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Investigations continue into the murder of Robert Tran - SCC Homicide Squad

Sunday, 02 July 2017 12:22:55 AM

Detectives have issued a fresh appeal for information as their inquiries continue into the shooting murder of a man in Sydney’s south-west one year ago.

About 10.45pm on Saturday 2 July 2016, police and emergency services were called to Jasmine Crescent, Cabramatta, following reports a man had been shot.

On arrival, police from Cabramatta Local Area Command located the body of 24-year-old Robert Tran.

Mr Tran’s vehicle, a white VW Golf GTI, was driven from the scene shortly after his murder and abandoned in the car park of a licensed premises on Merrylands Road, Greystanes, about midnight.

The car was found after it was set alight about 4.30am five days later (Thursday 7 July 2016).

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad and Cabramatta Local Area Command established Strike Force Mackane to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr Tran’s murder.

Detective Chief Inspector David Laidlaw from the Homicide Squad said strike force investigators are still piecing together what happened the night Mr Tran was murdered.

“It is a year to the day since Mr Tran was murdered and while we are following strong lines of inquiry, we need the help of the community to fit it all together,” Det Ch Insp Laidlaw said.

“Due to receiving fresh information, investigators will be re-canvassing areas key to the investigation; trying to jog people’s memory – it’s possible that someone knows a key piece of information and is unaware.

“We know that Mr Tran was out with a friend earlier in the evening, and then travelled to Jasmine Crescent on his own. It’s that time in between we are interested in.

“To anyone who was in the area on the night of the murder, or the nights his car was dumped and burnt out , if you haven’t yet spoken to police, please get in touch now,” Det Ch Insp Laidlaw said.

Police are urging anyone with information that may assist with Strike Force Mackane investigators to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.