Jobling on trial for murder
SCOTT Jobling approached a mate and asked him: “Will you kill my ex-wife?”
He asked his mate over and over again to kill her and eventually drove him to her property on Rockhampton's outskirts to reconnoitre the area, told him the time to do it, and arranged for an alibi for himself on the night of the murder, the Supreme Court heard in Mackay yesterday.
Flower seller Suzanne Standing, 30, was found dead outside her Etna Creek home in August, 2005, and she had been repeatedly punched, strangled and stabbed in the neck and chest and had her throat cut.
Jobling, 38, pleaded not guilty yesterday to murdering his former partner and mother of their five-year-old son on August 5, 2005.
The man who did the actual killing was Beau Hinschen, now aged 24, who has already been convicted of the murder.
Jobling is now facing a separate trial on the grounds that he procured the murder, Crown prosecutor Richard Pointing said.
The names of 80 witnesses were read out when the trial started but not all will be called to testify.
The evidence will be in four categories, Mr Pointing said, and the first category was the relationship between Scott Jobling and Suzanne Standing. They had a son, 5, but were separated and there were domestic violence orders in place.
Jobling had access on Tuesday and Friday nights and every second weekend. But he wanted more.
“That was not enough, it seems. He wanted full access without interference from the mother,” Mr Pointing said.
The second category was the friendship between Scott Jobling and Beau Hinschen, who had known each other for several years. There was telephone traffic between them in the lead-up to the death, including text messages, but which ended on the day she was murdered.
Hinschen never met Ms Standing and had no relationship with her. But Jobling was the link between them, Mr Pointing said.
The third category, the police investigation, would eventually lead to Hinschen.
That evidence included a photograph of Ms Standing's property, showing the letterbox and driveway, snapped from inside a passing car, found on Hinschen's camera after the murder, taken before it, and showing a crack in the windscreen of the car from which it was taken.
It will be alleged that Hinschen took the photo while Jobling was the car driver and it was one of Jobling's company's cars, Mr Pointing said.
The crack on the car window is clearly seen in the photo.
“That photo on that camera still is the most telling evidence,” Mr Pointing said.
The fourth category will be Hinschen's evidence.
Hinschen was a student at CQUniversity and he owed $9000 on a car loan and it will be alleged Jobling offered to pay the loan out if Hinschen killed Ms Standing.
On the night of the killing, Jobling arranged to have dinner with his parents and his son as an alibi, Mr Pointing said.
Hinschen will testify that he was hounded into committing the murder.
Hinschen will say he drove his car to Etna Creek, carrying a baseball cap and carving knife in a backpack, and he also took a mountain bike.
He drove to about 800 metres from Ms Standing's home, rode the bike along a railway line, then walked to a “blind spot” where there was no light and which had earlier been pointed out by Jobling, Mr Pointing said.
There was nothing taken from the house, so robbery was out of the question, he said.
“The only purpose of this attack was to bring about Suzanne Standing's death. No rape. No robbery. Simply to kill her,” Mr Pointing said.
The trial continues today.