$1 Million Reward for Answers In Brutal Cold Case Bashing Murder

The reward for information regarding the murder of Blacktown business owner, Hasan Dastan, has been increased to $1 million as police probe for more information on his brutal bashing death.

The 52 year-old was found beaten to death inside his auto-wreckers workshop 25 years ago and despite a “thorough investigation at the time” no one was charged with his murder.

According to a 10 News report at the time, robbery was the most likely motive for the murder as Dastan had few known enemies.

“There is money missing from the premises and we believe that may be behind the offence, yes,” Inspector Mick Collins said.

Those known to him described him in the report as being a respected member of the Turkish community and was known widely throughout Blacktown for more than a decade for his hard work.

“You could never say something bad about him, they all respected him, they all looked up to him,” his friend, Nick Plegas told 10 News two decades ago.

“Especially, a lot of the youths – they looked up at him with a lot of respect.”

Police are appealing for information into Dastan's death. Image: Getty

The post mortem examination found the father and husband had been brutally beaten with an iron bar having suffered severe blunt trauma to his face and head.

His employees found his body pinned under a car inside the Tattersall Road workshop and called emergency services.

In 2018, detectives from the Unsolved Homicide Unit established Strike Force Biltine II to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding Dastan’s murder.

It’s hoped the large reward will encourage people to come forward and provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Biltine II investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence.