The murder of a man whose body was found in Centennial Park on Saturday has prompted warnings for beat users.
The body of 37-year-old Anthony Cawsey of Redfern was found by joggers early on Saturday morning close to Busby Pond.
Maroubra Police were initially investigating the possibility the death was a sex-based crime, and raised concerns about gay beats operating in the park. They have since extended their inquiry and the Homicide Squad has been brought in to investigate.
After speaking to friends of the man, Sydney Star Observer has been led to believe that Cawsey was neither gay nor likely to have been seeking sex in the park, but in fact worked near the area where he was found and may have been taking a short cut home.
The case has prompted ACON to issue a warning to beat users, however, to be mindful of their safety.
“Staying alert is the best defence against violence. We would advise people to trust their instincts — if something doesn’t feel right then leave,” ACON CEO Stevie Clayton said.
“We would encourage anyone from our community with any information related to this incident to please contact police by calling Crime Stoppers. Beat users can be confident that any information reported to police via Crimestoppers can be anonymous.”
The NSW Beats Interagency recently launched a website, www.beats.net.au, to provide information on sexual and personal safety for users: tell someone where you are going, don’t do drugs beforehand, and if threatened, run away and try to attract help by shouting. If you see anyone else having problems, take note of the aggressor and call police.
info: Phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Maroubra Police on 9349 9299.