Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Rockhampton murderer loses appeal bid

A university student found guilty of murdering a Rockhampton woman has lost his bid to appeal his conviction in the High Court.

Beau Ernest Hinschen was last year jailed for life for the murder of Suzanne Standing at her home in August 2005.

She was stabbed and had her face shattered and the trial judge described the killing as vicious and frenzied.

Hinschen claimed that Ms Standing's former partner, Scott Jobling, forced him at gunpoint to kill the 30-year-old woman.

Hinschen's lawyers today sought leave to appeal their client's conviction in the High Court, arguing the trial judge failed to properly instruct the jury about his previous good character.

But the High Court refused the application, concluding that it was not convinced that an error occurred or that there was a miscarriage of justice.

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