Man charged with the murder of missing man Hugo Bonham

UPDATE: Detectives from the Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch and the Homicide Investigation Squad located the body of a man, believed to be that of Hugo Bonham, at a storage facility on Coonan Street, Indooroopilly last night.

The body has been recovered and transported to the John Tongue Centre where further examination and formal identification will occur.

Scientific and Scenes of Crime officers processed the crime scene at Indooroopilly overnight.


EARLIER: A MAN will face court today, charged with the murder of missing Gold Coast ‘spiritual councellor’ Hugo Bonham who disappeared from his Tallai home earlier this month.

Detectives attached to the Gold Coast District CIB and the Homicide Investigation Unit arrested a 35-year-old man from Westlake in Brisbane on Monday afternoon.

The man, believed to be a financial adviser, has since been charged with one count of murder and will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning.

It is understood the accused is head of a financial services firm based in the west Brisbane suburb of Indooroopilly.

Police continue to look for Mr Bonham’s remains.

FEB 14: POLICE are hoping for the best but fearing the worst in the case surrounding the disappearance of a 63-year-old Gold Coast man who has not been seen or heard from in more than 10 days.

Officers have established a crime scene at Hugo Bonham’s home on Settlement Court in Tallai whilst forensic officers comb through the property for evidence as police fear he may have been killed and his body dumped.

Forensic Officer

Forensics removing evidence from Mr Bonham’s home on Settlement Court in Tallai after fears he may have been murdered. PICTURE: Twitter (‏@CGreenbank9)

Mr Bonham (pictured) was last seen by his son on the evening of February 2 and failed to keep an appointment with a real estate agent on the morning of February 3.

It is understood he was last spoken to on the phone by a bank agent on February 3 in relation to a new property he was in the process of purchasing.

He has not been seen or heard from since, which police say is extremely out of character for him.

South Eastern Police Regional Crime Coordinator Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson told reporters they held great concerns for his safety.

“We will probably retain possession of the house for a number of days whilst we conclude the forensic testing,” he said.

“As things stand at the moment, with the information and evidence we have available to us at this time, we do hold grave concerns for Mr Bonham.

“We are at the view that he has probably been killed, and possibly his body disposed of by some means.

“We are hoping for the best, but fear the worst.”

Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson said Mr Bonham referred to himself as a Divine Transformational Facilitator.

“He is involved in Spiritual Counselling,” he said. “He runs conferences and counselling services which are basically designed to transform peoples lives into a lot of happiness.”

Mr Bonham has three children, a son whom resides in Queensland and two others who live in Germany.

“He has missed a number of appointments since then which he would normally not miss, combined with the forensic examination of the house, we have great concerns for him,” Superintendent Hutchinson said.

Mr Bonham’s vehicle remains parked in the driveway of his home.

Investigators are pleading with anyone who has any information, no matter how big or small, to come forward.

“Obviously we would like to speak to anybody from the public who has any knowledge of Mr Bonham’s disappearance,” Superintendent Hutchinson said.

“We would also like to speak to anybody who has any information just about any personal knowledge of Mr Bonham, about his personal life or his business life.”

Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in Settlement Court around February 3 and 4, particularly in the immediate area surrounding Mr Bonham’s residence, is urged to contact police.

Police also ask anyone who has had previous dealings with Mr Bonham or his family to contact them with the information they have.

Mr Bonham is described as being Caucasian, about 178cm tall with a slim build, bald with grey hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to contact local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.