During an appeal, Mr Dastan’s daughter, Yaesmin Sevim spoke about the pain of losing her father.
“Our family has suffered a loss that is hard to describe,” Ms Sevim said as her mother Sultan sat by her side, clutching a picture of her husband.
“We think about dad every day and the life that was taken away from him and from us. It’s taken a huge toll on my mother who was left to raise three children … My younger brother was 10 at the time. He never knew dad as we did, his grandchildren were never given the opportunity to meet him.”
At the time of the attack, tensions boiled with Mr Dastan’s son confronting Mr Kilincer at the workshop shortly after his father was found dead on a Monday morning.
It was reported he was furious Mr Kilincer had not been at the Tattersall Road workshop when his father was attacked.
Mr Kilincer has never been charged and the Herald does not suggest he had any involvement.
During the inquest in 2000 coroner Jan Stevenson suspended the hearing, stating that a “known person had committed an indictable offence”.
The case was referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions for charges to be considered.
The state’s new homicide boss, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, said unsolved homicide detectives had investigated the murder again, with the benefit of advanced technology.
He also said someone, especially in the Turkish community, had information that would help them make an arrest.
“There’s a number of persons of interest that have always been in the case – we’re not ruling out anyone,” Detective Doherty said.
“It’s been 24 years since Mr Dastan was brutally murdered. He was a father, he ran a successful business and was a well respected member in the Turkish community.”
He ended the public appeal with a message for the killer:
“They should be scared and they should be worried thinking they’ve got away with murder since 1995 and their time will come,” he said.
Anyone with information was urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Emma Partridge is a Court Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.