Lester guilty of murdering wife

A JURY has found Hervey Bay man Jim Lester guilty of the murder of his estranged wife Ingrid Lester.

Lester, 46, was found guilty of procuring Ms Lester’s death by offering hitman Michael Kinsella $10,000 to kill her in November 2002.

Kinsella and Lester are now both serving mandatory life prison sentences for the crime.

It took the Queensland Supreme Court jury less than two days to reach the guilty verdict, to which Lester reacted by shaking his head in disbelief, taking off his tie and drawing deep breaths.

During the two-week trial, the Brisbane court was told Ms Lester was viciously stabbed, cut 43 times and left on the floor in a pool of blood.

Crown lawyers claimed Lester sought her death after becoming jealous of her relationship with family friend Alisdair Morrison.

The court heard that because Lester was on bail for the attempted murder of Mr Morrison at the time of Ms Lester’s murder, his life prison sentence began yesterday and would not take into account any pre-sentence custody already served.

He will have to spend 15 years in jail for Ms Lester’s murder before becoming eligible for parole.

Justice James Douglas said this meant Lester would effectively serve a total of 20 years’ imprisonment for his crimes.

Read more about Jim Lester and his trial.



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