De­tec­tives door­knock for clues on Samba’s death

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

DE­TEC­TIVES con -ducted an in­ten­sive door­knock in bay­side Mel­bourne where prom­i­nent for­mer race­horse owner Les Samba was gunned down one week ago as he fled his at­tacker.

Po­lice have re­fused to con­firm re­ports Samba had, be­fore the shoot­ing, driven a hired sil­ver Hyundai sedan to Port Mel­bourne pub The Crick­eters Arms owned by his for­mer son-in-law jockey Dan Nikolic.

Samba had re­port­edly ar­gued with s ev­eral ot her pa­trons af­ter drinks be­fore leav­ing the ho­tel alone.

Less than one hour later the 60-year-old was shot in Bea­cons­field Pa­rade, Mid­dle Park about 9.35pm ( AEDT) last Sun­day. Lo­cal res­i­dents have been sent no­tices of the Homi­cide Squad i nves­ti­ga­tion into the death and would be door­knocked last night. An in­for­ma­tion car­a­van was also be set up in the same area from 6pm.

Homi­cide Squad In­spec­tor John Pot­ter said po­lice were still con­sid­er­ing pos­si­ble mo­tives for the crime.

‘‘ We’re hop­ing that one piece of ev­i­dence might be the ac­tual thing that solves this case,’’ he said.

‘ ‘ We’re not s pecifi call y in­ves­ti­gat­ing any one in­di­vid­ual or any one as­pect of Mr Samba’s life.

‘‘ Clearly, we’re look­ing at a num­ber of av­enues associated with his con­nec­tions, his as­so­ciates.’’

In­quiries are be­ing made in­ter­state, he said. Insp Pot­ter urged any­one with in­for­ma­tion about Samba to con­tact Crime Stop­pers. Samba was a for­mer trainer who owned sev­eral horses in part­ner­ship with Syd­ney prop­erty de­vel­oper and ac­cused mur­derer Ron Medich.

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