Waikato Police investigating the June 2012 murder of a Paeroa business man believe the introduction of a reward may prompt those holding key pieces of information to the case to come forward.
Detective Sergeant Glenn Tinsley said with Operation Olive, the investigation into the murder of Jordan Voudouris, now into its eighth month, the enquiry team still believe that someone could hold information that can solve this mystery.
As such today, the Police Commissioner authorised that a reward of up to $50,000 will be paid for material information or evidence, which leads to the identity and conviction of any person or persons responsible for the death of Mr Voudouris.
Immunity from prosecution will be considered for any accomplice – not being a principal offender responsible for his death – who shall first give such information or evidence.
“While Police did not often offer rewards we believe a reward may be just the incentive needed to get someone to come forward who hasn’t already spoken to investigators.
“Often in cases such as this people’s loyalties change as time goes on and we urge anyone who may have information not made available to us earlier to come forward now. Similarly there may be someone with information who has held back hoping the murder would be solved without them having to get involved.”
Mr Tinsley said it is important for both Mr Voudouris’ family and for the wider Paeroa community that anyone with information comes forward.
“The Commissioner of Police will determine the amount of the reward and will, if necessary, apportion payment where there is more than one claimant and the reward offer shall remain in force until 01 July 2013.
“The bottom line is that if you know something, we need to hear from you.”
Paeroa businessman Jordan Voudouris, 55, was killed in the early hours of Monday 18 June 2012 with his body being found behind his premises, Mykonos Pizza and Pasta Restaurant in Belmont Rd.
“A post-mortem determined Mr Voudouris had been fatally shot.
Anyone with any information on the identity of the offender or offenders or other information that could assist is asked to contact the Operation Olive enquiry team on 0508 Paeroa (723 762) or their nearest police station or call crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”