Aaron Pajich death: father speaks about anguish of losing son

Police tape seals off a crime scene in Broughton Way in Orelia where Aaron Pajich’s body was disovered. Picture: Declan Byrne
Police tape seals off a crime scene in Broughton Way in Orelia where Aaron Pajich’s body was disovered. Picture: Declan Byrne

AARON Pajich’s father has spoken about the anguish of learning his missing son’s body had been discovered in Orelia this week, saying he will never get over the devastation of losing his son.

Police allege the 18-year-old’s body was found in a shallow grave under a new concrete slab in the back yard of a Broughton Way, Orelia property on Monday night.

Orelia women Jemma Lilley (25) and Trudi Lenon (42) have been charged with murder and remain in custody, after making separate court appearances today.

They will both be back in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Mr Pajich’s father Keith Sweetman yesterday told the Courier he was distraught and would never be able to recover.

“Aaron was a good boy, he always wanted to help,” he said.

Aaron Pajich

“I don’t understand why this has happened.

“His routine was to visit or call me every day. I knew something was wrong when he went missing.”

He said his son had mild Asperger syndrome and was very trusting.

Major Crime Squad Detective Dave Gorton said one of the women charged was a fellow student at the Kwinana educational institution Aaron had attended.

Aaron was last seen alive about 10am on Monday, June 13 at Rockingham City shopping centre taxi rank.

He had said he was going to meet a man and a woman, but did not return home or make contact with his family.

Local police put out a missing person’s appeal for help and released a CCTV image of Aaron at the shopping centre, before Major Crime Squad detectives joined the investigation on Sunday, June 19.

Matt Vince has organised a candlelight vigil at the City of Kwinana office on Gilmore Avenue tonight, to “let the family of Aaron Pajich know that they’re not alone and that Kwinana is standing with them”.

A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help pay for Aaron’s funeral, with more than $10,000 raised so far.

A family member asked people to donate instead of buying flowers, to help lessen some of the stress for the Sweetman and Pajich families.