Bikies suspected of Avouris murder

first_imgA bikie gang may be behind a 15 year murder mystery following new information obtained by the NSW police. 30-year-old Charles Avouris was shot dead at his home in the central west town of Mumbil in 1996, but his killer has never been brought to justice. A coronial inquest in 2010 concluded that the 30-year-old father of one died from a gunshot wound to the head by at least one assailant. Detectives now believe the killer may be a member of a bikie gang after new information has come to light. A strike force based at Dubbo police station was set up earlier this year in response to a coronial recommendation that additional police resources be allocated to solve the murder. “We are looking at new DNA technology which we believe will greatly assist in solving the murder of Mr Avouris, based on the DNA evidence we already have,” Detective Sergeant Mark Meredith said in a statement. “We are also exploring the possibility that Mr Avouris’ death may have been linked to outlaw motorcycle gang activity.” For the first time, detectives say a light-coloured 1980s Holden Camira wagon may be related to the murder. “Investigators are also following up on information regarding a car that was seen in the area at the time of Mr Avouris’ death,” Det Sgt Meredith said. At the time of his death Mr Avouris, who had a daughter, had been separated from a long-term relationship. A year ago, deputy state coroner Paul MacMahon said that Mr Avouris died on either July 1 or 2, 1996 at the Railway House, on Naroogal Road in Mumbil, where he was a tenant. The inquest said that an autopsy had proven beyond doubt that Avouris’ death was a homicide. In the hope of finding the firearm, police are hoping to speak with anyone who lived in Mumbil, Stuart Town or Wellington in 1996. In the 2006 census Mumbil had a population of less than 450 residents. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more