Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Cabinet approves reward for unsolved murder

    29/09/2021 9:00 AM
    • $250,000 reward offered to help solve murder mystery
    • McGowan Government supporting police to apprehend offenders and bring them to justice

    Police Minister Paul Papalia today announced a reward of up to $250,000 to help solve a two-decade murder mystery in Perth's north-eastern suburbs.


    Andrew Podpinka was 43 years old when he was found stabbed to death in his Morley home on March 4, 1999.


    He was last seen alive by a neighbour about 2.45pm as he collected mail outside his Hannans Street home.


    When his wife and daughter returned from a shopping trip an hour later, Mr Podpinka was dead in the master bedroom.


    He had suffered extensive wounds to his chest and back.


    State Cabinet approved the reward following a request from the Special Crime - Homicide Squad, which is currently reviewing the case.


    The Government may be prepared to consider recommending a protection from prosecution, or pardon for anyone with information that leads to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for Mr Podpinka's homicide, provided that the informant was not directly responsible for the homicide.


    Comments attributed to Police Minister Paul Papalia:


    "This was a brutal killing of a man who was attacked while sitting inside his own home.


    "Investigators are confident someone in the community knows what happened that day in March 1999.


    "I hope this reward might prompt someone to come forward and give information to detectives.


    "For the sake of Mr Podpinka's family, who have suffered pain and anguish for more than 20 years, I urge you to speak up."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600