testing can fill us in!

Jivrashia 5:04 pm 29 Aug 12

cranky said :

Is there such a thing as ‘family’ DNA profile? Maybe not a perfedt match, but obviously very similar? Son, brother?

That thought occurred to me as well.
There are certain features of a human anatomy that are passed down to the offspring genetically.
If either parents have “it” then the child is guaranteed to have “it” as well.
For example: short-sightedness, longer second toe.

but I couldn’t spot anything unusual from the four in the video.

cranky said :

The first individual walking towards the camera in the CCTV shots certainly has an unusual walking gait.

A visiting sailor perhaps?

Sammy 4:54 pm 29 Aug 12

The potential link is that they’re all stupid. I agree, it’s a long bow.

cranky 4:38 pm 29 Aug 12

Is there such a thing as ‘family’ DNA profile? Maybe not a perfedt match, but obviously very similar? Son, brother?

The first individual walking towards the camera in the CCTV shots certainly has an unusual walking gait. Maybe someone will recognise him.

colourful sydney rac 3:34 pm 29 Aug 12

bundah said :

This is somewhat intriguing given that the young man the police mention would only have been around 10 years of age when the murder occurred.I’m looking forward to more being revealed.

+1

bundah 3:20 pm 29 Aug 12

This is somewhat intriguing given that the young man the police mention would only have been around 10 years of age when the murder occurred.I’m looking forward to more being revealed.

G-Fresh 3:03 pm 29 Aug 12

Jivrashia said :

At this time, ACT Policing is unable to reveal the nature of the new information indicating a possible link between the crimes at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation

Damn it, just spill the beans already for Pete’s sakes.

Judging by the video they left prints? They may have been run against unsolved crimes.

Alright that’s enough CSI Mr Fresh. Back away.

Jivrashia 1:43 pm 29 Aug 12

At this time, ACT Policing is unable to reveal the nature of the new information indicating a possible link between the crimes at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation

Damn it, just spill the beans already for Pete’s sakes.

Katietonia 1:42 pm 29 Aug 12

As a friend of the family, I hope that the killers are finally caught, and the family can find some peace.

PantsMan 12:37 pm 29 Aug 12

Nice to know the Police distinguish between major and minor homicides.

Madman 12:21 pm 29 Aug 12
johnboy 11:27 am 29 Aug 12

We have asked that question and will let you know when we do.

cross 11:26 am 29 Aug 12

Where would one view said video ?

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 11:18 am 29 Aug 12

scum

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