Luke Ogilvie.
Luke Ogilvie.

Murder charges for Ogilvie death

THE father of a murdered Bilambil man yesterday welcomed the news that four people had been charged.

The charred remains of Luke Ogilvie, 50, were discovered by emergency services after fire destroyed his home on Urliup Road in the early hours of March 26.

“That’s wonderful news; we’re delighted,” Luke’s father Doug Ogilvie said.

“It’ll bring it to a closure.

“It’s been terrible; it’ll be a lot easier and better for us now.”

Following extensive investigations, Benjamin Biffin, 30, and Nicholas Joseph McCulloch, 24, both from Tweed Heads South, were yesterday charged at Tweed Heads Police Station with murder, robbery in company and destroying property by fire.

Andrew Biffin, 28, who was already in custody, was charged with the same offences.

The trio appeared before Tweed Heads local Court yesterday and did not apply for bail. They are to appear before Lismore District Court on August 17.

While the men sat in the courtroom’s dock, Andrew Biffin spent most of the time smiling, winking and waving in the direction of a pregnant young woman in the gallery who was holding a young boy.

On Friday, a 26-year-old man was taken from a correctional facility in Kempsey and charged with murder in relation to the matter. Further charges are expected to be laid against that man. He was due to appear yesterday at Kempsey Local Court.

Tweed Byron Crime Manager Detective Inspector Shane Diehm could not comment on whether Luke died before or after the fire or motives.

Det Insp Diehm praised the dedication of the investigators involved in Strike Force Daruk.

“The professionalism and determination shown by the Tweed Byron detectives and State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad in this case is outstanding,” Det Insp Diehm said.

Mr Ogilvie also commended the police for their hard work.

“The police have been magnificent; they’ve been wonderful,” he said.

“It’s been a difficult case.”

Mr Ogilvie added he and Luke’s mother have been traumatised over the ordeal.

“He was a lovely boy; parents always love their children,” he said.

“He didn’t deserve that sort of end.”

Det Insp Diehm said police were still asking for help to locate Luke’s stolen $20,000 Queensland-registered Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The motorcycle is described as a black 1990 FXR Superglide Harley Davidson with Queensland registration UP 401.

“The investigation will be ongoing and anyone with any information at all relating to the murder of Luke Ogilvie is encouraged to come forward and contact police through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Tweed Heads Detectives on (07) 5536 0999,” Det Insp Diehm said.

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