The people who shot father Omega Ruston dead during a Gold Coast road rage incident 12 years ago are linked to bikie and criminal gangs.
The 32-year-old construction worker had got out of his ute on the Gold Coast Hwy at Burleigh Heads to talk to the driver of a small maroon sedan after the incident when he was shot dead at 10:25pm on Australia Day in 2009.
The case had been cold for a decade, but new witnesses have recently come forward in NSW and Queensland with evidence about the killing.
Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn says that new evidence and breakthroughs in ballistics, fingerprint and telephone data analysis have helped police to hone in on the culprits.
He says those who shot Mr Ruston, and those who helped them get away with it, are linked to Sydney and Gold Coast chapters of organised criminal and bikie gangs.
“Immediately after the shooting death, others with links to Gold Coast and Sydney chapters of these gangs provided assistance to the persons of interest,” Det Insp Ahearn said in a statement.
“These persons are being investigated as accessories after the fact to murder, which is also a life imprisonment offence in Queensland.”
Mr Ruston’s brothers Nicholas and Christian will make a public appeal for more information alongside police in Brisbane on Monday morning.
Det Insp Ahearn said anyone with any information about the shooting could help provide closure to the Ruston family and bring the culprits to justice.
“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,” he said.
“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.”