Traffic

M1 rollover causing traffic chaos for afternoon motorists

UPDATE @ 1.30PM | A motorist has miraculously managed to escape serious injury after a car rollover on the Pacific Motorway this afternoon.

The accident happened southbound at Loganholme, just near the Hyperdome shopping centre, around 12.15pm.

Witnesses told myGC the car was “completely shattered and on its roof”.

Paramedics treated a person at the scene for a minor wrist injury and the patient declined transport to hospital.

Traffic is still quite heavy in the area, however the major delays have since eased.

EARLIER @ 12.30PM | Emergency crews have rushed to the scene of a serious crash on the Pacific Motorway this afternoon.

It’s understood one car has rolled southbound at Tanah Merah, near the Logan Hyperdome.

It’s not yet known how many people, if any, have been injured.

One lane is open southbound, with lengthy delays currently being experienced.

At the time of writing, traffic was banked up back to Slacks Creek.

Northbound traffic is also starting to build in the area.

“I was crying, she was crying” Gold Coast war veteran overwhelmed with emotion after Lotto win

A Gold Coast war veteran is $200,000 richer after winning first prize in yesterday’s Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot draw.

Speaking with a Golden Casket official this morning to confirm his big win, the emotional man admitted it could not have come at a more perfect time.

“Thank you so much,” he cried happily. “I am elated and pretty emotional at the moment.”

The lucky entry of two random numbers was purchased at Paradise Point News, with the man sharing the special moment with the newsagent employee.

“I went into my local outlet and the lady there told me. My jaw just dropped – I was crying, she was crying, we were both very emotional,” the man said.

“I told my family and some friends and they were so happy for me.

“It’s a big relief and means so much to me.

“I just really want to say thank you so much. This really means the world to me.”

The generous man plans to celebrate his win by taking his dog for a long walk and going out for a nice dinner.

He also says he wants to donate to his favourite charity, Mates4Mates, an organisation that supports current and former Australian Defence Force members and their families.

“I am a veteran, so the first thing I want to do is donate to Mates4Mates,” he explained.

“There’s a lot of soldiers out there doing it tough, so I really want to help in whatever way I can.

“I am also going to put some on my mortgage and pay off some bills.

“I am definitely going to celebrate tonight. Honestly, I will probably just take my dog for a long walk and then go out for a nice meal. That’s the perfect night for me.”

Arrest

Six charged following Gold Coast drug trafficking investigation

SIX men have been charged following a three-month investigation into the trafficking of dangerous drugs on the Gold Coast.

Police closed ‘Operation Romeo Concourse’ yesterday after intercepting a car on Chevron Island and raiding a home in Arundel.

Officers pulled over the vehicle on Stanhill Drive, where they allegedly uncovered 195 grams of cannabis, $690 cash and a mobile phone.

The driver, a 20-year-old man from Southport, was arrested at the scene which lead to police executing a search warrant at a home on Bosun Parade in Arundel.

During the search, officers allegedly found 440 grams of cannabis, $1800 cash, a heat sealer, drug utensils, seven mobile phones and other evidence to indicate the trafficking of dangerous drugs.

A 28-year-old Arundel man was arrested, along with four other men who turned up to the home.

The Arundel man has now been charged with one count each of trafficking dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing anything used in the commission of a crime, possessing drug utensils and contravening an order and two counts of possessing property suspected of being the proceeds of a drug offence.

The 20-year-old Southport man was charged with one count each of trafficking dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs and possessing property suspected of being the proceeds of a drug offence and two counts of possessing anything used in the commission of a crime.

Both are scheduled to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court today.

The other four men were each charged with one count of possessing dangerous drugs.

Court

GC businessman John Chardon pleads not guilty to wife’s murder

UPDATE @ August 16, 2019: The trial of a Gold Coast businessman charged with murdering his wife more than six years ago is set to continue today.

John Chardon formally pleaded not guilty to murdering wife Novy in Brisbane’s Supreme Court on Thursday.

The mother of two vanished from her home at Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast on February 6, 2013.

Her car was found abandoned near the Nerang train station five days later, however her body has never been found.

The trial yesterday heard Mr Chardon told one of his wife’s friends that she had packed up her bags and left. He also allegedly told the friend that he had called a carpet cleaner to clean his wife’s bedroom.

The court also heard the pair had been living separated under the same roof and had both been having affairs.

It’s understood Novy met with a lawyer in the days before she went missing.

The trial has been set for four weeks.

EARLIER @ August 15, 2019: The trial for a Gold Coast businessman charged with murdering his wife more than six years ago has just gotten underway in Brisbane’s Supreme Court.

John Chardon is accused of shooting the mother of his children, Novy Chardon, before dumping her body in the Gold Coast seaway.

Ms Chardon vanished from her home at Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast on February 6, 2013.

The mother-of-two’s car was found abandoned near the Nerang train station five days later, however her body has never been found.

Mr Chardon has formally pleaded not guilty to the murder.

The trial is expected to go for four weeks.

COLD CASE: Police launch fresh appeal into 1992 murder of Gold Coast man

HOMICIDE detectives have launched a fresh public appeal into the horrific murder of an elderly man at his Gold Coast home 27-years ago.

Hugo Benscher was found bound and gagged on the floor at his canal-front Paradise Point home on the morning of Sunday, June 21 1992.

The 89-year-old also had a head injury, with police revealing that at the time of the murder there were several burglary and home invasion offences in nearby Gold Coast canal estates.

A full review into the unsolved murder began earlier this year, involving investigators from the Cold Case Investigation Team, with the assistance of the Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tara Kentwell of the Cold Case Investigation Team said investigators were confident the renewed focus would see people come forward with new information.

“Police firmly believe that with public assistance, irrespective of the passage of time, the offenders will be brought to justice, giving Hugo’s friends and family some closure,” Detective Senior Sergeant Kentwell said.

Hugo’s canal-front Paradise Point home | Qld Police

In the coming weeks, detectives will travel to New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania to reinterview original witnesses and to approach new witnesses identified during the review.

“It is our intention through today’s appeal to urge anyone with information to come forward,” Detective Senior Sergeant Kentwell said.

Hugo’s canal-front Paradise Point home | Qld Police

Hugo was the inventor of an inflatable ball bladder and valve for sporting equipment and was born in Hamburg in 1903 before immigrating to Australia in 1948.

He lived most of his life in Sydney with his wife and sons, retiring to the Gold Coast in 1986 after his wife died.

During his six years living on the Gold Coast, he was a regular attendee of the Runaway Bay Yacht Club.

Police are hoping to speak with anyone who interacted with Hugo at the Runaway Bay Yacht Club, or knew of those who did around 1992.

“We are seeking information from anyone who has knowledge of a boat in the canal around the time of Hugo’s murder, as neighbours at the time recalled waking late in the evening on Saturday, June 20 1992 to the sound of a high revving outboard motor,” police said.

“We are also wanting further information received during the initial investigation about a beige Datsun and male driver reported as being seen around Hugo’s home around the time of his murder.”

PHOTO: Comfit image of the man seen driving a Datsun outside Hugo’s home | Qld Police

PHOTO: Datsun car of interest | Qld Police

Hugo was last seen alive on the morning of Saturday, June 20 1992 and last known to be alive when he received a phone call at approximately 8:00 pm on that night.

A $250,000 reward remains in place for information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for their murders.

In addition, an appropriate indemnity from prosecution will be recommended for any accomplice, not being the person who actually committed the crime, who first gives such information.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.