A $250,000 reward has been announced as police continue to try and track down the person responsible for killing Gold Coast father Omega Ruston in a suspected road rage attack twelve years ago.
The 32-year-old was shot dead on the side of the Gold Coast Highway around 10.25pm on Australia Day in 2009.
A reward for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible was today announced by Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan.
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It comes following a recent review of the case by the Homicide Cold Case Investigation Team and Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch, which has seen “significant forensic developments”.
Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn from the Gold Coast CIB said new witnesses in NSW, Qld and elsewhere have already come forward providing “crucial evidence” in relation to Omega’s shooting death.
“We still believe the persons directly involved in the shooting death of Omega were linked to the Gold Coast and Sydney chapters of organised crime syndicates and outlaw motorcycle gangs,” he said.
“We are aware relationships and loyalties in these gangs change, we are hopeful that the reward will encourage those people with information to come forward.”
An indemnity from prosecution would be considered for any accomplice, not being the person who actually committed the crime, who comes forward.
“A $250,000 reward is now in place for information that may lead to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Omega Ruston,” the Minister said.
“This announcement means any person who was involved in the crime but did not commit the offence and who comes forward and speaks with police first, is eligible for this indemnity from prosecution.
“This is worth serious consideration to anyone who has this information and has not yet come forward to police.”
Earlier this month, Queensland and NSW Detectives scoured the Parramatta River looking for a firearm believed to have been used in the shooting murder of Omega.
The father-of-two had been travelling south in his white 2001 Holden Rodeo ute with two friends when he pulled over on the highway near the intersection with 5th Avenue following a traffic incident with a second vehicle.
Omega and one of his passengers exited the ute, as the second vehicle, a small maroon four-door sedan was seen stopping behind his vehicle before driving forward.
Two shots were fired from the rear passenger side window of the maroon sedan, with one shot fatally striking Omega in the abdomen.
Witnesses reported seeing three men of middle eastern appearance in the maroon vehicle, with the rear passenger seen holding a black semi-automatic style pistol.
Police revealed the same weapon is also believed to have been used in a drive-by shooting of a Sydney barber shop.
Anyone with information is urged to come forward.
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.