Father dies in ‘brutal’ slaying
Dad of two dismembered
A COUPLE has been charged over the allegedly “brutal” murder of a 40year-old father-of-two after his dismembered body was left to rot for almost a week in Sydney’s southwest.
Goran Stevanovic had been missing for six days when his badly decomposed body was allegedly found at a unit on Eureka Crescent, Sadleir, at 3.20pm Saturday.
It was the home of Khanh Xuan Pham, 38, who was arrested alongside Kate Annie Lloyd, 39, just before 2am on Sunday morning at her unit on the Hume Highway at Warwick Farm.
Yesterday morning Pham was charged with murder and Lloyd was charged with accessory after the fact to murder.
The couple are believed to have known the Minto man, who was remembered by a long-time friend as a “great bloke” and a “beautiful soul” who struggled with addiction and was “good to others, but not himself”.
Zoran Jovanovic said he had been to the victim’s home — which he shares with his parents — and was shocked to see the griefstricken mother “screaming at the top of her lungs for her son”.
Mr Jovanovic, who has known Mr Stevanovic since high school, says he leaves behind a wife and two kids.
“I’m concerned for the family, I don’t know how they’re going to handle it,” he said.
“Why would someone do such a horrific crime … you wouldn’t wish this upon your worst enemy.”
Mr Stevanovic’s severely decomposed body is understood to have been discovered in the bathroom with limbs removed.
Fingerprints and dental records will be analysed during an autopsy this week to allow the body to be formally identified.
David Hall, who lives in the housing commission block, said he noticed a lot of flies around the unit in the days leading up to the discovery, as residents complained of a smell.
Superintendent Adam Whyte said the officers who first attended the “very difficult crime scene” have since needed welfare counselling over the killing.
“It’s a very brutal matter,” he said.
Sup Whyte said Mr Stevanovic had a loose relationship with the pair. “This is not a random event … it’s targeted,” he said.
A number of items have been seized from both properties and taken for forensic examination by Strike Force Higher dale, a homicide squad formed to investigate the death.
Sup Whyte said officers used force to enter the Warwick Farm unit.
Neither Pham nor Lloyd were required to appear when their case was briefly heard at Liverpool Local Court yesterday.
Neither of them applied for bail. Their matter was adjourned until March 11.
Forensic cleaners work on the crime scene in Sadleir (left), as (above) police secure the area.
Goran Stevanovic and alleged killer Khanh Xuan Pham.