GRIEF LINGERS: Doris Hillier and Jodie Hillier remember to loss of Bryan Hodgkinson, 29 years after he was murdered their emotions still run raw. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
GRIEF LINGERS: Doris Hillier and Jodie Hillier remember to loss of Bryan Hodgkinson, 29 years after he was murdered their emotions still run raw. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

After almost 30 years, we don't know who killed Bryan

ALMOST 29 years after her brother was murdered, Doris Hillier is still waiting for closure.

No one has been convicted of the murder of taxi driver Bryan Hodgkinson.

Mrs Hillier said time had not healed the pain she and her family felt.

Mr Hodgkinson was murdered on the night of September 10, 1987.

Capital punishment is one way to stop these murder charges

He was last seen alive at a Bundaberg taxi rank at 12.30am.

The body of Mr Hodgkinson, 48 at the time, was found the next morning by a school bus driver at a quarry near Goodwood.

He had several stab wounds to the chest and abdomen, but police at the time believed the main cause of death was wounds to the head caused by a blunt object.

Bryan Hodgkinson was murdered while driving his taxi.
Bryan Hodgkinson was murdered while driving his taxi.

Mr Hodgkinson's taxi was later found in Beatrice St, with blood on the side door and bumper bar.

As the investigation went on police revealed more details of the horrific murder.

Mr Hodgkinson was apparently made to stop on a dirt road near the quarry where his body was found.

His throat was then cut from behind.

After struggling desperately with his killer, he ran about 15 metres, clutching a handkerchief to his throat.

He was stabbed again and then bashed to death with what police believe was a tyre lever.

The investigation into Mr Hodgkinson's murder was reopened by Bundaberg police in May last year.

Police are hoping that assistance from the public and further developments in forensic testing will finally close the case.

In 2009 new information led police to believe the man responsible for the murder had died.

Another man was charged with being an accessory to the murder.

Playing table tennis as a youngster.
Playing table tennis as a youngster.

But in a committal hearing in 2009 the case was dismissed after a magistrate decided there was not enough evidence.

Mrs Hillier, who was a patient of Dr Jayant Patel, said her seriously ill mother had clung to life as long as she could so she could see Dr Patel and her son's murderer behind bars.

At the time of his murder Mr Hodgkinson's family called for the death penalty to be brought back.

Mrs Hillier has not softened her stance.

"Capital punishment is one way to stop these murder charges," she said.

"If someone was thinking about murder they might think twice." 

The Queensland Police Service did not respond to a request for information about the investigation into Mr Hodgkinson's murder.



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