UPDATE: Charges laid over Gold Coast cold case murder

UPDATE 12:30pm: Two men and a woman have been charged over a high-profile Gold Coast cold case murder.

Philip Carlyle’s body was found in the plant room of a Glenferrie Drive business in Robina on Sunday, April 13 1997.

The businessman had suffered severe head injuries which a post mortem later revealed as being caused by four gunshot wounds.


In 2016, the cold case investigation was reopened as part of Operation Carye.

Early this morning, Detectives from the Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch and Homicide Investigation Unit raided homes and arrested the trio.

A 68-year-old Robina man has been charged with murder. He is due to face Southport Magistrates Court this afternoon.

A 69-year-old Robina woman has been charged with false or misleading statement and will face the Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 11.

A 66-year-old Reedy Creek man has been charged with accessory after the fact of murder and is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow.

A media conference will be held shortly with further details.

EARLIER: Police have confirmed two men have been arrested over the 1997 execution-style murder of Gold Coast businessman Phillip Carlyle.

A 68-year-old Robina and and a 66-year-old Reedy Creek man are now in police custody after pre-dawn raids.

Mr Carlyle was shot in the head four times with a .32 calibre weapon back in April of 1997 at his internet access company Atnet Pty Ltd at Robina.

Media has filmed cars rolling in to the Southport Watchhouse this morning, with reports Mr Carlyle’s former business partner and that man’s wife are among those in custody.

Police are expected to update the media shortly.

At the time of the murder, police said they believed Mr Carlyle may have known his killer, or killers, and that the crime looked like a professional hit.

Two years after, police offered a $50,000 reward to help solve the crime, as it left authorities baffled.