A man has been arrested by New Zealand Police, with the assistance of detectives from the South Australia Police Major Crime Investigation Branch, in connection to the murder of Robert Sabeckis at Maslin Beach on 13 January 2000.
The 43-year-old man is expected to be extradited to South Australia to face a charge of murder.
Mr Sabeckis, who lived in St Peters, was shot and killed in the Gull Rock car park at Maslin Beach about 1.15am that morning.
The arrest follows a DNA match under the New Zealand Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Act 1995, which was amended last year.
The investigation into Mr Sabeckis’ murder is ongoing and an appeal has been made for information from the community – particularly anyone who lived in and around the Aldinga Beach area 18 years ago.
After Mr Sabeckis was shot in the car park off Bowering Hill Rd, the offender drove off in the victim’s vehicle, a silver coloured Ford Falcon.
A witness who followed the car, told police that after it drove along Bowering Hill Rd and onto Tuit Rd the vehicle crashed into bushes and a fence, with the offender then running away across paddocks towards the direction of Port Willunga.
A later search of the area located a sawn-off shotgun, which is believed to be the murder weapon, along with a jacket thought to have belonging to the offender.
The shotgun – and another firearm – were stolen during a break-in at a house in Dover St, Aldinga Beach days earlier on New Year’s Eve, with that house then set alight and badly damaged.
A gun bag containing rocks, clothing, ammunition, and the sawn off butt of the shotgun were found floating in the sea off Aldinga Beach on 13 January.
An appeal is also being made to anyone who recalls a 25-year-old man of Maori or Pacific Islander appearance living in Aldam St, Aldinga Beach in 2000. He drove a brown or gold coloured Holden Gemini and attended Adult Learning at the Christies Beach High School in 2000, and may have used the name Paul Taylor while living in South Australia.
Police are also keen to hear from anyone with information about the theft of the firearms, or the pistol that was taken that night and has not been recovered.
Anyone with information about the murder of Mr Sabeckis is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://crimestopperssa.com.au/
You can remain anonymous and a reward is available.