Builder murder trial set for 2010

A SUPREME Court murder trial of Tweed builder Clayton Iskov, charged over the death of his estranged wife Kylie Petrina Iskov, will be heard in July next year.

Iskov, 39, from Tweed Heads West, appeared before the Supreme Court in Sydney late last week.

The trial date was set for July 19, 2010, and is likely to take six weeks.

However, a decision has still not been made on whether the trial will be heard in Sydney or a special sitting at Lismore.

Iskov, originally from Inverell, is accused of bashing his wife with an iron bar before staging a car crash involving her Holden Commodore into a tree, one kilometre south of Mooball along the Tweed Valley Way on August 6, 2007.

Kylie died in the car wreck with Iskov driving the white Commodore at the time of impact.

A nurse at the crash scene found her still breathing but her condition rapidly deteriorated.

The Crown alleges the builder’s motive was the breakdown of the couple’s marriage and his fear of having to pay his wife $1 million and 60 per cent of assets.

Iskov is also charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent to do so. He is pleading not guilty.

In evidence at his committal trial held earlier this year in Lismore Local Court, medical evidence was given that head injuries she received were likely to have been inflicted during an assault and not from the car crash.

Police also alleged concern over the position of the woman’s blood spatters .

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