Gambler loses fight to have murder conviction overturned

THE Ipswich man who bludgeoned his wife of 37 years to death has lost his fight to have a murder conviction overturned.

Ian Robert Hunter's gambling addiction drove him to lose the love of his life and to ruin a long-running marriage that was the envy of many.

The trial judge highlighted gambling's tragic consequences when he sentenced Hunter in 2012 to life in jail for brutally murdering Vicki Hunter on May 6, 2010.

Police found Mrs Hunter's bloodied body in the garage of the Hunter home on the morning of May 7, 2010.

A metal bar used to bludgeon the 55-year-old to death was found nearby.

Hunter was found upstairs in the lounge room with a light pulse and a letter opener protruding from the back of his hand.

Hunter always maintained an intruder assaulted him before stealing money from his home on the night of his wife's murder.

He tried to argue in The Queensland Court of Appeal that the trial justice erred in directing the jury in relation to credit and lies, motive, DNA and two other grounds - eight in total.

Justice Martin Daubney, in agreement with two other appeal court justices, dismissed the appeal in a judgment handed down on Tuesday morning.

He said he could not find any error with the directions to the jury.

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