Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Will You Kill My Ex-Wife?

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Will You Kill My Ex-Wife?

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Byline: Bruce Mckean

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 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; 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 five-year-old son 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 it ended on the day she was murdered.

Hinschen never met Ms Standing and had no relationship with her. …

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