Crown says accused is the obvious culprit in knife killing

THE suggestion anyone else but Zarko Ilic fatally stabbed his stepfather in their Goodna home is ludicrous, a jury has heard.

In his closing statement yesterday, Crown prosecutor Brendan Campbell told the jury Ivan Martic had absolutely no reason to stab himself twice.

Ilic is on trial in the Supreme Court after pleading not guilty to murdering his stepfather, Mr Martic. The trial has heard there was long-running animosity between the two and on September 29, 2009, they were arguing.

Mr Martic was found on his bed with a knife blade protruding from his back.

Mr Campbell told the jury the only person who could have stabbed Mr Martic was the Ilic.

"It had not been set up to look as though he had been stabbed by someone else," he said.

"He was found with a knife blade embedded in his back because he had in fact been stabbed by someone else. That someone else was this accused, his stepson."

Mr Campbell said Mr Martic may have been a bad stepfather and a bully, but that was no excuse to stab him to death.

He said the defence would have the jury believe that Mr Martic decided to kill himself.

But the suggestion it was anybody else that inflicted the final stab to Mr Martic was simply "ludicrous", Mr Campbell said.

Defence barrister Dennis Lynch said if the jury looked at all of the evidence it might have thought it was "astounding" there could be so many different types of evidence all pointing to one direction.

He referred to Mr Martic's hair and DNA found on the knife handle, Mr Martic's history of threatening suicide when upset and his wife seeing him on the ground, but not with a knife in his back.

The jury might think the only logical explanation was Mr Martic had the knife, Mr Lynch said.

The trial continues



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