Man charged over murder of 82yo

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Gabrielle Knowles

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.

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