Erol Tokcan’s alleged murderer charged over fatal western Sydney home invasion
A 23-year-old man charged with the murder of a new father during a violent home invasion in western Sydney will remain behind bars after his case was briefly heard in court.
Damien Dunn is accused of stabbing 38-year-old Erol Tokcan to death after a group of men broke into his home at Dharruk in March this year.
Mr Tokcan, who already had a brain injury from a motorbike accident, was treated by paramedics on Livingstone Avenue but could not be saved.
Witnesses said they heard three men cheering as they ran away from the crime scene late at night.
Yesterday police arrested Dunn at a house at Whalan and searched another property in Toongabbie, where they seized several items.
Dunn was handcuffed and taken to Riverstone Police Station, where he was questioned by homicide detectives and charged with murder.
Dunn’s lawyer declined to apply for bail when the case was briefly heard at Mount Druitt Local Court on Thursday.
Two weeks ago, Mr Tokcan’s grieving family fronted the media to ask for the public’s help with any information that could lead to a breakthrough.
His younger sister Fatosh Tokcan said her brother was a much-loved member of the community, who often opened his home to people less fortunate than himself.
Speaking outside court on Thursday, Ms Tokcan said finding out about the charge was “like they had won the Lotto”.
“We still need answers and we’ve got a lot of questions,” she said.
“He’s not coming back, but it brought us some hope and that the police had not let the case go.”