Fourth Arrest In Historic Murder Investigation

Today, Victorian Homicide detectives arrested a fourth man wanted in connection with a historic murder investigation which occurred at Parafield Gardens in 2007.

On 1 December 2007, Thea Kheav was murdered at an 18th birthday party at Parafield Gardens. During the party, Mr Kheav’s brother became involved in a small altercation with another group at the party. The group briefly left but then returned and fatally stabbed Thea Keav.

The murder was declared a Major Crime and investigated by the Major Crime Investigation Branch.

Detectives arrested and charged three men with murder, and they were subsequently convicted in 2011 and sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 20 years.

About six months after the death, a fourth suspect was identified however investigators found that he had fled Australia four weeks after the murder.

In 2008, detectives obtained a warrant of apprehension for the fourth offender who was found in Cambodia and arrested by Cambodian Police.

Three months later, the Cambodian Supreme Court rejected the extradition application for the man, and he was subsequently released.

About 7.30am today (Saturday 11 May), the 36-year-old man formerly of Salisbury North, was arrested after he returned to Melbourne on a flight from Bangkok.

The man has been remanded in custody at the City Watch House and is expected to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Saturday when SA Major Crime Detectives will seek his extradition back to South Australia.

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