Detectives investigating the fatal shooting of a security guard four years ago believe they know who did it, and have been able to forensically link the shooting to two other violent incidents in Sydney.
Tomorrow (Saturday 7 June 2014), will be four years to the date since 59-year-old security guard, Gary Allibon, was fatally shot during the armed robbery of a cash delivery van in Sydney’s CBD early on Monday 7 June 2010.
In the four years since Mr Allibon’s death, detectives from the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad’s Strike Force Lorimer have been investigating the case, and recently made a number of important breakthroughs.
Of note, detectives have been able to draw a clear forensic link between a vehicle used in the shooting of Mr Allibon – a stolen high-performance Audi S8 sedan – and the non-fatal shooting of another man in Wentworthville on Wednesday 1 April 2009.
Investigators have also determined that at least two other vehicles were used by those involved in Mr Allibon’s death on the day of the incident.
Of note, detectives have located and tested another car – a silver, 2004 BMW 5-Series sedan – which was stolen during a violent car-jacking in Maroubra around 9pm on Monday 27 July 2009 and then, nearly a year later, used by those involved in the shooting of Mr Allibon.
Police also believe a white BMW X5 was involved in the sequence of events leading up to Mr Allibon’s death. This car has not yet been located.
The Commander of the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad, Detective Superintendent Luke Moore, said detectives attached to Strike Force Lorimer had done an excellent job in piecing together a sequence of notable events that were linked to Mr Allibon’s death.
“Let me be clear: Gary Allibon was by all accounts a law-abiding, fair-minded and very decent man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Detective Superintendent Moore said.
“He died because one of the men involved in the robbery decided to shoot him in the back and steal his gun.
“We’re confident we know who is responsible for Mr Allibon’s death and we have forensic evidence which links them to other violent crimes.”
Detective Superintendent Moore said police believe three cars were utilised by those involved in the shooting of Mr Allibon.
“Early on the day Mr Allibon was killed – Monday 7 June 2010 – a white BMW X5 4WD parked in Ascot Street, Kensington. The occupants of the X5 then got into a silver 2004 BMW 5-Series sedan and drove to Harbourne Lane, Kensington,” Detective Superintendent Moore said.
“There, the people in the 5-Series met up with a silver, high-performance Audi S8 sedan.
“The Audi was then used to transport four men to the CBD, where it was involved in a minor crash on the Harbour Bridge around 6am, before arriving in Sussex Street at 6.10am. Three of the men in the car then robbed the cash delivery van, and one of them fatally shot Mr Allibon.
“After shooting Mr Allibon, the men fled the scene in the Audi, driving back to Kensington, where they again met up with the BMW 5-Series sedan in Harbourne Lane.
“Two days later, the Audi was found burnt out in Milperra.
“The BMW 5-Series was not found for another seven months, when we located and seized it from a car-park in Liverpool.
“The white BMW X5 has not yet been found.”
Detective Superintendent Moore said detectives had drawn on the latest scientific advances to aid their investigation, and had recently been able to establish a clear forensic link between the burnt out Audi S8 sedan used by those involved in Mr Allibon’s killing, and the shooting of a man in Wentworthville in April 2009.
“While I can’t go into specifics, I can confidently say that we believe those who were responsible for shooting a man multiple times in Wentworthville on Wednesday 1 April 2009, were also involved in the robbery and shooting which resulted in Mr Allibon’s death,” Detective Superintendent Moore said.
Detective Superintendent Moore said police still need those with further information to come forward, and reminded them of the $100,000 reward still attached to the case.
“We believe we know who killed Mr Allibon, but we need some more assistance from the public to help us get across the line and make an arrest,” Detective Superintendent Moore said.
“If the pain endured by Mr Allibon’s widow isn’t enough to convince you to help us out, perhaps the $100,000 Government Reward will.”
Mr Allibon’s widow, Monica, said she continued to harbour hope that the reward would result in the arrest and charging of the person responsible for Gary's death.
"My husband was killed by someone who can only be described as a cold-blooded murderer," Mrs Allibon said.
“The murder of someone you love changes your life forever.
"I feel as empty today as I did the day of his death. I'm hoping this reward will convince someone to come forward and provide detectives with the missing links they need to catch Gary's killer.”