Iskov murder trial ordered
MILLIONAIRE Tweed builder Clayton Iskov will stand trial in the Supreme Court charged with the murder of his estranged wife Kylie Petrina Iskov.
Ms Iskov died inside a Holden Commodore driven by her husband after it crashed into a tree one kilometre south of Mooball nearly two years ago.
The decision follows a three-day committal hearing before Lismore Local Court magistrate Michael Dakin, with the Crown alleging the builder's motive was the breakdown of their marriage and his fear of having to pay his wife $1 million and 60 percent of assets.
Iskov, 38, from Tweed Heads West, and originally from Inverell, is accused of bashing his wife before the crash along The Tweed Valley Way at 12.55pm on August 6, 2007. He was driving the car at the time.
Evidence from a nurse who attended the crash scene stated Ms Iskov was still breathing but her condition rapidly deteriorated and she died in the car wreck
Magistrate Dakin yesterday found there was enough evidence put by the Crown that a number of assaults were made on Ms Iskov before the crash to convict Iskov on the charge.
Iskov is also charged with maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent to do so.
Asked if he had anything to say, Iskov replied, “Not guilty your honour.”
Mr Dakin said he had regard to the whole of the evidence and particularly that of Professor Joe Duflou, from the Division of Forensic Medicine at Glebe.
In his evidence Professor Duflou stated the observed head injuries were very likely to have been inflicted in an assault and not a car crash.
Col McPherson for the Crown handed up a “chronology” of incidents alleging what took place. The document was not made available, with mystery still surrounding exactly what the Crown accuses Iskov of doing on the morning leading to his wife's death.
The post mortem carried out on Ms Iskov by Tweed Heads doctor Bill Follent received some criticism by witnesses for a perceived lack of detail, and for what had not been done as part of the procedures.
“It was clear from the outset the autopsy conducted by Dr Follent left more questions unanswered than it answered,” Mr Dakin said.
The case will be mentioned in the NSW Supreme Court, Sydney, on August 7.