Husband appeals on conviction for murder

Husband Ian Hunter.
Husband Ian Hunter.
 Ipswich woman Vicki Ann Hunter was murdered by her husband, a court found.
Ipswich woman Vicki Ann Hunter was murdered by her husband, a court found.

A MAN convicted of bludgeoning his wife to death with a metal bar has launched an appeal in the state's top court to have his conviction overturned.

Following a two-week trial last year, Ian Robert Hunter, from Raceview, was found guilty of murdering his wife of 37 years, Vicki Ann Hunter, in May 2010.

He was later sentenced to life imprisonment.

During his trial the court was told police found Mrs Hunter's bloodied body in the garage of the family home on the morning of May 7, 2010.

A metal bar used to bludgeon the 55-year-old to death was found nearby.

Hunter was found upstairs in the lounge room - with a letter opener protruding from the back of his hand.

Hunter always maintained an intruder assaulted him before stealing money from his home on the night of his wife's murder.

However, in the Queensland Court of Appeal yesterday, Hunter's barristers argued there was a risk the jury took into account Hunter's denial surrounding the metal bar as an admission of guilt.

"The risk was this evidence was perceived to be an admission of guilt," the court was told.

"The trial had a number of falsities ... the jury was directed to take some, but not others, into account.

"Police told him a metal bar had been used to kill his wife, so maybe he wanted to distance himself from that, maybe he panicked.

"In this case it was quite apparent very early on he was a suspect because of what the police told him they had found at the scene."

Hunter's barristers further argued more directions should have been given to the jury by the trial judge.

"The jury should have been given some more fulsome directions in relation to the complexities surrounding the case," the court was told.

"Hunter said during the trial he had never seen the metal bar before.

"The Crown based its case on everything Hunter said was a lie.

"The jury was told they could use the apparent lie in relation to the metal bar as an admission of guilt."

Hunter's barristers further argued the trial judge misdirected the jury during the closing summary and failed to give certain directions.

The Queensland Court of Appeal will rule on the case at a later date.

Topics:  appeal ian robert hunter

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