Neil Pentland’s mechanic accused of hiding Carlyle murder weapon

The second man charged in relation to the historic murder of Gold Coast businessman Philip Carlyle has been granted bail.

John Hitchen is accused of disposing of the handgun used to murder the father of three in 1997.

The 66-year-old from Reedy Creek, along with Neil Pentland, 68, and Pentland’s wife were all arrested in early morning raids on Tuesday.


Hitchen has been charged with accessory after the fact of murder and faced Southport Magistrates Court earlier today, where it was revealed he had undertaken work as a mechanic for Pentland.

He was released on bail.

Mr Carlyle’s body was found in the plant room of his Robina business on Sunday, April 13 1997.

Pentland was his business partner at the time and has spent the past 20 years denying he played any part in the murder.

Detectives have confirmed new fingerprinting and DNA technology is responsible for the breakthrough in the investigation, which was a ‘Cold Case’ until it was re-opened last year.