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Wife killer recalls love story

A MAN who launched a log splitter into the head of his sleeping wife has told a jury of his love for her and that he would have done "anything in the world" for her.

David Jeffrey Miller, 48, yesterday took to the stand on the third day of his trial in Bundaberg Supreme Court and described the day he first met wife Tracey.

"I was living and working in the Bucca area on a smallcrop farm and I stopped at the Bucca Hotel on the way home," he said.

"I noticed Tracey and her boyfriend, and Tracey came to the bar and ordered a glass of water. And that's when she said to me: 'What the f**k are you looking at, c**t?'"

Miller told the court he became close friends with Tracey and her then boyfriend and, four years later, they started dating.

"We've been together ever since," he said.

"I loved Tracey from the moment I met her in the pub. For me, that was the big attraction with Tracey. It was amazing to meet a lady who spoke her mind."

Miller told the court Tracey had been a heroin addict and, when she gave up that drug, she replaced it with marijuana and prescription pills.

"Her consumption of alcohol throughout her life has been astronomical," he said.

It was that addiction that saw Miller and his wife spend six months and five months respectively in jail for drug production and possession in 2003.

"It (jail) was a nightmare," Miller said.

"I wrote Tracey a letter every day. She said she never wanted to go back there again."

But in 2008, police raided the Millers' South Bingera home and found more than 36kg of dried cannabis and 145 cannabis plants growing in a hydroponic set-up. A discovery that meant the pair faced another stint behind bars.

During this week's trial, the court was told how Tracey claimed she would rather die than go back to jail and that the pair had regularly discussed committing suicide and "ending it" after the police raid.

Defence barrister Carl Heaton told the jury his client had meant to kill himself when he smashed his car into a tree after he killed his wife in June 2008.

Miller has pleaded guilty to manslaughter but not guilty to murder.

Mr Heaton said jury members would have to decide whether they believed Miller was impaired by an "abnormality of mind" when he killed the woman.

The trial continues.

Topics:  bundaberg supreme court crime manslaughter murder



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