Slade Point killer loses appeal

SLADE Point killer Kenneth Martin lost an appeal against his murder conviction yesterday.

Martin, now 56, had a blood-alcohol level which was back-calculated to be 0.311% when he stabbed his partner, Darlene Saltner, 57 times.

The couple lived together but after an argument she moved temporarily in November, 2009, to Biloela, where he texted her 28 times and made 208 phone calls to her.

She came back to Mackay on December 18, 2009, and was killed by him two days later.

A Mackay jury convicted him of murder after a four-day trial in August last year and he was jailed for life.

Martin had three grounds for appeal, including intoxication level too high for intent and points of law about matters from the trial.

In a 28-page judgment handed down yesterday, the Court of Appeal chaired by Justice Margaret McMurdo dismissed all grounds for appeal and upheld the jury's verdict.
The couple's is being raised by relatives.



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