Investigation continues into 2011 murder of Saso Ristevski, NSW

Detectives investigating the murder of a man from the Illawarra six years ago are reappealing for assistance from the community, NSW Police say.

Strike Force Calligan was established by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, with assistance from Lake Illawarra and Wollongong detectives, to investigate a series of murders in the Illawarra that are believed to be linked.

The investigation includes the murder of 37-year-old Saso Ristevski six years ago today.

Mr Ristevski was at his parents’ home on Barina Avenue, Lake Heights, when he was allegedly confronted by three men about 8.30pm on Wednesday the 28 September 2011. He was shot and died at the scene.

Two men have previously been charged in relation to the incident. They remain before the courts.

As their inquiries continue, Strike Force Calligan detectives are continuing to appeal for information to identify a man, who is believed to have been in the area at the time of the murder.

At the time of the incident, the man was described as being aged in his 30s, of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, with an olive complexion, about 185-190cm tall, and a with muscular build.

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The Homicide Squad’s Detective Chief Inspector David Laidlaw said even six years on, investigators are still keen to speak with anyone who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

“Strike Force Calligan investigators are focused on providing answers to Saso Ristevski’s family, and we know there are people out there who have those answers,” Det Ch Insp Laidlaw said.

“Mr Ristevski was particularly brazen – he was visiting his parents – but thankfully, they were not seriously injured.

“In particular, we would like to identify and locate this man, as we believe he may be able to assist us with our investigation.

“Obviously, I would urge anyone who has information about Mr Ristevski’s murder to get in touch with us as soon as possible,” Det Ch Insp Laidlaw said.

Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Calligan investigators to call Crime Stoppers.