New Zealander arrested over historic South Australia murder

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 17, 2018

The 43-year-old has been granted interim name suppression in court today after he was arrested at Piha last night.

The warrant relates to the historic murder of 42 year old South Australian man Robert Sabeckis who was shot dead in the Gull Rock vehicle park at Maslin Beach, south of Adelaide, about 1.15am on 13 January 2000.

The arrest came after police in South Australia earlier linked the man by DNA to the killing of Robert Peter Sabeckis on January 13, 2000.

Sabeckis, 42, was murdered at a vehicle park on Tuit Road, Maslin Beach - a southern coastal suburb of Adelaide.

Sabeckis died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

A witness who followed the auto, told police that after it drove along Bowering Hill Rd and onto Tuit Rd the vehicle crashed into bushes and a fence, with the offender then running away across paddocks towards the direction of Port Willunga.

Police found a sawn-off shotgun and jacket in the area.

It is alleged that the gun was used to kill Mr Sabeckis and the jacket belonged to his killer.

The shotgun and another firearm were stolen during a break-in at Aldinga Beach south of Adelaide on New Year's Eve - just days before Mr Sabeckis was murdered.

The house was then burned down, destroying potential forensic evidence.

DNA believed to belong to the killer was taken from several items.

It was never matched to anyone until a change in New Zealand legislation allowed overseas law enforcement agencies to apply for access.

An Auckland man has been arrested by New Zealand Police over a historic murder in Australia.

South Australia Police will seek his extradition to Adelaide to face a charge of murder. It is expected the man will appear in Waitakere District Court on Friday where extradition proceedings will commence.

The arrest comes after Australian authorities were given access to the New Zealand National DNA Database.

Thanks to a change in New Zealand legislation in 2016, police in Australia were able to find a DNA match.

He said the warrant was endorsed for execution in New Zealand under relevant legal provisions.

Other than that offence, the man was not on the local police radar.

In 2009, South Australian Police offered a $200,000 reward to help solve the murder.

He added that worldwide law enforcement agencies are working closer together to catch serious offenders who flee jurisdictions.

New Zealand Police said it would not be making further comments regarding the homicide investigation and any media queries needed to be referred to South Australia Police.

Police are seeking information from anyone who recalls a 25-year-old man of Maori or Pacific Islander appearance living in Aldam St, Aldinga Beach in 2000.

"He drove a brown or gold coloured Holden Gemini and attended Adult Learning at the Christies Beach High School in 2000", he said.

The man will be handed over to South Australia police next week after his travel documents are prepared.

They are also keen to hear from anyone with information about the theft of the firearms, or the pistol that was taken that night and has not been recovered.

Police have asked anybody with information about the above to come forward.

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