Killer bouncer tops list of Australian fugitives

| 18.06,09. 03:01 AM |

Killer bouncer tops list of Australian fugitives

June 18, 2009 12:00am

HE has been living the high life in Greece for the past 10 years but James Dalamangas remains on the top of NSW's most wanted list.

Believed to be working as a bouncer in the red-light district in the north of Athens, the suspected double murderer is one of 11 most wanted people who are the subject of a new Crime Stoppers campaign called Operation Infra.

Police forces from NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia are taking part in the nationally co-ordinated appeal to find and arrest the fugitives, who include alleged killers, rapists and fraudsters. The reward money being offered for their capture totals almost $500,000.

Crime Stoppers Australia chairman Peter Price said he believed the sums on offer would be added incentives due to the current global economic downturn.

On the list are of two of NSW's most wanted - Dalamangas, 38, and Blacktown shopkeeper Christopher Llorca Cobarrabais, 34.

Dalamangas fled Australia using a false passport in the days following his second alleged killing - Bankstown father-of-two George Giannopolous who was stabbed in the kitchen of the Pariziana nightclub while trying to separate two fighting patrons in 1999.

There is a warrant out for Dalamangas' arrest for the murder and, while Greek authorities have agreed to requests to co-operate to find and arrest Dalamangas, NSW Police in February this year renewed requests to Greece to step up their efforts.

Dalamangas is also a suspect in the 1997 murder of part-time bouncer and concreter Tim Voukelatos, who was shot five times in his car at Campsie. Despite a $200,000 reward being offered, Dalamangas remains a fugitive.

His sister Toula said she thought about his whereabouts several times a week.

"I think: 'Where are you hiding and what scumbag is covering for you?'," she said.

"It would be the happiest day of my life the day he gets caught."

Lesser known but still on the most wanted list is Cobarrabais, 34, wanted over the alleged assault of a man after he became involved in an argument with a group of men in Blacktown on April 26, 2006.

During the fight, one man was allegedly punched in the torso and suffered two small puncture wounds. Cobarrabais was arrested and charged but allegedly fled and failed to appear in court.

 The Daily Telegraph



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