How cops cracked bru­tal mur­der case

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

jack.har­bour@news.com.au ex­tra­dited back to Aus­tralia, where they were con­victed of mur­der.

“By the time we even knew they ex­isted, they’d gone,” De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Gar­rett said.

“He (one of the New Zea- lan­ders) had been bit­ten we be­lieve dur­ing the mur­der, dur­ing the strug­gle and he’d left small amounts of blood be­hind.

“He wasn’t known to po­lice here at all. He’d only been here a short time and promptly left.

“They went way way over­board and the jury was sat­is­fied that in the process of rob­bing him, the way they tied him up en­dan­gered his life.”

Po­lice say the at­tack was mo­ti­vated by John­ston, who had lost his job at Har­bour Town and in­tended to rob Dwyer. Dur­ing the rob­bery the trio killed the drug dealer.

Sergeant Todd Miller was the of­fi­cer to fi­nally ar­rest and charge John­ston five months af­ter the mur­der and said the Labrador lo­cal was shocked when he was ap­proached by po­lice.

“He has no idea that you even sus­pect him as the mur­derer and to say Dustin John­ston SERGEANT TODD MILLER you’re un­der ar­rest for mur­der … it’s the ul­ti­mate, it’s why you join the job,” he said

“Tenac­ity, team­work and thor­ough­ness – that’s the only way you solve those things.

“The fin­ger­prints that we lo­cated led us up one path and you’ve got to elim­i­nate them all.”

Se­nior Sergeants Si­mon Gar­rett and Peter Robb, Sergeants James Bolton, John Carey and Todd Miller and Se­nior Con­sta­ble Cather­ine Brown were yes­ter­day awarded As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner’s Cer­tifi­cates for their ex­em­plary work in the 2010 con­vic­tion of the three men for the mur­der of Dwyer.

They were six of a large num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers recog­nised for out­stand­ing ser­vice at the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice Gold Coast Dis­trict awards cer­e­mony at Broad­beach.

Mur­der vic­tim Daniel Dwyer.

Sgt Todd Miller, Snr Sgt Si­mon Gar­rett, Snr Const Cather­ine Brown, Snr Sgt Peter Robb and Sgt John Carey at the QPS ser­vice in Broad­beach Waters where they were given awards for their work in solv­ing the mur­der of Daniel Dwyer. Pic­ture: RICHARD GOSLING

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