Man charged over murder of 82yo
A man has been charged over the murder of an 82- year- old Orelia man who was found injured in his unit by his carer two weeks ago.
Police last week charged 59- yearold Michael Andrew Dalton over the death of Allan Pedersen who was found in his Barron Way home on Wednesday, February 6.
He was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital but died later that night.
A friend found Mr Pedersen when she went to collect him for an eye appointment.
Margaret King said Mr Pedersen did not open his door despite her banging and when she and another neighbour looked through a window, they saw Mr Pedersen collapsed on the floor of the lounge.
“There was a lot of blood, it wasn’t very nice,” she said.
She called for help and police were forced to break into the unit to reach him.
“I just stood back and let the police and the ambulance men sort him out,” she said.
“I think he was still alive when they took him out. It wasn’t very nice, it didn’t make me feel too good but there wasn’t much I could do about it.”
Mr Pedersen died later that evening, sparking an investigation.
Friend Suzan Street said she had not heard anything unusual on the morning of February 6 and said it was awful to learn police believed Mr Pedersen had been murdered.
“I was really upset actually because I never expected him to go that way,” she said.
“He was a quiet gentleman, he kept to himself, he never caused anybody any trouble.”
She said Mr Dalton and Mr Pedersen did not hang out as far as she was aware and she had no idea what would have sparked any violence.
She said Mr Pedersen was frail, heavy- set, had prostate cancer and walked with a cane after having both knees replaced.
“I think I’ll be moving on ( from the complex) . . . I really don’t feel safe anymore because you don’t know who’s going to be living next door to you.”
Ms King said she had known Mr Pedersen since she lived at the same complex a decade ago and described him as a quiet, happy gentleman.
She said he was once a cook in the merchant navy.
Friends believe he was from Denmark or Sweden and did not have any family in Australia.
Mr Dalton appeared in court briefly last Tuesday charged with murder.
He was remanded in custody and was not required to enter a plea.
He is expected to reappear in court this week.