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ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 27, 2011

Former South Australian horse trainer Les Samba was shot dead in what appears to be a targeted attack, on this day in 2011. The 60-year-old was shot about 9.40pm on Beaconsfield Parade, in the suburb of Middle Park, after an argument with another man. Detective Inspector John Potter from the Homicide Squad says police believed Mr Samba had parked and locked his car, a 2010 silver Hyundai sedan, and set off to attend a meeting. He was seen running down Beaconsfield Parade near his car as he was shot several times in the body and head. Mr Samba was in Melbourne for the thoroughbred yearling sales. While he trained many winners, Samba, who lived in Sydney, also enjoyed much success as an owner. He raced Gorky Park, which won the Geelong Classic and ran second behind Efficient in the 2006 Victoria Derby.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 29, 1976

A notorious thug, now dead, is believed by Victorian police to be responsible for the disappearance of Australia’s first television celebrity chef. (who appeared on Channel Seven’s The Chef Presents) But detectives believe that there are still people alive that can provide them with information. Willi Koeppen, father of three, then 46, disappeared without trace from Olinda on February 29, 1976, and since then there has been plenty of speculation about who was responsible for the disappearance of the Cuckoo Restaurant co-owner. Alex Tsakmakis, a suspected serial killer who was convicted of two murders, was believed to have been involved in the disappearance. He was murdered in Pentridge in 1988. Russell Street bomber Craig Minogue battered Tsakmakis to death with a bagful of prison weights. There are many unanswered questions and the Homicide Squad Missing Persons Unit has appealed for anybody with any information to contact Crime Stoppers. “Ever after all these years we believe that somebody maybe could come forward with some information that could prove vital information,” Detective Inspector John Potter said. “He disappeared off the face of the earth and has never been seen since.”

 

 

ON THIS DAY – FEBRUARY 27, 2011

Former South Australian horse trainer Les Samba was shot dead in what appears to be a targeted attack, on this day in 2011. The 60-year-old was shot about 9.40pm on Beaconsfield Parade, in the suburb of Middle Park, after an argument with another man. Detective Inspector John Potter from the Homicide Squad says police believed Mr Samba had parked and locked his car, a 2010 silver Hyundai sedan, and set off to attend a meeting. He was seen running down Beaconsfield Parade near his car as he was shot several times in the body and head. Mr Samba was in Melbourne for the thoroughbred yearling sales. While he trained many winners, Samba, who lived in Sydney, also enjoyed much success as an owner. He raced Gorky Park, which won the Geelong Classic and ran second behind Efficient in the 2006 Victoria Derby.