Cheaper to kill 'em - court

A ROCKHAMPTON man charged with murdering his former de facto partner had complained about paying her $100 a week in child maintenance and said: “It would be cheaper to kill 'em,” a witness told the Supreme Court in Mackay yesterday.

Scott Jobling, 38, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Suzanne Standing, 30, at Etna Creek, near Rocky, on August 5, 2005.

Jobling and Ms Standing were separated but had a child together and he was five at the time of her death.

The Crown case is that Jobling got a mate, Beau Hinschen, then aged 22, to kill Ms Standing by promising to pay off his $9000 car loan for him.

Hinschen has been convicted of the murder and is in prison.

The Crown says Jobling arranged for the murder and provided an alibi for himself on the night of it, spending it at a family dinner with his son and the boy's grandparents.

One of five witnesses who testified yesterday was Lorraine May Simpson, who said she worked with Jobling at Aussie Rentals in Rockhampton before he went to work at an office supplies company called Sisleys. Jobling continued to visit her to sell office supplies and to talk, she said.

Jobling repeatedly referred to Ms Standing as a “stupid bitch”.

About a month before the death, Ms Simpson said she introduced Jobling to a single mum who mentioned maintenance and Jobling allegedly said he was paying $100 a week and, “It would be cheaper to kill 'em.”



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