Accused killer committed to stand trial over cold case murder of GC businessman

A Gold Coast man has been committed to stand trial over the 20-year-old cold case murder of a local businessman.

Neil Pentland, 69, was charged last year with murder, two decades after the death of his former business partner, Philip Carlyle, at their Robina business in April of 1997.

Mr Carlyle, 48, was shot four times in the head, his body found by a security guard in the office’s air conditioning plant room.


Pentland did not enter a plea while appearing via video link in the Brisbane District Court on Wednesday.

It’s expected he will face a trial next year at a date yet to be set.

A friend of Pentland’s, John Hitchens, was yesterday committed to stand trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court after also being charged last year with being an accessory to the murder.

Hitchens also entered no plea.