Police arrest man in Victoria over 1986 murder of Tatiana Sokoloff – Unsolved Homicide Unit

A man has been arrested in Victoria over the 1986 murder of Tatiana Sokoloff in Sydney’s inner west.

Emergency services were called to a home on Dudley Street, Haberfield, about 11pm on Saturday 6 September 1986, after the body of 56-year-old Tatiana Sokoloff was found on the back veranda.

A post mortem examination found she died from head injuries and strangulation.

Local police and detectives from the Homicide Squad conducted a thorough investigation at the time, however, no one was charged over her murder.

In August 2018, detectives from the Homicide Squad’s Unsolved Homicide Unit established Strike Force Nickleby to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding the murder.

Following extensive inquiries, Strike Force Nickleby detectives applied for an arrest warrant for a 63-year-old man, who was believed to be living interstate.

About 4pm yesterday (Thursday 12 December 2019), the man was arrested by Victoria Police, in the presence of strike force investigators, in a car park at St Albans, Victoria.

The man appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court, where NSW Police Force detectives applied for and were granted his extradition to NSW.

He will be escorted by Strike Force Nickleby detectives on a flight to Sydney later today (Friday 13 December 2019).

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Nickleby investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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