The Macleay Newsroom’s Statewatch team delivers the first in a series of investigative reports on missing persons. An inquest into the death of Richard Sajko, above, has highlighted the ongoing need for answers in missing persons cases.
The Glebe Coroner’s Court has completed three days of intensive examination of the disappearance of Sydney man Richard Sajko.
But three days of witness statements have provided few answers and raised even more questions about what happened to Mr Sajko after he finished work late one weekend in 1995. The coroner will hand down her findings on September 29.
Twenty years after the events, details are hazy in most minds. But one thing all accounts agree on was that on the night of the May 13, 1995, Richard Sajko finished a late shift at Avis Car Rentals near Sydney Airport, and walked to his car, a red Holden Commodore. Whether he sat in his car for a while or stood outside it for sometime is unclear. On that, and whether he was accompanied by a passenger, accounts differed. By the next morning he had disappeared.
Threats and alleged intimidation
On the first day of the inquest the court heard that on the morning of May 14, 1995, Richard’s car was found abandoned in a driveway in Croydon. In his opening statement, solicitor Ian Bourke, the counsel assisting, listed several pieces of evidence that suggested foul play.