Murdered man Douglas Benge.
Murdered man Douglas Benge. Contributed

Former bikie person of interest in Kunghur murder case

A MAN expected to be extradited to Queensland today on outstanding arrest warrants is a person of interest in the investigation of an unsolved murder at Kunghur in 2010.

Tweed Byron LAC Detective Inspector Laurie Moroney confirmed today Peter James Hasrouny 49, is a former Outlaw Motor Cycle Gang member and a POI in the investigation of Strike Force Buffet.

The Strike Force was set up to investigate the death of disabled pensioner Douglas Warren Benge, 46, whose body was found at his Kunghur property, west of Murwillumbah, in November 2010.

Police yesterday were successful in their application for Hasrouny's extradition to Queensland, with the process expected to be completed today.

Hasrouny was arrested on Tuesday after homicide detectives searched his Kunghur property in relation to the murder investigation, when it was discovered Hasrouny was wanted in Queensland on outstanding warrants unrelated to the murder.

Body identified: death suspicious

Help track down man's killer

A police spokesperson told the Tweed Daily News today items were seized from Hasrouny's property for forensic investigation, in relation to the murder of the 46-year-old.

The spokesperson said police were renewing calls for public assistance, particularly for anyone who had not yet spoken with police in relation to the murder.

A post mortem revealed Mr Benge, a Condong Bowls Club member and avid gardener, was beaten to death with blunt force trauma to the head, sometime between November 13 and November 15 of 2010.

Mr Benge was last seen at Burringbar Bowling Club after a game of bowls with friends on Saturday, November 13. His body was found in his residential shed at Kunghur two days later.

"He was into the bowling club and gardening and not involved in anything untoward, in what we understand," a police spokesperson said.

Det Insp Laurie Moroney said police were calling for any information from the public which may assist in the investigation.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.



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