Emanuel Sapountzakis: Decades-old taxi driver murder a hit, not random robbery, police believe

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Police search for evidence in the Dandenong reserve where Emanuel Sapountzakis was gunned down in 1993. (Supplied: Victoria Police)

A review of the fatal shooting of a taxi driver in Melbourne’s south east 22 years ago has led police to believe his death was the result of a planned hit not a robbery gone wrong, as previously thought.

Emanuel Sapountzakis, 25, was gunned down in Dandenong’s Police Paddocks Reserve sometime after 2:00am on March 2, 1993.

Several hours later a woman on a walk found him dead in the park.

His cab was found abandoned in Boronia.

Police believe he had picked up a passenger in Boronia shortly before his death.

A coronial inquest in 1997 found he was probably killed in a random robbery gone wrong.

But after a review of the case cold case detectives now believe his death was a planned murder over money.

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Photo: Police believe Mr Sapountzakis picked up a passenger in Boronia before he was gunned down. (Supplied: Victoria Police)

Officers believe several people were involved in the hit.

“For over 20 years Emanuel’s family, including his [now] 24-year-old daughter have been left without answers,” Detective Senior Constable Kane Taylor said in a statement.

“We believe we are close to solving this investigation, but we just need a little bit more help.”

Detectives said they had information to suggest a maroon Nissan Skyline sedan, with a partial registration of DSD, was used in the killing.

Detective Taylor said he was confident someone knew who was responsible for the murder.

“We hope that by linking a maroon Nissan Skyline to the incident that memories will be prompted,” he said.

“I am appealing to those who have information to show some compassion and tell us what happened.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

source:abc.net.au

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