Lenard's grieves death of WA franchisee

Gerurdas Gerrit Heijne, 44, who lived in the apartment with Mr Cianciosi, on Saturday appeared in the East Perth Magistrates Court charged with murder…The two men were the co-founders of the Lenard's chicken store chain in WA.

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January 6, 2008

Lenard's grieves death of WA franchisee

Nationwide chicken store chain Lenard's has expressed its condolences to the family of its West Australian master franchisee who was found dead in suspicious circumstances at his East Perth home.

Police found the body of 51-year-old Frank Cianciosi in his luxury penthouse apartment overlooking the Swan River on East Perth's Terrace Road on Friday.

Major Crime Squad detectives and forensic officers spent the night and some of Saturday at the apartment looking for evidence.

Gerurdas Gerrit Heijne, 44, who lived in the apartment with Mr Cianciosi, on Saturday appeared in the East Perth Magistrates Court charged with murder.

He was not required to enter a plea and was remanded in custody to appear in the Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on January 16.

The two men were the co-founders of the Lenard's chicken store chain in WA.

Lenard's, which was started in Brisbane in 1987, issued a statement saying Mr Cianciosi had been a joint master franchisee for the company in WA for more than 10 years and would be sadly missed.

"Our thoughts go to Frank's family and Lenard's staff and franchise owners in Western Australia," the statement said.

The company said it would provide WA franchise owners and staff with all the support they needed.

"Lenard's will also make counselling services available for all staff and franchise owners."

A post-mortem examination will be conducted on Sunday.

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