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Unrequited love led to Gail Lynch's murder: Crown

IAN Phillip Hannaford was in love with Gail Lynch and had killed her out of an unwillingness to accept she ended their relationship, it has been suggested to the Toowoomba Supreme Court.

In her closing address, Crown prosecutor Belinda Merrin reminded the jury of a hand-written letter addressed to Ms Lynch found by police during a search of Hannaford's Rockville home a week after she was reported missing.

The letter began with "Gail, you're a selfish, nasty bitch" and concluded with "Whatever happens to you, you deserve it, so no other bloke cops it".

The author also wrote that "the world will be better off without you".

Gail Lynch, 55, has not been seen or heard from since July 3, 2012, and Ms Merrin said it was the Crown case that she is dead.

Her bank account has not been touched since and the medication she needed was left in her Guy St unit in Warwick.

Hannaford, 61, has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Ms Merrin submitted Hannaford had a fixation as to why Ms Lynch had ended their relationship and had phoned her repeatedly after the break-up to the point she became frustrated and was heard telling him to stop calling her.

Yet, after Ms Lynch's sister Lyn, and then police, contacted Hannaford asking if he knew the whereabouts of Ms Lynch, he had not made any further phone calls to her, she said.

Ms Lynch's phone had been recorded by a Telstra cell tower in Warwick on the day she was last seen, July 3, 2012, yet recorded by another tower in Rockville early the next morning.

The court was shown CitySafe camera footage of a blue Ford Falcon sedan, which the Crown claimed was Hannaford's, driving on Guy St, Warwick, on the night of July 3, and at 1.50am the next morning.

Ms Merrin told the jury it was not necessary to know how Ms Lynch had died or where or when.

She said expert witness evidence put before the trial showed Hannaford's DNA was found in what police claim were drops of blood throughout Ms Lynch's bedroom and in her bathroom, kitchen and on her carport floor near the back door.

Ms Lynch's DNA had been found in what police claimed was spots of blood on shopping bags in the boot of Hannaford's car and fire-damaged items the Crown claimed came from Ms Lynch's unit.

A receipt found in Hannaford's car showed he had bought an axe the day after Ms Lynch was last seen and her DNA had been found on the handle and blade edge, she submitted.

However, in his address to the jury, Hannaford's barrister David Shepherd told the jury the case wasn't an episode of the television series CSI and that "DNA is not the holy grail of proof".

That Ms Lynch had regularly been to Hannaford's unit and Hannaford regularly to hers, it was not surprising that their DNA was found in each other's home.

The question was when was it put there.

Mr Shepherd asked why would his client bring home and leave in plain view an axe if, as the Crown contended, it had been used to dispose of a body?

He reminded the jury of expert evidence which spoke of the secondary transfer of DNA and that a towel which had Ms Lynch's DNA on it could have been used to wipe down the axe thereby putting her DNA on the axe.

The jury is expected to retire to consider a verdict after Justice John Bond's summing up on Monday.

Topics:  gail lynch ian phillip hannaford murder toowoomba toowoomba supreme court warwick


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