Tweed Byron crime manager Detective Inspector Shane Diehm is asking anyone with information regarding Douglas Benge to come forward.
Tweed Byron crime manager Detective Inspector Shane Diehm is asking anyone with information regarding Douglas Benge to come forward. John Gass

Help track down Uki mans killer

POLICE yesterday renewed calls for information from people who knew a disabled pensioner from Uki who was brutally bashed to death last November.

They have called for anyone who had dealings with, or even played bowls with, 46-year-old Douglas Benge in the months leading up to November to come forward and provide information “no matter how small” it seemed.

Senior investigating police took the unusual step yesterday of calling a press conference at Murwillumbah Police station to renew their appeal for public assistance.

Mr Benge was discovered by neighbours with severe injuries to his body and head at his home on a rural property at Uki on Monday, November 15 last year.

Tweed Byron detectives yesterday announced they have formed Strike Force Buffet to investigate Mr Benge’s death and are being supported by investigators from the NSW homicide squad.

They said inquiries had revealed Mr Benge was last seen leaving Burringbar Bowling Club after a game of bowls with friends on Saturday, November 13.

Tweed Byron crime manager Detective Inspector Shane Diehm said police were following a number of possible leads but needed further public help.

“A lot of people have come forward and given us information,” Det Insp Diehm said.

“But I believe there are people out there who can further assist us.”

Det Insp Diehm said police believed Mr Benge could have died any time after leaving the bowling club at Burringbar.

He described Mr Benge as a loner, originally from the Newcastle area, who “loved his bowls”.

Anyone with information that might assist detectives, especially about Mr Benge’s movements in the days before his death, is urged to contact Tweed Heads detectives on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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