Detectives doorknock for clues on Samba’s death
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.