Arrest for Britton cold case murder at Airlie Beach, QLD

Cold case homicide detectives have today charged a man with the murder of Dorothy Britton at Airlie Beach in 1996, Queensland Police say.

The 51-year-old Port Neill (South Australia) man and former resident of Airlie Beach was arrested in Brisbane early this afternoon. He was charged with one count of murder and will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow, June 22.

Homicide Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Knight said despite today’s arrest, police continue to appeal for information relating to the murder.

“Detectives believe that there are more people who may have spoken with the suspect over the years and who still have information about this tragic murder. The door is never shut, we still want people to contact police” Detective Senior Sergeant Knight said.

“I hope that today’s arrest reinforces our strong belief that the passage of time is no comfort to people who commit violent crime,” he said.

A government reward of $250,000 remains on offer for information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder.

The reward further offers an opportunity for indemnity against prosecution for any accomplice, not being the person who actually committed the murder, who first gives such information.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers.

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