Vincent O'Dempsey is driven into the police watchhouse today.
Vincent O'Dempsey is driven into the police watchhouse today. Dan Peled/AAP

Vincent O’Dempsey charged with Leslie Dam worker’s murder

POLICE have today charged Vincent O'Dempsey 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.

When offering a reward for information in July, police stated Mr Allen had been employed as a labourer and had worked on the construction of the Leslie Dam.

He was never seen again and despite a thorough investigation his body was never located.

Minister for Police and Corrective Services announced a $250,000 reward for information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of any person responsible for the murder of Vincent Raymond Allen in or around the Warwick area in April 1964.
Vincent Raymond Allen was last seen alive in 1964. QPS



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.

Today, detectives charged Mr O'Dempsey, 80, with murder.

He will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

A $250,000 reward remains on offer for information that 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.