Wanneroo Times

Family tribute to keen surfer

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THE family of “passionate surfer” Zelijko Kuch has thanked ambulance officers and police following the 51year-old’s death last weekend.

It followed the charging on Monday of Andrew John Myles, 35 — who is known to Mr Kuch — with murder over the death of Mr Kuch in his Ocean Reef home.

Mr Kuch, depicted right, was remembered by his family as a “passionate surfer who loved his local Ocean Reef surf breaks and walking his dog”.

“Although sometimes spirited and strong-willed, he enjoyed nothing more than making people laugh, entertaini­ng and would always help anyone who needed it,” his family said in a statement.

“The family would like to thank all the ambulance emergency response personnel, all the police and detectives who attended for their outstandin­g efforts and efficient performanc­e.

“We would like to thank all friends, neighbours, local community for their condolence­s and support.”

Police were called to a home on Marina Boulevard just before 7pm on Saturday after Mr Kuch was found by his housemate in a pool of blood.

Acting Det-Sgt Matthew Court said on Sunday it would take some time to examine the scene.

Mr Myles has been remanded in custody to appear in the Stirling Gardens Magistrate­s Court on May 26. Homicide detectives are seeking dash-cam footage of the area from 4pm to 7pm or anyone who may have seen anything suspicious around the same time.

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