ANXIOUS WAIT: Ian Hunter has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife of 37 years.
ANXIOUS WAIT: Ian Hunter has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife of 37 years. File

Accused husband awaiting verdict

THE jury in the murder trial of Ian Robert Hunter has retired to decide whether Hunter is guilty or not guilty of killing his wife of 37 years.

Hunter has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Vicki Ann Hunter at their Raceview home on May 6, 2010. Police were called to the house the following morning after two anonymous triple-0 calls.

They found Hunter semi-naked and semi-conscious on the lounge room floor with a letter opener protruding from the back of his hand.

The jury in the Supreme Court trial in Brisbane has heard Hunter's claim an intruder broke into his house, assaulted him and stole money.

Police later found Mrs Hunter bludgeoned to death in the garage.

After two weeks of witness testimonies, expert analysis and legal submissions, the jury retired at midday yesterday to determine Hunter's fate.

The prosecution alleges Hunter killed his wife for her life insurance pay-out.

But Hunter's legal team argue he loved his wife and the couple was not in financial trouble.

Justice George Fryberg reminded the jury the case against Hunter was circumstantial.



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