X-ray shows true horror of Chen Liu's nailgun death
By Janet Fife-Yeomans
The Daily Telegraph
April 24, 2009 08:36am
Nail gun victim – new images
Police have re-issued an appeal for more information about the death of Anthony Liu.
- X-ray shows nails in man's skull
- Police say he was shot up to 30 times
- Appealing for help to find the killer
A SHOCKING X-ray shows how a man died with up to 30 nails fired into his skull by a high-powered nailgun.
Sydney homicide squad detectives have released the graphic image as they make a fresh appeal for information about Chen Liu's murder.
The decomposed body of the 27-year-old, also known as Anthony Liu, was found dumped in the Georges River last November, wrapped in a domestic rug.
He was bound with electrical wires and an extension cord and the carpet was neatly folded with each end tucked in and then bound with three strips of wire.
Officers with Strike Force Renfree, formed to investigate the murder, have revealed they believe he was shot dead elsewhere and driven to the river in his own blue 2005 Range Rover Sport 4WD.
Detective Inspector Mark Newham said yesterday that post-mortem examination results had showed Mr Liu was shot repeatedly in the head up to 30 times with a high-powered nailgun.
"Similar types of nailguns can fire nails up to 85mm long," Insp Newham said.
Detectives said the nailgun used in the murder was a standard cordless, framing, gas-charged gun, widely available for sale and hire.
Mr Liu was believed to be gay and lived with his partner in Rockdale. He was reported missing by a male friend two weeks before two children, aged 9 and 14, found his body in Oatley Bay.
A migrant from China who arrived in Australia in 2000, Mr Liu married an Australian woman but they divorced some years ago and did not stay in touch.