Fa­ther dies in ‘bru­tal’ slay­ing

Dad of two dis­mem­bered

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Drugs Scourge - LUCY HUGHES JONES

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.

Pic­ture: Tracey Nearmy

Foren­sic clean­ers work on the crime scene in Sadleir (left), as (above) po­lice se­cure the area.

Go­ran Ste­vanovic and al­leged killer Khanh Xuan Pham.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.