13 years jail for wife's death
KYLIE Iskov died in a road crash after first being bashed and kidnapped by her estranged millionaire husband, Clayton, in a series of brutal attacks a Supreme Court judge described as ‘vicious and merciless'.
Iskov, 39, a Tweed Heads builder who grew up in Inverell, must serve at least 13½ years' jail for his crimes after being sentenced yesterday by Justice Graham Barr in the Supreme Court sitting in Lismore.
Charged with murder, Iskov negotiated a guilty plea to Crown charges he maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm with intent; took and detained Mrs Iskov without her consent; and was responsible for her manslaughter (in a road crash) near Mooball on August 6, 2007, by gross criminal negligence.
On the manslaughter charge, Iskov received 12 years, with a non-parole of seven-and-a-half years. He received eight years, with a non-parole of six years, for causing his wife grievous bodily harm, and received a non-parole of seven-and-a-half years for the kidnapping offence.
With an overlap in sentencing, Justice Barr took into account Iskov has been in custody since his arrest in April 2008. The builder will be eligible for release on October 23, 2021.
Justice Barr accepted Crown evidence Kylie Iskov had been assaulted by a blunt instrument wielded by Iskov at Tweed Heads and he further attacked her while he drove around for three-and-a-half hours.
At the time Iskov was in a state of confusion and fear about being detected over the assaults before Kylie's Holden Commodore hit a tree on Tweed Valley Way near Mooball.
Justice Barr said Iskov was in an extreme emotional state at the time and demonstrated a high degree of negligence by failing to take Kylie to hospital after his assaults to get medical attention. He could not find the crash was intentional.
Iskov sat quietly and remained expressionless, looking intently straight ahead during his sentencing. The only visible sign of any nervousness was the twisting of his left thumb and fingers while keeping his hands clasped in his lap.
Asked outside the court about the length of her brother-in-law's sentence, Kylie's elder sister, Tania Burke, of Cabarita Beach, said: “My sister lost 50 years of her life. It doesn't compare.”