Woman's throat 'cut like a loaf of bread', court hears

A MAN accused of murdering his partner at the height of the 2011 flood disaster told police after his arrest he cut her throat like a loaf of bread and left her to bleed out on the kitchen floor, a court has heard.

Ronald Michael Craig pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday to murdering Kylie Hitchen, 35, at the house they shared in Esk during the early hours of January 22, 2011.

Craig instead pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but the Crown rejected the plea and continued to pursue the murder charge.

Crown prosecutor Ben Power told the court in graphic detail about the events leading up to Ms Hitchen's brutal death.

Mr Power told the court the two had been drinking throughout the evening and got into an argument about perceived infidelities.

He told jurors they would hear from police officers who interviewed Craig after his arrest and that interview would be played to them during the trial.

"He told detectives he had 'just cut her f***in' throat' in the heat of the moment to shut her up," he said.

Mr Power told the court Craig then had a shower, packed a small bag and left the house about 40 minutes later.

"He took Ms Hitchen's car and drove from Esk to Kilcoy where he withdrew $1000 out of her account," he said.

"After visiting his friend he drove to Brunswick Heads in New South Wales and checked himself into a motel before handing himself over to police."

Earlier in the trial Craig's barrister Richard Taylor submitted 39 agreed facts that the defence will not dispute. The trial before Justice David Jackson continues.


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