O’Dempsey charged over cold case murder

Vincent O''Dempsey. (File image)

Queensland Police have charged former Warwick resident Vincent O’Dempsey, 80, with the 1964 murder of Vincent Raymond Allen in Warwick.

In July, the Minister for Police and Corrective Services confirmed a $250,000 reward for information relating to the murder of Vincent Allen. The reward offering formed an important component of a cold case review being conducted by investigators from the Homicide Cold Case Investigation Team and Brisbane Region.

Vincent Allen was last seen alive in a vehicle driven by a known associated around 5pm on April 18, 1964. He was never seen again. Despite a thorough investigation his body was never located.

A coronial hearing in February 1980 supported the police view and on April 2, 1980 the State Coroner declared Allen to be deceased and that his death had likely occurred in the Warwick area.

Detectives have charged O’Dempsey with murder and he is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today, Tuesday 20 August.

The $250,000 reward remains on offer for information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person/persons responsible for the murder of Vince Allen. In addition, an appropriate indemnity from prosecution will be recommended for any accomplice, not being the person who actually committed the crime, who first gives such information.

• Got information? Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Warwick Police on 4660 4444.


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