Homicide Squad detectives are appealing for public assistance and have released CCTV of a vehicle of interest to the investigation into the death of a man in Sydney’s north-west last year.
Just before 12.30am on Wednesday 29 April 2020, emergency services were called to a home on Tallowwood Avenue, Cherrybrook, following reports two men had forced entry to the home.
Police attended and located the occupants, an 86-year-old man and 83-year-old woman, with serious head injuries.
They were treated at the scene before being taken by NSW Ambulance paramedics to Westmead Hospital, where the man, Kalim Saliba, later died.
Officers from Ryde Police Area Command established a crime scene, which was examined by specialist forensic officers, and commenced inquiries into the incident before detectives from the Homicide Squad took carriage of the investigation under Strike Force McCleery.
As their inquiries continue, detectives have released CCTV of a grey Audi TT RS, which was seen travelling in the vicinity of Tallowwood Avenue, Cherrybrook, prior to – and immediately after – the murder took place.
Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Daniel Doherty, said an extensive review of CCTV from the surrounding areas at the time of Mr Saliba’s murder identified the Audi as a vehicle of interest.
“Over the last 18 months, investigators have worked tirelessly to locate the Audi, which we believe was used in this heinous crime, and we’re now asking for public assistance in the hope someone may recognise it,” Det Supt Doherty said.
“This is a luxury, high-performance car and we believe it would’ve been noticeable to residents and others in the Cherrybrook area late at night, when the violent murder of Mr Saliba took place.
“I urge anyone who recognises this vehicle, or who may have information about its owner or current location, to contact police,” Det Supt Doherty said.
Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force McCleery investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.