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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Family of 2009 murder victim launch appeal for information

Family members have joined police today in making a fresh appeal for information relating to the Australia Day 2009 murder of Omega Ruston (pictured) on the Gold Coast Highway.

Police say the 32-year-old Gold Coast man, a father-of-two and construction worker, was driving along the highway at Burleigh Heads at approximately 10.25pm when he was shot dead in a suspected road rage incident.

“Omega had been travelling south in his white 2001 Holden Rodeo ute with two friends when he pulled over on the highway near the intersection with 5th Avenue following a traffic incident with a second vehicle,” Queensland Police said in a statement.

“Omega and one of his passengers exited the ute, as the second vehicle, a small maroon four-door sedan was seen stopping behind his vehicle before driving forward,” QPS said.

“Two shots were fired from the rear passenger side window of the maroon sedan, with one shot fatally striking Omega in the abdomen.”

Police say witnesses reported seeing three men of middle eastern appearance in the maroon vehicle, with the rear passenger seen holding a black semi-automatic style pistol.

The maroon coloured vehicle was seen travelling south along the highway following the shooting. 

Investigators from the Homicide Cold Case Investigation Team and Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) commenced a full review into the unsolved homicide investigation last year.

Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn from the Gold Coast CIB said significant forensic breakthroughs have been made in terms of DNA, fingerprint and ballistics evidence. Modern investigative methodologies have also assisted police to better interpret historical telephone data.

“Police believe the persons directly involved in the shooting death of Omega were linked to the Gold Coast and Sydney chapters of organised crime syndicates and outlaw motorcycle gangs,” Detective Ahearn said.

“Police believe that immediately after the shooting death, others with links to Gold Coast and Sydney chapters of these gangs provided assistance to the persons of interest. These persons are being investigated as accessories after the fact to murder, which is also a life imprisonment offence in Queensland,” he said.

“We are aware relationships and loyalties in these gangs change, so we are encouraging those people with information to come forward now as this may be your last chance at redemption.

“This was a horrific crime, committed on a busy road with potentially many people nearby given the Australia Day public holiday so we are further encouraging anyone in the area at the time with even the seemingly smallest piece of information to contact us.”

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