Man faces trial over wife's murder
A MAN accused of murdering his wife in the home they shared has been committed to stand trial in Brisbane Supreme Court.
Police and ambulance officers rushed to the Sonter St, Raceview, home on May 7 to discover the horrifying scene.
They found Vicki Hunter, 55, bludgeoned to death and lying in a pool of blood in the garage and her husband upstairs in the lounge room.
A committal hearing in Ipswich Magistrates Court this week was told of the scene that confronted the first ambulance officers to arrive at the home.
Queensland Ambulance Service paramedic Damien Hardy told the court he found Ian Robert Hunter, 56, lying face-down on the lounge room floor.
Mr Hardy said he remembered seeing blood on the lounge room floor and walls and an object, known to be a letter opener, protruding from Hunter’s right hand.
A piece of material was lying underneath Hunter’s head, as if to stem bleeding.
Mr Hardy said while Hunter was moved to a waiting ambulance to be taken to Ipswich Hospital, he repeatedly asked Hunter what had happened.
While in the ambulance, Mr Hardy said Hunter claimed his wife had injured him.
“I can recall asking Mr Hunter again what happened,” Mr Hardy told the court. “I asked if he knew who had done it – he said yes.
“I asked him who and he said ‘the wife’. I couldn’t quite hear him – I said, ‘Did you say your wife?’
“And he said yes.”
Hunter later told police an intruder with a New Zealand accent and tribal tattoo had attacked him in a brutal home invasion.
He faced a media conference with his son a few weeks later to plead for information relating to his wife’s murder but Hunter was charged with his wife’s murder on July 6.
Hunter had been discovered with injuries but forensic pathologist Dr Nigel Buxton last week told the court it was highly likely they were self-inflicted.
Hunter was this week committed to stand trial on one charge of murder in Brisbane Supreme Court on a date to be fixed.