Bail for Aust Day road rage murder accused

A man accused of involvement in an Australia Day road rage shooting that left a Gold Coast father-of-two dead more than 13 years ago has been released on bail.

Paul Younan is charged over the killing of 32-year-old Omega Ruston in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast on January 26, 2009.

The 36-year-old was refused bail in April, but granted bail by Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Melanie Hindman on Monday.


Mr Ruston was travelling along the Gold Coast Highway in his white 2001 Holden Rodeo ute when he was shot dead in a suspected road rage incident about 10.25pm.

Younan and two co-accused – Toni Elbayeh and Hysam Hamdan – were extradited from NSW to Queensland in February after being arrested in Sydney.

All three were charged with murder and other offences, while a fourth man Brent Luke Simpson, who was arrested on the same day as the other men, faces charges including being an accessory after the fact to Ruston’s murder.

Their arrests followed an appeal last year during which a $250,000 reward was offered.

The cases against Younan, Elbayeh and Hamdan are listed for mention in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday, while Simpson is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on August 11.

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