Perth cold case death: manslaughter charge laid

Radina Djukich, 14, vanished in May 1992. Pictures: Supplied
Radina Djukich, 14, vanished in May 1992. Pictures: Supplied

A MAN has been charged with manslaughter over the death of a teenage girl in Perth almost 30 years ago.

Radina Djukich, 14, vanished in May 1992 after leaving her home in North Beach and her remains have never been found.

Police allege the 69-year-old Perth man injected a substance that caused Radina’s death, then buried her body in a bush grave.

“At this time, we think about the family who will find this quite traumatic and another episode in their life,” Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Gary Budge told reporters on Thursday.

“We are very pleased to have brought this to a charge but there’s still a long way to go.”

He said the cold case progressed when some information came to police more than one year ago.

But he urged anyone who may still be withholding information to come forward, even anonymously, saying it could alter the charge.

“Friendships and acquaintances change and there may be someone out there who has some information,” Mr Budge said.

There have been unsuccessful attempts in the past 27 years to find Radina’s remains but there are currently no plans to search again.

Speaking more generally, Mr Budge said police would never give up on cold cases.

“There are a number of unresolved homicides and other serious crimes that we’re very committed to having a look at, to opening the box,” he said.

The accused man will face Perth Magistrates Court on Friday.