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Australia Australia - Irma Palasics, 72, McKellar, ACT, 6 Nov 1999

Discussion in 'Cold Cases' started by marlywings, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. marlywings

    marlywings Former Member

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    Irma Palasics - $500 000 reward

    About 9.30pm on Saturday 6 November 1999 two men forced their way into the McKellar home of elderly couple, Gregor and Irma Palasics.

    The couple were bound and savagely beaten before the men ransacked their home and stole cash and jewellery. Irma did not survive her injuries and died at the scene.

    Gregor and Irma were victims of a burglary in 1997 and an aggravated burglary in 1998 when they lived in Red Hill.

    During the burglary in 1997 unknown offender(s) stole a large sum of cash and jewellery.

    Police suspect that a possible link exists between the burglaries in 1997 and 1998 and the home invasion (aggravated burglary) on 6 November which resulted in the murder of Irma Palasics.

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    http://www.police.act.gov.au/en/crime-and-safety/unsolved/irma-palasics.aspx
     
  2. marlywings

    marlywings Former Member

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    Recent developments

    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.

    Reward Poster

    http://www.police.act.gov.au/en/crime-and-safety/unsolved/irma-palasics.aspx
     
  3. marlywings

    marlywings Former Member

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    Earlier reports....

    Police renew appeal for assistance on the anniversary of murder

    Release Date: Tuesday, November 06 2012, 12:25 PM

    Today (Tuesday, November 6) marks 13 years since grandmother, Irma Palasics, was brutally murdered at her home in McKellar.

    ACT Policing Criminal Investigations Detectives from the Homicide team were outside the Woden Plaza this morning speaking with members of the public, in the hope someone can assist in identifying the teenagers present at an attempted aggravated burglary which could possibly be linked to the murder.

    In August this year police released CCTV footage of the attempted aggravated burglary which occurred in Phillip on May 16 2010 at the Pitch & Putt. Evidence left at the scene of that attempted burglary may be linked to other evidence left at the scene of Irma’s murder 13 years ago.

    ACT Policing is still calling for the people involved in the attempted aggravated burglary, or anyone who thinks they might know the offenders involved, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

    About 9.30pm on Saturday, November 6 1999 two men forced their way into the home of elderly couple, Gregor and Irma Palasics in Grover Crescent, McKellar.

    Mr and Mrs Palasics were bound and savagely beaten before the men ransacked their home, stealing cash and jewellery.

    After the offenders left, Mr Palasics was able to free himself and phone police however, the injuries suffered by his wife were too severe and she died at the scene.

    The reward for information leading to the successful resolution of Irma Palasics’s murder has increased to $500 000. Indemnity from prosecution will be considered for any accomplice who first gives information.

    For more information on the murder of Irma Palasics visit the ACT Policing website at www.police.act.gov.au.

    http://www.police.act.gov.au/en/med...-assistance-on-the-anniversary-of-murder.aspx
     
  4. marlywings

    marlywings Former Member

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    https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/2541165...irma-palasic-killing-and-2010-woden-break-in/
     
  6. they'll get you

    they'll get you CHRIS. P. BACON

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    That was a brilliant story from 60 minutes last night.
    Poor Irma, the bastards broke her nose then duct taped her mouth and she died because her airway was blocked. The photos showed Mr Palasics horrific injuries to his face and he died a couple of years later.
    The Palasics moved because of the break ins and then the last was a violent home invasion, it appears the thieving murderers got the Palasic's life savings and jewellery. It's heartbreaking, why can't our old people live in peace without this? I understand their daughter wants revenge, I would too.
    It's amazing what DNA & forensics technology can achieve and the possibility to find the murderer from the son's DNA! The son better keep his nose clean.
     
  7. TootsieFootsie

    TootsieFootsie Well-Known Member

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    Nothing new to report since November 2014


    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-...loser-to-solving-irma-palasics-murder/5882430

    "Detective Senior Constable Dunbar said detectives had received some leads in relation to people involved in the Pitch and Putt break-in.

    "We are confident we are moving towards identifying the five of those people involved," he said.

    The teens are believed to have been at an 18th birthday party at the Slovenian-Australian Association across the road from the Pitch and Putt earlier in the evening.

    Police said people who were at the party may be able to help them.

    "Also in relation to some of the face-fits we were provided, we have been provided with some suggestions about who those people might be and we will be working through that information throughout the week and in the coming weeks as well."


    Irma Palasics murder: Detectives 'closer to catching killers after phone-in'
     
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    TootsieFootsie Well-Known Member

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    Hi Theywillgetyou, it is interesting why the DNA link in question is a father-son one and not a brother-brother one, or may be some other close relation?

    Another question (to everyone interested) that comes in mind is why the burglars kept pursuing the Palasics from Red Hill to MacKellar? It really looks like they knew the Palasics and perhaps hated them for some reason. May be one of the burglars was connected to Gregor through business, services, social connections or was closely related to someone who was connected. To me it looks like they knew that the Palasics had cash and valuables at home and that could limit the circle of suspects.
     
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    Back in the 1990s, there were several cases of theft and burglary in the Hungarian Club with large sums of money stolen. I wonder if those burglaries and the Palasics case are related. May be the Palasics knew who the burglars were?
     
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    Both burglaries took place in the early spring, and the 1997 theft - in June. It looks like the burglars were desperate for large sums of cash in the cold season. May be they were seasonal workers? Away from Canberra in summer and back in winter? Or may be they were in prison short term and then out and moneyless. It looks like all three crimes were committed by someone with criminal experience (too ruthless) and knowledge of the money at Palasics' home.
     
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    Just a thought. The attacks in 1998 and 1999 were exceptionally brutal. It is reasonable to suggest that they were executed by experienced criminals, already featured in police reports or some sort of complaints (school fights, domestic violence, neighbours or some such). The police should look at those who appears as 'extremely violent' in those reports and match with the car data ("silver or light blue coloured sedan, with a possible faulty headlight and ACT registration plates.") I believe the ciminalas in question had already been back then in police records or even did their time for some minor crimes.

    Another thought is, they knew about cash before the first invasion in 1997 and they knew the Palasics' new address after they had moved from Red Hill to MacKellar. So they either had some link to the family or were related in some way via business or services. There were no databases back in those days, so the only way they could learn the new address that quick is via some personal contact.
     

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