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‘Inside job’: Twist in case involving murder of wealthy Gold Coast inventor

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Thursday April 08, 2021

A man accused of murdering a wealthy Gold Coast inventor allegedly confessed to the killing, but lawyers claim it must have been an “inside job”, a court has been told.

Murder victim Hugo Benscher (Photo: Qld Police)

Philip Michael Stearman, 63, is charged with murdering Hugo Benscher, 89, found bound and gagged in his canal-front home on June 21, 1992.

The widower’s body was found on the kitchen floor of his plush Paradise Point home, tied and gagged with evidence of head injuries.

A grey-haired and bearded Stearman waved to the court by videolink in…



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