“A South Australian Government Reward for up to $200,000 has been offered for information leading to the apprehension/convictions of the person or people responsible for this murder.”
Deborah Westmacott, aged 25 years, was an English tourist who had been in Australia for about 12 months on a working holiday. On the evening of Thursday 24 January 1991, she joined friends for her farewell dinner at the Happy Place Chinese Restaurant in Gouger Street, Adelaide. She was returning to England the next day, Friday 25 January 1991.
At about 10.45 p.m. that evening she had left friends inside the restaurant while she went to make several telephone calls from a nearby public telephone box situated west of the restaurant and on the opposite side of the street in front of premises at 200 ÛÒ 206 Gouger Street occupied at the time by Tonkin’s Car Audio. She was carrying a small envelope sized Balinese type bag/purse.
About 15 minutes later, patrons in the restaurant heard a scream from outside the restaurant and on investigation, found Ms Westmacott on the footpath in front of the restaurant doubled over and holding her stomach. She told rescuers that she had been stabbed. She was treated at the Royal Adelaide Hospital but died from her injuries at about 1.15 a.m. on Friday 25 January 1991.
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