SES members search the yard for clues following the 2002 murder of Ingrid Lester. The home she had shared with her killer is now the subject of an application for a restraining order.
SES members search the yard for clues following the 2002 murder of Ingrid Lester. The home she had shared with her killer is now the subject of an application for a restraining order. File photo

Ingrid's killer should not profit

THE URRAWEEN home where Hervey Bay mum Ingrid Lester was brutally killed has been targeted by the Director of Public Prosecutions to stop murderer Jim Lester profiting from the property.

The DPP wants to make sure that Lester can’t sell or rent the house, which had been the Lesters’ family home when they were married and which is still in his name.

An application for a restraining order on the Madsen Road property will be heard in a Brisbane court within two weeks.

The body of Ms Lester was found in a pool of blood at the home in November 2002.

The 35-year-old had been stabbed more than 40 times.

After two trials and seven years Jim Lester was found guilty of offering hit man Michael Kinsella $10,000 to kill his estranged wife.

Ingrid’s mother Ligita Sternbergs said she was not involved in the application.

“I just want to leave it alone. I just want to forget about it and keep out of it,” she said.

She said her daughter had not left a will and that she would have been entitled to one-eighth of Ingrid’s half of the estate.

It is almost 12 months to the day since Ms Sternbergs released her book To the Bitter End, her written account of Ingrid’s life and death.

An epilogue was considered after Lester’s conviction and prison sentence in October last year following a retrial but the publishers have indicated sales of the book did not warrant a reprint.

The book sold about 24,000 copies on its January 2009 launch.

The application for a restraining order will be heard on February 1. Shaun Lester, Zaharia Panagiotoudis, Peter Francis Ponti and John Anthony Richards are the other parties named with Jim Lester in the DPP application.



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