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The plaque commemorates police officers Sergeant Gary Michael Silk & Senior Constable Rodney James Miller who were murdered while on duty in 1998.

The Silk–Miller murders (also known as the Moorabbin Police murders) was the name given to the murders of Victoria Police officers Sergeant Gary Silk and Senior Constable Rodney Miller in Cochranes Road, Moorabbin, Victoria, Australia on 16 August 1998.

On the night of the murders, the police officers were staking out the Silky Emperor Restaurant near the corner of Cochranes and Warrigal Roads, Moorabbin at approximately midnight when they were gunned down at close range. 

Police investigations into the murders were named Operation Lorimer. Victorian Police Minister Andre Haermeyer  announced an A$500,000 reward for information on the murders, and later said he would consider increasing the reward.

Evidence left at the scene of the crime included pieces of glass, suspected to be from the getaway car used by the killers. Police tested this glass and discovered it came from a late model Hyundai hatchback. After extensive investigations, which took the team to the Hyundai factory in South Korea to obtain vital prosecution evidence, police narrowed down the exact make and model of the vehicle involved in the shootings from the glass samples. The vehicle was registered to the daughter of known criminal, Bandali Debs. 

On 24 September 2001, Bandali Debs, a father of five from Narre Warren, Victoria and Jason Joseph Roberts, an apprentice builder, of Cranbourne, Victoria faced charges relating to the murders of Silk and Miller as well as 13 other charges of armed robbery relating to offences alleged to have occurred between March and July 1998. Debs and Roberts were found guilty of the murders and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Jason Joseph Roberts was acquitted of the crime in July 2022.


Address:Cochranes Road , Moorabbin , 3104
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.944261
Long: 145.077561
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

                     In Memory Of
          GARY MICHAEL SILK 24685 
                   St. Kilda Police

                  Prahran Police
         Tragically Shot And Killed 
    In The Performance Of Their Duty
     At Moorabin On The 16th August 1998


Source: MA
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