Man charged over cold case murder of elderly Gold Coast man

Police investigating the cold case murder of an elderly Gold Coast man almost 28 years ago have made a breakthrough, charging a man with his murder.

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 early last year, involving investigators from the Cold Case Investigation Team, with the assistance of the Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch.

Several new witnesses were interviewed while detectives also spoke to several original witnesses again.

A 62-year-old man, who used to live on the Gold Coast, was arrested in Launceston on Monday and extradited to Brisbane where he has been charged with one count of murder.

He’s due to front the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Police say their investigations are continuing and are renewing their appeal for any further information.

“Police believe there are more people who possess information about the murder of Hugo Benscher and may be more willing to give information following today’s arrest,” Detective Senior Sergeant Tara Kentwell said.

Police have also revealed that during the investigation they came across a brooch (pictured below) which they believe maybe linked to Hugo’s murder.

They are asking for anyone with any knowledge of the brooch to contact them.

Police believe this brooch may be linked to the murder of Hugo Benscher | Photo: QLD Police

A reward of $250,000 remains in place for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

“We also remain interested in speaking with anyone who interacted with Hugo at the Runaway Bay Yacht Club around 1992 or have knowledge of a boat in coming into the Paradise Point canal where Hugo lived on the evening of June 20 1992.”


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

Mr Benscher’s son Ron has expressed relief at the breakthrough and say he may finally be able to get some closure after so many years.

“He was up there at Paradise Point fishing, doing the things he loved and all of a sudden that happened,” he said.

“It’s really hard to find a conclusion and I think the fact that they’ve caught someone they think is responsible, could be the beginning of the fact that I might find peace.”


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