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Fresh appeal over Smykalla murder in Qld


Brisbane man Wally Smykalla by no means recovered from the shock of his daughter Deborah’s stangulation homicide on Father’s Day 40 years in the past.

He suffered a coronary heart assault a couple of months after the 22-year-old’s physique was present in her kitchen in Capalaba on September 6, 1981.

Ms Smykalla had a canine leash round her neck, and her head had been shoved right into a fuel oven.

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The oven dial was turned on, a small fireplace was smouldering on the kitchen flooring and a heater had been turned over within the adjoining lounge.

Deborah’s sister Diana Walton says their father was contacted by police a short while later.

“You do not anticipate to get a name in the midst of the night time saying your daughter’s being killed, and taking place on Father’s Day simply made it that a lot worse,” she advised reporters on Friday.

Deborah’s different sister Elka Corridor stated after the guts assault, Mr Symkalla’s well being didn’t enhance.

Despite the fact that he was a heavy drinker and smoker, she stated, the homicide took a toll on their dad.

“Plenty of that was simply shock,” Ms Corridor stated.

The sisters are interesting for details about their sibling’s homicide as police provide a $500,000 reward for info resulting in a conviction.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tara Cantwell stated the leash, which was not forensically examined, had been despatched to a lab in New Zealand for an enhanced evaluation.

Investigations are additionally urging to an individual who made an nameless tip-off via the Crime Stoppers web site in 2014 to come back ahead.

On the time of her killing, Ms Smykalla labored at her dad and mom’ ironmongery shop within the metropolis, ran a weekend flea market stall in Mount Gravatt and was a small-time hashish seller.

“She wasn’t excellent, however she was a critically loving, sort, non-judgmental individual,” Ms Walton stated.

Ms Corridor added: “Very trusting.”

Within the lead-up to her homicide, Ms Symkalla and her boyfriend broke up and he moved out of the home.

Det Sen Sgt Cantwell stated investigators needed to talk with a slim man with quick brown hair in his early 20s who was seen with Ms Smykalla within the yard of her residence about 4pm on the day of her homicide.

Additionally they need to converse with two folks seen sitting on the entrance porch about 7.30pm.

Ms Smykalla’s sisters stated their dad and mom died questioning what occurred to her, however she deserved justice.

“We can’t deliver her again, that is true, however there’s somebody on the market who is aware of one thing,” Ms Walton stated.

“And we perceive that when it first occurred folks have been very petrified of coming ahead, however that one who is aware of one thing is getting older.

“It is time to come ahead. It is time to to offer that info, in order that we are able to lay this to relaxation and provides Debbie justice.”



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