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Inside job theory aired over alleged murder of Hugo Benscher




A surprising theory that the alleged killing of a wealthy Gold Coast investor more than 29 years ago may have been an “inside job” has been aired in a Queensland court.

Hamburg-born inventor Hugo Benscher, 89, was found dead in 1992 but police only charged Philip Michael Stearman with his murder after a breakthrough in the cold case last year.

Mr Stearman, 62, is due to face a committal hearing but claims of Mr Benscher’s death being an “inside job” and his troubled relationships with housekeepers were aired at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday.


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