• 43 years of age.
  • 173cm tall.
  • Light skinned.
  • Slim build.
  • Brown hair.
  • Brown eyes.


  • Immigrated to Australia in 1983 and became an Australian citizen in 1986.
  • Was home alone in the early afternoon of Thursday 4 March 1999.
  • His wife and daughter returned home from shopping around 3.45pm, was found dead lying on the bedroom floor.
  • He had received multiple stab wounds.


Andrew Podpinka was born in May 1955, in Sobotka, Poland.

In May 1979, Mr Podpinka married his wife, who was pregnant with their child. On 20 January 1983, they emigrated to Perth and with the help of the Polish community, settled into Perth.

In December 1986, Mr Podpinka became an Australian Citizen and his wife achieved the same status in March 1987.


Around 1:30pm on Thursday 4 March 1999, Mr Podpinka’s wife and daughter left their home in Hannans Street, Morley to go shopping. Mr Podpinka stayed home alone.

At 2:45pm a neighbour saw Mr Podpinka standing at the front of his home.


Around 3:45pm, Mr Podpinka’s wife and daughter returned home from shopping and found his body on the floor of the main bedroom of their home.

Mr Podpinka had suffered multiple stab wounds.

The person or persons responsible for Mr Podpinka’s murder have not yet been identified.


The Government of Western Australia approved a reward of $ 250,000 be offered for information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for Mr Podpinka’s murder.

The Government may be prepared to consider recommending a protection from prosecution, or pardon for any informant with information that leads to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for Mr Podpinka’s death, provided that the informant was not directly responsible for the death of Mr Podpinka.

If you have any information about the murder of Andrew Podpinka, or his movements on Thursday 4 March 1999, particularly between 2:45pm and the time of his death, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make an online report below.  Please remember that you can remain anonymous if you wish and rewards are offered.

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