A Qld man accused of murdering his partner told police he’d cut her throat as if he was slicing bread, a court has been told.
A Queensland man admitted to cutting his partner’s throat “like a loaf of bread”, a court has heard.
Ronald Craig is facing trial in the Supreme Court in Brisbane for the murder of Kylie Hitchen in 2011.
Ms Hitchen was found dead in the kitchen of the home she shared with Craig in Esk, northwest of Brisbane, on January 21 that year.
Prosecutor Ben Power told the court her throat had been cut very deeply, through her windpipe and both arteries.
Mr Power said Craig had admitted during a police interview to cutting Ms Hitchen’s throat with a kitchen knife after a drunken row.
Craig told police Ms Hitchen had attacked him with the knife and he’d grabbed it from her, Mr Power said.
“He said: ‘In the heat of the moment, I just cut on the neck’,” Mr Power told the court on Monday.
“The police officer asked the defendant how he had cut her throat. The defendant said: ‘I just cut it like I was cutting a loaf of bread’.”
Mr Power said Ms Hitchen also had two shallow stab wounds to her shoulder and a gaping cut between her thumb and index finger.
“The wounds to her throat were so deep that there were two incised wounds to the bones of her vertebrae,” he said.
Craig and Ms Hitchen were living together at the time she died and had signed a lease to move into a new home, the court heard.
Mr Power said that on the morning Ms Hitchen was found dead, security footage captured Craig using her keycard to withdraw $1300 from two ATMs and to purchase fuel.
The accused then left Queensland and booked into a hotel at Brunswick Heads in NSW, the court heard.
After police spoke with Craig’s family, he surrendered to NSW police.
The trial continues.