Boy, 14, one of six teenagers charged with murder over two separate killings

SIX teenage boys have been charged with murder following two separate killings in Queensland and Victoria.

Three boys from the Logan area, aged 14, 15 and 16, were arrested by homicide detectives on Thursday morning and each charged with the murder of 55-year-old Gregory Gardner in Brisbane earlier this year.

They are thought to be among some of the youngest people ever charged with murder in Queensland.


Mr Gardner was found by his room mate, deceased on a mattress in the lounge room of their Ellis Street home at Coorparoo on 15 January.

Police allege Mr Gardner died from injuries that he sustained in a vicious robbery at Stones Corner, at Greenslopes in Brisbane’s south, five days earlier.

It’s alleged the 55-year-old was bailed up, bashed and robbed by four teenage boys at the intersection of Logan Road and Montague Street around 2.30am on 10 January.

He was taken to hospital with cuts and bruising to his head but later discharged himself from the facility.

At the time, three boys, two of whom were aged just 14, were arrested and charged with offences relating to the robbery, including robbery with violence and assault occasioning bodily harm.

Following Mr Gardner’s death on January 15, Operation Papa Bugle was formed to investigate the case further.

After an intense eight-month-long investigation, homicide detectives on Thursday charged the same three teenage boys, now aged 14, 15 and 16, with one count each of murder.

All three appeared briefly in Brisbane’s Children’s Court on Thursday where they were remanded in custody.


Meanwhile, in Victoria, homicide detectives on Thursday arrested three teenagers, aged 16, 17 and 18, and charged them with murdering 43-year-old Paul Costa in Melbourne’s north.

The trio is accused of killing Mr Costa in a botched carjacking at Brunswick West on July 2 this year.

The father-of-four’s body was found by a passer-by in Dunstand Reserve just before 8.30 the following morning.

Mr Costa was still wearing the high-class Ermenegildo Zegna suit that he’d left his home in the night before.

According to The Age, the 43-year-old had set out from his home in which he shares with his parents to go on a date on the night of July 2, but he never returned.

Mr Costa’s car was located four days after his body was found, abandoned in Berry Street, Coburg, about one kilometre away from his home.

Two boys aged 17 and 18 were arrested in Thomastown on Thursday morning, while the third, a 16-year-old, was arrested at Newcastle, in NSW.

All three were charged with one count each of murder.

The 17-year-old appeared in a Children’s Court on Thursday afternoon, while the 18-year-old fronted Melbourne Magistrates Court where he was remanded in custody until the case is next mentioned on January 15.

It is expected the 16-year-old will be extradited to Victoria today where he’ll appear in a Children’s Court.