Detectives have charged a woman with receiving the stolen mobile phone at the centre of a 17-year-old cold case murder in Sydney’s south-west.
Investigators from Strike Force Samuelson, attached to Liverpool Local Area Command, have reopened the case relating to the death of 35-year-old father of five, Sanele Nickel, outside his home on Taloma Avenue, Lurnea home on 15 May, 1999.
Sanele Nickel and his wife Fagassau were woken by his car alarm around 4.45am that day and they went outside to investigate.
He found the front passenger side window of his four wheel drive smashed and his Nokia 5110 mobile stolen from the console.
Fagassau Nickel said she watched her husband talk to two people at an intersection before she went back inside to get a jacket.
When she came back, Sanele Nickel was on the ground. He was allegedly fatally stabbed three times and later died in Liverpool hospital.
Police have released images of two men, described by Mrs Nickel at the time, who they would like to speak to about the stabbing.
Investigators also said a witness had come forward with new information on the Sanele Nickel case.
Acting on information provided to Crime Stoppers following a renewed public appeal earlier this month, detectives have interviewed and charged a 52-year-old woman from Balmain with receiving the stolen phone.
It is alleged she exchanged a small amount of heroin for the mobile in the days after the incident.
She has been bailed to appear in the Liverpool Local Court on Wednesday 3 August..
Detectives believe they are closing in on Mr Nickel’s killer or killers, thanks to the public support in this case.
Modern DNA testing techniques are being used in the investigation.
“Calls to Crime Stoppers have pointed us in a number of directions and we are confident we are making significant progress in the investigation,” Liverpool Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Dean Johnstone, said.
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