Murder arrest for 1992 Paradise Point cold case

Homicide detectives have charged a 62-year-old Launceston man in relation to the murder of 89-year-old Hugo Benscher at his Gold Coast home in 1992.

The Launceston man, formerly of the Gold Coast, was today extradited from Tasmania to Brisbane where he was charged with one count of murder.

The arrest follows a renewed public appeal last year and review by investigators of the Homicide Group’s Cold Case Investigation Team and Gold Coast CIB.

As part of the investigation, thousands of pieces of evidence were reviewed, witnesses re-interviewed, evidence re-examined, and new information was received leading to today’s arrest.

On the morning of Sunday, June 21 1992, Hugo was found deceased at his canal-front Paradise Point home.

He was found bound and gagged on the floor, with a head injury.

At the time of Hugo’s murder there were several burglary and home invasion offences in nearby Gold Coast canal estates.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tara Kentwell said despite today’s arrest, police are continuing to appeal for information relating to the murder.

“Police believe there are more people who possess information about the murder of Hugo Benscher and may be more willing to give information following today’s arrest,” Detective Senior Sergeant Kentwell said.

“During the recent investigation police came into possession of a brooch that we believe may be linked to Hugo’s murder and we are asking anyone with knowledge of the brooch to contact police.

“We also remain interested in speaking with anyone who interacted with Hugo at the Runaway Bay Yacht Club around 1992 or have knowledge of a boat in coming into the Paradise Point canal where Hugo lived on the evening of June 20 1992.”

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.

Queensland Police thank Tasmania Police for their assistance with this investigation.

Investigations remain ongoing. The man is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

L to R: Hugo Benscher, his Paradise Point home in 1992, a brooch that may be linked to the investigation.

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You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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