Australia GILLES MATTAINI: Missing from Tamarama, Sydney, NSW - 15 Sept 1985 - Age 27

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Gilles Jaques MATTAINI

September 15, 1985 | Police say ‘possible’ gay-hate murder

There has been no trace of Gilles Mattaini, a French gay man who was living in Bondi, since a neighbour saw him walking on the coastal path that follows the cliffs between Bondi and Tamarama on September 15, 1985. The path skirts Marks Park, a gay beat which Mattaini frequented. But he was not reported missing until 2002. “It appears that some miscommunication between his friends led to a mistaken belief that he had been reported missing,” police say in their review of the case. Mattaini’s partner was out of the country and believed another friend had filed a missing person’s report with Bondi police, but it was never found.

In 2005, the then Deputy State Coroner Jacqueline Milledge ruled Mattaini was dead. She could not determine how but said he likely met a similar fate to Ross Warren and John Russell who, she found at the same inquest, were murdered at the same gay beat four years later.

Police now say: “Based on the associated location, this is possibly a gay-hate crime.” Mattaini had been estranged from his father and his mother told police he had attempted suicide previously in France. But friends believed he had a positive outlook at the time he disappeared, according to police. They announced a $100,000 reward last year – 10 years after it was recommended by Milledge – for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person or people responsible for Mattaini’s death.
 

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$300k reward to help solve suspected gay hate deaths of John Russell, Ross Warren and Giles Mattaini
Staff writers, AAP
June 23, 2015 7:28am

NSW Police have announced three $100,000 rewards for information on the disappearance of two gay men and the death of another in Sydney’s east during the 1980s.
The body of John Russell, 31, was found at the bottom of a cliff at Marks Park in Tamarama on November 24, 1989.

The barman, who worked in the eastern suburbs, was last seen alive drinking with friends at a hotel in Bondi the previous day.

Ross Warren, 24, a news presenter from Wollongong, also disappeared the same year.

He was last seen driving along Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, on July 22, 1989, after socialising with friends.

His keys were found two days later on rocks below the cliff top at Marks Park and his car was located nearby. His body has never been found.

Both Mr Russell and Mr Warren’s deaths were ignored for a decade and written off as an accident and a missing person. A coronial inquest subsequently found they were both murdered by being thrown from Bondi’s cliffs.

Police are also seeking information on 27-year-old French national Giles Mattaini, who was last seen by a neighbour walking on the coast track at Tamarama on September 15, 1985.

He was not reported missing until 2002, with the NSW coroner later finding he was also deceased.

Police say the Homicide Squad’s Unsolved Homicide Team have been reviewing the three incidents in recent years, based on the coroner’s findings that they were possibly the result of gay hate-related crimes.

The rewards of up to $100,000 each are for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the deaths of the three men.

“We will follow up each and every piece of information that is provided to us,” Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Michael Willing, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Speaking on behalf of the families of Mr Warren and Mr Russell, Peter Rolfe from the Survivors After Murder support group said they had been “haunted by the deaths of Ross, John and Giles”.

“We would implore you to take advantage of the rewards being offered, so that not only may our haunting be resolved but, in some small way, your haunting may also be relieved,” he said
 

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Police have welcomed three rewards of $100,000 each for information relating to the disappearance and suspected deaths of two gay men and the death of another in Sydney’s eastern suburbs in the 1980s.


Gilles Mattaini, a 27-year-old French national living in Bondi, was last seen walking along the coastal walking track at Tamarama on 15 September 1985 by a neighbour. He was not reported missing until 2002, with the Coroner later finding he was deceased.

Ross Warren, 24, a news presenter from Wollongong, was last seen driving along Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, on 22 July 1989 after socialising with friends. His keys were found two days later on rocks below the cliff top at Marks Park, Tamarama, and his car was located nearby. His body has never been found but the Coroner found he was deceased.

John Russell, 31, a barman who worked in the eastern suburbs, was last seen alive drinking with friends at a hotel in Bondi on 23 November 1989. His body was found the next morning at the bottom of the cliff top at Marks Park, Tamarama, suffering injuries consistent with a fall from a cliff.
 

GrandmaBear

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So they offer a reward more than ten years after recommended. And then the reward has to be for information that leads to not only an arrest but a conviction. Yeah, good luck with that.
 

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