Life in jail for 'brutal' murder

A BUNDABERG man has been sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of the "senseless and brutal" 2008 murder of his wife in which he used a log splitter to smash her head as she slept.

David Jeffrey Miller, 48, showed no emotion when the four-man, eight-woman jury delivered its guilty verdict after just three hours of deliberation, following a seven-day trial in Bundaberg Supreme Court.

Miller claimed he had killed his wife so she would not have to go back to jail on drug production charges the pair were facing, after police raided their home in May 2008 and found more than 140 marijuana plants and 35kg of the harvested drug.

They found a further 140 plants when they returned to investigate the murder.

Miller admitted to killing his wife, but claimed it had been part of a suicide pact the pair had made.

His defence said he was suffering from an "abnormality of mind", but psychiatrists gave varying evidence on whether that was actually the case.

During his sentencing, in which Miller also pleaded guilty to producing and possessing dangerous drugs, the court heard he was on a suspended sentence for growing more than 1500 marijuana plants on a commercial scale in 2003.

"(The murder) was a brutal, violent act," prosecutor Greg Cummings said.

"Mr Miller killed his wife when she was at her most vulnerable."

Mr Cummings said he did not believe Mrs Miller had wanted to die.

"It was the act of a man who decided to take out his problems on his partner," he said.

"There was no suicide pact."

Defence barrister Carl Heaton said his client had had a tough upbringing, never knowing his father and ending up in a foster home.

Justice Duncan McMeekin sentenced Miller to life in jail, with sentences of up to two-and-a-half years imposed for the drugs charges, all of which will run concurrently.

"This was a brutal, senseless murder," Justice McMeekin said.

Topics:  bundaberg supreme court, crime, jail, murder, prison




Local Real Estate

finda logo
Featured Real Estate
NEAT and TIDY TIMBER... $235,000
House 2 1 1
LOCATION and... $229,000
House 3 1 2
A PERFECT PACKAGE IN... $255,000
House 2 1 4
ON THE CREEK!!! GREAT... $555,000...
Rural 4 2 1

Featured Jobs

finda logo

Bundaberg jobs listed daily


Featured Jobs
MANAGEMENT REPORTING... Bundaberg Full Time
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING &... Bundaberg Full Time
Pool Maintenance Bundaberg Full Time
NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE &... Bundaberg Full Time


Local Partners

LATEST DEALS AND OFFERS

Great Gardening...

Win a $500 gardening gift voucher
Learn More

View today's ePaper!

Read the digital edition
Learn More

Cars For Sale

Find cars for sale online now.
Learn More

Property Listings

Post an ad from $30
Learn More

Local Profile

Stay Connected

Get the news as it happens, in your inbox

You can change the newsletters you are subscribed to when you edit your profile

Edit Profile


Special Offers

Latest deals and offers

Horoscopes

Libra

Someone has overlooked to repay you some money or a favor. You may be at odds as to how to deal with this. Give it a little more time, then...

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save