Accused killer washed his clothes after murder: court told

ACCUSED murderer Scott Andrew Jobling was up late washing his clothes just hours after his former de facto was brutally killed, a court heard yesterday.

Jobling and co-accused Beau Ernst Hinschen, 20, faced the first day of a committal hearing in Rockhampton Magistrates Court for the murder of Suzanne Standing in August last year.

Ms Standing was found dead in her backyard at Etna Creek on August 5, having suffered severe facial injuries.

She was well known around town for her work selling flowers to patrons in Rockhampton pubs.

The five-year-old son she shared with Jobling is currently staying with family.

Rockhampton CIB Detective Senior Constable Andrew Anderson told the committal Jobling's father Darryl told police his son had brought around washing for his mother to iron the morning after the murder.

He said it was believed Jobling had been up late washing the night before and the clothes had been seized by police.

However, Senior Constable Anderson said when police arrived at Jobling's Dean Street address to inform him of the murder he became visibly distressed.

"He became obviously shaken and needed to sit down,'' he said.

Under examination from Hinschen's representative Brendan Ryan, Senior Constable Anderson, said police had scoured Jobling's Dean Street address on August 8.

He said officers used scientific equipment to search for traces of Ms Standing's blood but none was found.

But he said Jobling wasn't arrested until his co-accused implicated him in the murder during a police interview.

Ms Standing's father and sister were in the courtroom public gallery for yesterday's hearing as were Hinschen's relatives.

The hearing resumes this morning. It is expected to last about two weeks.

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