ACT Policing detectives have found the knife they believe was used in the stabbing death of Canberra Comanchero commander Pitsoni Ulavalu last month.
Police said the knife was located about 300 metres from the last known location of the person they believe was responsible for the murder.
Mr Ulavalu died after he was stabbed in the neck during a brawl at Canberra nightspot Kokomo’s in the early hours of July 19.
Today ACT police’s criminal investigations boss Detective Superintendent Scott Moller announced officers had found the alleged murder weapon.
“We’ve discovered the weapon we believe was used to commit the murder,” he said.
“On Thursday, in the first few hours of a search that we were conducting, a knife was recovered from a storm water drain in Turner.
Detective Superintendent Moller said the knife was undergoing a forensic examination, as were “a multitude of other items” police located.
“To follow up the three arrests we made last week with the discovery of the knife is a positive endorsement of our investigative strategy for this case,” he said.
“This search was targeted. And the investigation is continuing.”
Detective Superintendent Moller said hundreds of witnesses had been interviewed and CCTV scanned, in a joint investigation which has involved nearly 30 officers.
He said police were putting in a huge effort to bring those involved to justice.
“This is a horrific incident that happened in public view and as police we are not going to stand and let this happen in our community,” he said.
“This investigation is still ongoing and I believe we will make further arrests and there will be further charges laid.
“We will continue to do everything we can to put the people before the courts.”
Police are seeking dash cam footage from anyone who was travelling through streets to the west of Northbourne Avenue, between Barry Drive and Wakefield Avenue, Turner, between 12:00am and 1:00am on Sunday July 19.
Anyone with footage can contact ACT Policing Operations on 131 444.
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He has been remanded in custody in Canberra’s jail.
Four other people have also been charged with affray over their alleged role in the brawl inside the bar, including one man who is under police guard in the Canberra Hospital after suffering gunshot wounds.
Exactly how he got his injuries is now part of a separate investigation.
The final man charged with affray — a 26-year-old man whose name was supressed in the ACT Magistrates Court — was arrested on Wednesday after police searched his Red Hill home.