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Call for help to solve Mark Coonie’s murder

Posted on 05/05/2020

It is now 18 years since Mark Coonie’s body was found in his Dover Gardens unit, and his killer or killers are still roaming free in the community.

The 33-year old is believed to have died a number of days before his brothers found him at about 12.30pm on Wednesday 15 May 2002.

He was found laying on a mattress in the bedroom of his Branksome Terrace home.

He died from head injuries inflicted during an assault in the early hours of Sunday 5 May 2002, some ten days prior.

In piecing together his last known movements, two good Samaritans are known to have found Mr Coonie at a Grote Street bus stop, adjacent to Moonta Street at about 1.30am on Sunday 5 May 2002.

Despite bleeding from the back of his head, Mr Coonie declined an offer to be taken him to hospital. Instead, the pair drove him home and Mr Coonie told them that he had been assaulted earlier in the evening.

While his exact movements that night still remain unclear, Mr Coonie had been at the Mars Bar Nightclub in Gouger Street and other places that night.

A reward of up to $200,000 remains on offer for information that leads to a conviction in this case.


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