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Blood is key in woman's death: Police

A BLOOD splatter pattern could be enough to convict 36-year-old Clayton John Iskov of murdering his wife.

In Lismore Local Court yesterday, Iskov appeared via video link from Grafton jail seeking bail on charges of murder, negligent driving causing death, and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.

The West Tweed Heads father was driving a Holden Commodore when it crashed into a tree on the Tweed Valley Way, about one kilometre south of the Moo Moo Cafe at Mooball, on August 6, 2007.

His 33-year-old wife, Kylie Petrina Iskov, was in the passenger seat. Early indications from police suggested she was not wearing her seatbelt and hit her head on the windscreen during the accident.

She died at the scene. Her husband suffered minor injuries.

Police allege their investigations showed no skid marks were found to suggest the brakes had been applied before impact and the vehicle appeared to be in good condition.

During the bail application, Detective Sergeant Labeeb Saad alleged a forensic blood splatter expert found significant evidence to disprove Iskov's version of events.

He alleged the injuries sustained by Mrs Iskov were not consistent with a motor vehicle accident.

Det Sgt Saad said Iskov's statements taken at Murwillumbah Hospital after the accident indicated the couple had agreed to meet on the morning of the accident to get new tyres on the Commodore. The couple had allegedly separated a few weeks before the crash.

Iskov allegedly told Det Sgt Saad they drove past Bob Jane Tyres at Tweed Heads, but did not keep the appointment at the tyre centre.

Det Sgt Saad said Iskov told him they had kept driving as they were talking about their marriage problems. Iskov told him the car was making a funny noise and he wanted to drive further so his wife could hear the noise, the detective said.

That's when, according to Mr Iskov, his wife turned around to get an inhaler from behind the driver's seat. Police allege Iskov said he took his eyes off the road and when he looked up they ran into the tree.

Det Sgt Saad alleged the blood on the retracted part of Mrs Iskov's seatbelt indicated she was bleeding before the accident happened.

He also alleged threats were made by Mr Iskov on his wife's life which were revealed during the course of his investigation.

He was concerned, if released on bail, Iskov would harm himself or his three children.

The couple's children - Hollie, Dane and Tia - were in court for the application.

Iskov's lawyer, Peter O'Connor, questioned the significant three-month delay between the time police received the forensic pathologist's report to the date his client was arrested.

During that time, the lawyer said, Iskov was caring for his three children.

He said the only reason Iskov was arrested on April 24 was because he was planning an overseas trip with his nanny.

Det Sgt Saad said it took some time for police to make an arrest as they were waiting for the blood splatter evidence.

The defence lawyer said it was an exceptional case and should be treated as such in any bail considerations.

There was no indication his client was a flight risk and there was every indication he planned to return to the country after his three-week holiday.

Mr O'Connor said the prosecution's case was based on circumstantial evidence at best and there was nothing to suggest Iskov would harm his children.

Magistrate Nicholas Reimer refused bail and the case was adjourned to July 22.


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