Jobling murder trial aborted again
THE murder trial of Rockhampton man Scott Jobling was sensationally aborted in Mackay for the second time in two weeks yesterday.
Justice Kerry Cullinane dismissed the jury after lunch for undisclosed legal reasons.
Jobling, 38, (pictured) had pleaded not guilty to murdering flower girl Suzanne Standing, 30, at Etna Creek near Rockhampton on August 5, 2005.
The Supreme Court trial had previously started on Wednesday, October 21, but was aborted the next day because of a legal complication.
A retrial started on Friday, October 23, and continued until yesterday although one day was lost due to the illness of one of the key trial lawyers.
The cost of the two aborted trials to the community was an estimated $100,000.
A total of 80 witnesses were listed for the trial, but only about 25 were required to testify, and most of them came from Rockhampton.
The Crown case was that Jobling got a mate, Beau Hinschen, then aged 22, to kill Ms Standing while he created an alibi for himself by having dinner with his parents and his son.
Ms Standing was Jobling’s former partner and they had a five-year-old son together and there were custody issues.
Hinschen has already been convicted of the murder and is currently serving a prison sentence.
The trial was held in Mackay because of the extensive publicity given to the Hinschen trial in Rockhampton in June last year and concerns that he might not get a fair trial in Rockhampton.
Jobling’s bail was enlarged and a retrial will be held, possibly in Mackay, on a date to be set next year.