Killer strikes a deal
MORE than three years after he killed her, millionaire Tweed Heads builder Clayton Iskov has admitted responsibility for the death of his estranged wife in what police have claimed was a staged car crash at Mooball.
Iskov, 39, appearing in the LismoreSupreme Court yesterday, again rejected a charge that he murdered his wife, Kylie Petrina Iskov, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter.
He also pleaded guilty to counts of detaining her, causing her actual bodily harm and causing her grievous bodily harm.
Iskov has been accused of abducting his wife, who had recently left him, on August 6, 2007, before bashing her and then putting her in a car and ramminga tree by the Tweed Valley Way nearMooball.
In his initial statement to police, Iskov said the couple had met to buy new tyres for their Holden Commodore, but had skipped their appointment at a tyre dealer at Tweed Heads, instead driving and talking about their marriage problems.
He told police he took his eyes off the road for a moment when Kylie reached around to get an inhaler from behind the driver’s seat, and looked up just as the car slammed into the tree.
However, Iskov’s account did not match the evidence and police arrested him on April 24, 2008, for killing his wife. He has been in custody since.
In challenging Iskov’s acc-ount, police pointed to:
The absence of skid marks on the road;
Injuries on Ms Iskov’s head that appeared to have been caused before the crash and appeared to be the result of an assault; and
Blood spatters on the driver’s seat and part of the seatbelt that suggested Ms Iskov was bleeding before the crash.
Prosecutors had alleged Iskov, who yesterday was still listed as one of two directors of Tweed Heads company Clayton Iskov Building, killed his wife out of fear he would have to pay her $1 million and hand over 60 per cent of his assets after the breakdown of their marriage.
Iskov had rejected all charges against him and was to have embarked on a six-week jury trial starting this week.
However, after a series of discussions between prosecutors and his defence team, Iskov yesterday entered guilty pleas on most charges.
The prosecutor accepted Iskov’s plea to manslaughter in place of the murder charge.
A large contingent of Ms Iskov’s family was present in the court to hear their former in-law admit to attacking and killing their relative. They declined to speak pub-licly after the pleas were entered, saying they were ‘too upset’.
Iskov will be sentenced in another Lismore sitting of the Supreme Court on Wednesday.