Son Of Murdered Gold Coast Inventor 'Lost Hope' Before Breakthrough Arrest
The son of a wealthy Gold Coast inventor who was found dead in his canal-front home 27 years ago said he had 'lost hope' police would ever make an arrest.
On Tuesday, homicide detectives arrested a 62-year-old Launceston man over Hugo Benscher's murder.
Benscher, 89, was found bound and gagged with head injuries in his Paradise Point home on June 21, 1992.
At the time of his murder, police said there were several burglary and home invasions in nearby Gold Coast canal estates.
Benscher was last seen the day before the murder and received a phone call at 8pm before his body was found the next day.
Years later, Benscher's son Ron admitted he had given up hope that anyone would ever be arrested over the brutal murder.
He described his father's death as a "terrible way to go".
"They showed no mercy, no compassion, no heart, no feelings towards and old, sick feeble man," he told reporters on Tuesday as police announced the arrest.
"The murderer has had 27 years of freedom now surely it is time for the guilty party to pay."
On Tuesday, homicide detectives arrested a 62-year-old Launceston man in relation to Benscher's murder.
The man, formerly from the Gold Coast, was extradited from Tasmania to Brisbane where he was charged with one count of murder.
It comes after cold case detectives launched a full review into the unsolved 27-year-old homicide investigation last year.
Police said detectives reviewed thousands of pieces of evidence, re-interviewed witnesses and received new information which led to the arrest.
Police offered a $250,000 reward for help to solve the cold-case murder and detectives have not ruled out further arrests.
“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 Tara Kentwell said.
Kentwell said a brooch recovered during the investigation is believed to be linked to the murder and urged anyone with information to come forward.
“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," Kentwell said.
The accused will front court in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Born in Hamburg in 1903, Benscher immigrated to Australia in 1948 and invented the inflatable ball bladder and valve for sporting equipment.
He lived in Sydney before retiring to the Gold Coast in 1986 where he lived alone.