A chilling warning and an emotional plea from the family of a Gold Coast father, who was shot dead on the side of a road 12 years ago.
Omega Ruston was fatally shot after a road rage incident on the Gold Coast Highway in Burleigh on Australia Day in 2009.
His brother Nick has called on those who know what happened to come forward.
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“To the man who shot Omega, the opportunity to right your wrongs does not come around often.
“You may have been scared or held some misplaced sense of hatred in you, but what’s done is done and you need to make amends.”
“We know that there are people out there who information.
“If you’re remaining silent due to some sense of allegiance or loyalty, please know that the man you’re protecting is a coward.
“Coming forward will inevitably benefit your situation as well, Nick said.
Omega Ruston 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 on January 26, 2009.
They pulled over near the intersection of the Gold Coast Highway and 5th Avenue in Burleigh Heads, 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.
Police believe the shooter and the accomplices are affiliated with bikie gangs both here and on the Gold Coast, and have implied that other people out there, perhaps also connected to gangs, know what happened.
“We believe the persons directly involved with the shooting death of Omega, were provided assistance immediately after the shooting,” Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn said.
“These persons we also believed are also linked to Gold Coast chapters of outlaw motorcycle gangs, are being investigated as accessories after the fact to murder, which is also a life imprisonment offence in Queensland.
“It is never too late to come forward, relationships and loyalties change.
“People who were once scared may no longer be, and we would encourage those people to come forward,” he said.
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