Fresh appeal launched over 2009 Australia Day homicide on the Gold Coast

Police are launching a fresh appeal into the murder of a Gold Coast man 12 years ago.

32-year-old Omega Ruston was driving along the Gold Coast Highway in Burleigh Heads late on Australia Day in 2009 before a fatal road rage incident occurred.

He was travelling south in a white 2001 Holden Rodeo ute with two friends when some sort of traffic incident occurred just before 10.30 pm.


They pulled over near the intersection with 5th Avenue, where a second vehicle – a small maroon four-door sedan – stopped behind them.

Omega and one of his passengers had exited the ute before two shots were first from the rear passenger side window of the second car.

One of the shots fatally struck Omega in the abdomen.

Witnesses reported at the time seeing three men of middle eastern appearance in the maroon vehicle, with the rear passenger seen holding a black semi-automatic style pistol.

The car they were travelling in was seen moving south along the Gold Coast Highway following the incident.

Police believe those involved in the shooting were linked to bikie gangs here on the coast or in Sydney.

Ruston’s family will today make an appeal for information, in a desperate search for answers.

Investigators commenced a full review into the unsolved homicide last year, identifying new witnesses in New South Wales and Queensland.

Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn from the Gold Coast CIB said significant forensic breakthroughs have been made in terms of DNA, fingerprint and ballistics evidence.

Modern investigative methodologies have also assisted police to better interpret historical telephone data.

“Police 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,” Detective Ahearn said.

“Police believe that immediately after the shooting death, others with links to Gold Coast and Sydney chapters of these gangs provided assistance to the persons of interest.

“These persons are being investigated as accessories after the fact to murder, which is also a life imprisonment offence in Queensland.

“We are aware that relationships and loyalties in these gangs change, so we are encouraging those people with information to come forward now as this may be your last chance at redemption.

“This was a horrific crime, committed on a busy road with potentially many people nearby given the Australia Day public holiday so we are further encouraging anyone in the area at the time with even the seemingly smallest piece of information to contact us,” Detective Ahearn said.

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