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Man charged over Perth dad's 1989 murder

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016

A 54-year-old man has been charged with the stabbing murder of a father-of-eight in Perth 27 years ago, with police saying the victim was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Vietnamese immigrant Van Phan Nguyen, 62, was found dead on a walkway linking Wellington Street to McIver railway station in central Perth about 8.30pm on November 23, 1989.

Police allege it was a random attack by a stranger, and the victim was stabbed many times.

They revealed overnight a Claremont man had been charged with Mr Nguyen's murder and is due to appear in court later on Thursday.

"It would appear that the victim was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Acting Detective Superintendent Peter Branchi told reporters on Thursday.

He said the family had been informed of the arrest.

"As you will understand this is a very emotional time for them," he said.

Mr Nguyen emigrated to Australia in 1982 with his two eldest sons, while his wife, five daughters and youngest son remained in Vietnam.

He lived in East Perth in a unit with his sons and worked as a shop assistant at a Herdsman grocery store.

None of his family lives in Perth anymore and his wife, who is elderly and unwell, lives in Sydney.

Police earlier this week made a public appeal for information to catch Mr Nguyen's killer after a new, 10-month investigation that was sparked by fresh information.

Acting Det/Supt Branchi said the information was helpful but wasn't the crucial missing piece in the puzzle.

"It has assisted to a certain degree and we will continue to process that information over the coming days and coming weeks," he said.

"I thank the public for that."

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