Prominent Australian Businessman Dies After Head Repeatedly Hit With 'Blunt Object' Inside Home; Killer Still on the Loose

By Jace Dela Cruz

May 11, 2024 06:45 AM EDT

A man brutally beaten in his home in Queensland, Australia, before dying in a hospital 10 days later, has been identified as prominent businessman Jim Hill, and his killer is still on the loose. 


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Prominent Businessman in Australia Died After Brutally Beaten By Unidentified Killer

According to 7News, Jim Hill, 76, was a veteran of the Queensland bus industry who owns the Gatton Bus Service, which operated in the Brisbane and Lockyer Valley regions for years. He became a famous figure in the community after 7NEWS reported his story of offering free rides on a vintage bus in 2020.

According to local police, Hill was at his home in Gatton, Queensland, on the evening of Anzac Day when an individual attacked him with a blunt object. Police said the killer may have entered through a back door. 

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Killer of the Prominent Australian Businessman Still on the Loose

Detective Inspector Heath McQueen said Jim Hill was found at his home with "significant head injuries" that are consistent with being struck multiple times.

Following the vicious assault, the businessman was able to contact his daughter Tayla, who called emergency services. He was then rushed to Toowoomba Hospital for treatment.

Despite initial signs of recovery, Hill died after suffering blunt force trauma to his head during the attack. McQueen said his condition reportedly worsened due to "complications, which ultimately led to his death on May 5.

The motive behind the attack remains unclear, and investigators have yet to establish whether it was random or targeted. The attacker's identity is also unknown.

McQueen is asking people around the area to check their CCTV and dashcam footage recorded on the night of April 25 and contact the police as he vowed to find the killer.

"It's horrendous... He's an elderly gentleman in his own home. We're working with the victim's families and we'll continue to apply the resources necessary to solve this crime," McQueen said, as 7NEWS reported.

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