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‘Jealous’ lover accused of murder: cops

‘Jealous’ lover accused of murder: cops

An allegedly “jealous and possessive” man has been charged with the murder of a “loving father” 20 years after a man’s body was found weighed down with rocks in a Sydney river.

Jason Palmer was reported missing on February 8, 2004, after he was last seen leaving his home on Baltimore St, Belfield, two days earlier.

Three weeks later, children found the 34-year-old’s body in a river at Menangle in Sydney’s south, with multiple stab wounds and weighed down by rocks.

An initial investigation into Palmer’s death failed to identify a suspect, but a 2007 coronial inquest concluded that he was stabbed to death in the Lakemba area.

The case was remitted to the Unsolved Homicide Team for reconsideration.

Police reopened the investigation in 2022, leading to the arrest of 52-year-old Gofal Baziada, who police say was having an affair with Mr Palmer’s wife, Renny Palmer.

She is not accused of any crime.

Gofal Baziad, 52, who police say was having an affair with Jason Palmer's wife, has been charged with murder.  Photo: New South Wales PoliceGofal Baziad, 52, who police say was having an affair with Jason Palmer's wife, has been charged with murder.  Photo: New South Wales Police

Gofal Baziad, 52, who police say was having an affair with Jason Palmer’s wife, has been charged with murder. Photo: New South Wales Police

Baziad was arrested on Monday and taken to Campbelltown Police Station, where he was charged with murder.

Homicide Commander, Chief Superintendent Daniel Doherty, said police believed Baziad’s motive was to continue his relationship with Ms Palmer.

“We will testify in court that he was very jealous and very possessive and obsessed with her to the extent that we believe, and we will show the facts that led him to commit what we consider a very brutal crime,” he said on Tuesday media.

“We believe it was a pure crime of passion… but it is a terrible murder.”

Supt Doherty said Mr Palmer and his wife separated briefly and that was when the relationship between Mr Baziad and his wife began.

Palmer and his wife got back together before he was allegedly murdered.

Police said the relationship between Mr Palmer’s wife and Mr Baziad continued after the death.

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Police say Baziad was a “jealous and possessive” man. Photo: New South Wales Police

Mr Baziad moved to Indonesia after Mr Palmer’s death with his wife before returning to Queensland.

They remained together for 14 years before the relationship ended in 2013.

Baziad was looking for work in Ingleburn when he was arrested on Monday.

“Suddenly his past caught up with him. Not only did it catch up with him, it came back to haunt him,” Supt Doherty said.

He praised the work of investigators who managed to bring charges after two decades.

“It’s like finding a key to a door, going into a room and finding more evidence, and then finding another key to another door… investigators should be commended for their relentless investigation,” Supt Doherty said.