New lead in 2002 murder sparks Sydney property search

Police are searching a semi-rural property in north western Sydney in relation to the shooting death of a man in 2002.

Strike Force Tyndrum, comprising detectives from Green Valley and Campbelltown local area commands and the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, was formed to investigate the death of Jason Friend.

Mr Friend was shot while sleeping at his West Hoxton home on 18 January 2002.


Green Valley Local Area Command Crime Manager Detective Inspector Brendan Bernie said as a result of the 2002 investigation Mr Friends wife Catherine Friend, now aged 48, was charged and convicted in relation to his death.

“She remains in custody and is not eligible for parole until 2019,” Detective Inspector Bernie said.

“We have always believed another person was involved in the death of Mr Friend. Recently, strike force detectives received fresh information which caused us to re-open the investigation.

“Today we have been searching a property in Berrilee for a firearm and any other evidence that might be linked to the case.”

Police involved in today’s search included the Public Order and Riot Squad, Police Rescue, a firearm detection dog from the Police Dog Unit, Region Enforcement Squads from North West and South West Metropolitan Regions squad and investigators from Campbelltown and Green Valley.