Renewed search for killer who stabbed a father to death in his home two decades ago – as authorities offer $250,000 reward for information to crack cold case
- A $250,000 reward has been offered to solve a two-decade-old murder
- Andrew Podpinka, 43, was found dead in his home in March 1999
- He suffered extensive chest and back wounds at the house in northeast Perth
- Authorities said protections against prosecution could be available for information
Western Australian authorities have offered a $250,000 reward for information to solve a two-decade-old murder.
A $250,000 reward has been offered for an attempt to solve a two-decade-old murder in Western Australia, and people who come forward could receive immunity from prosecution.
In March 1999, Andrew Podpinka was found dead at his home in Morley in the northeastern suburbs of Perth by his wife and daughter as they returned from shopping.
A $250,000 reward has been offered for solving a two-decade-old murder investigation in Perth’s northeastern suburbs (stock)
The 43-year-old was found in the bedroom with extensive wounds to his chest and back.
“This was a brutal murder of a man who was attacked while he was sitting in his own home,” Police Secretary Paul Papalia said on Wednesday.
“Detectives are confident that someone in the community knows what happened that day.
“I hope this reward can encourage someone to come forward and give information to detectives.
“In the interest of Mr. Podpinka’s family, who have suffered pain and anguish for more than twenty years, I urge you to open your mouth.”
Papalia said authorities may be willing to consider protection from prosecution or pardon for anyone with information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for Mr Podpina’s murder.
This provided that the informant was not directly responsible for the murder.
Assistant Police Commissioner Brad Royce said the investigation into Mr Podpina’s murder has always remained active.
“We don’t store files. We will continue,” he said.
Andrew Podpinka, 43, was stabbed and murdered at his home in Morley in March 1999 (stock)
“We are now where we exhausted the opportunities we had in the original scene.
“Now we’re asking people who might know something to come forward and help us and help the Podpinka family.”
Mr Royce said developments in forensic technology had advanced the investigation, but more information was needed.
Mr Podpinka was a frail man with a physical disability and would not have been able to fend off an attacker.
Papalia said it would be “incredibly valuable” for his family to bring someone to justice.
He said the reward has been approved by the state cabinet following a recommendation from the police.