A rising NRL star and his younger brother, who both played juniors for the West Tigers, have been charged with the alleged murder of Dejan “Danny the Serb” Radulovic.
Eti Tavui, 21, turned himself in at Liverpool police station on Wednesday and was charged with stabbing and shooting Radulovic, 29, on Donnelly St in Balmain, in Sydney’s west, on July 29.
He was also charged with breaching a digital evidence access order and was taken into custody overnight on Wednesday, before being presented at Liverpool Local Court on Thursday.
Police will claim Radulovic’s death was the result of a disagreement over drugs.
The arrest came just a day after his brother Masei Tavui, 19, a promising young Tigers recruit, was arrested at his family’s rental home in Austral and charged with murder.
Like his brother, Eti was a talented NRL player with a promising career ahead of him.
Dejan “Danny the Serb” Radulovic (photo) was allegedly fatally stabbed and shot on July 29.
Masei Tavui, 19, is pictured during his arrest Tuesday morning. He was charged with one count of murder
In May he played for the 1st Grade City Kangaroos in the Macarthur premiership.
He also played for the Western Sydney Magpies in 2018 and the East Campbelltown Eagles 2020, and won the Jack Ashley/Ken Stonestreet Junior Rep Rising Talent when he played for the West Tigers junior leagues in 2019.
It also appears that he was pursuing a career in voice acting.
According to his profile on Voices, a website that connects employers with aspiring actors, he comes from a family of nine and enjoys “playing a variety of sports.”
“I believe in Christ, I love eating so much, I have a family of nine and I also love trying and learning new types of things in the world we live in,” the profile reads.
His little brother Masei was arrested on Tuesday morning after a police raid on a house in Austral, in Sydney’s southwest.
Pictured: Radulovic being rushed to Donnelly Street Hospital in Balmain, western Sydney, on July 29.
They seized “clothing relevant to the investigation” and took him out of the house in handcuffs.
On the day of the alleged murder in July, police say he fled the scene White jeep.
He allegedly dumped the vehicle and set it on fire in a residential street near Five Dock.
Radulovic was taken to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and underwent emergency surgery, but doctors were unable to save his life.
Police created Strike Force Dears after Radulovic’s death. The situation remains under investigation.
Masei was refused bail at Liverpool Local Court on Tuesday afternoon.
His case will be discussed at the Downing Center in Sydney on December 12.