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CASE PROFILE – James Tun Tin

Posted on 23/04/2021


It is now 10 years since James Tun Tim was shot in the upper body and left to die in the backyard of his Paralowie home – and while police have strong suspects, they need more evidence before holding them to account.

It was 20 April 2011, when the 37-year old was shot at point blank range in the backyard of his home in Gerrard Avenue.

He is thought to have disturbed a group of men breaking into his shed to steal his cannabis plants and was left to lay there for almost six hours until a friend arrived to pick him up for work and discovered his body.

The weapon is believed to be a sawn off 12-gauge shotgun, which has not been recovered.

The four murder suspects are believed to have left the scene in a watermelon coloured Hyundai, which had been borrowed from an associate of one of the suspects. It was found burnt out at Thompson’s Beach several days later.

The men are then believed to have left Thompson’s Beach in a silver statesman sedan, which belonged to one of the suspects.

The northern suburbs men are well known to police and have multiple convictions for serious crimes ranging from rape and assaults to home invasions and larceny.

They are known to have been involved in drug rip-offs before the incident that claimed the life of James Tun Tin — and have continued since.

Each of the suspects — two then aged over 40, one in his mid-30s and one younger man — have refused to co-operate.

Investigators have clear CCTV images of a key suspect who was captured by a security camera conducting reconnaissance on Mr Tun Tin’s Gerrard Ave home the night before the drug rip-off.

Mr Tun Tin had become aware that his crop had potentially been discovered early on April 19 when a hooded man was caught by CCTV in his backyard. After that incident he installed crude fishing line trip wires that rattled empty cans to alert him to the presence of any intruder, and that was most likely what alerted him to the intruders on the night he was shot and killed.

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

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at


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