Who would murder my mum?

Vicki Hunter’s husband Ian (left) and son Jason (centre) with Acting Detective Inspector Steve Riznyk.
Vicki Hunter’s husband Ian (left) and son Jason (centre) with Acting Detective Inspector Steve Riznyk. Sarah Harvey

VICKI Hunter’s son Jason yesterday made a public plea for information that he and police hope will lead them to his mother’s killer.

About 7am on Friday, May 7, police were called to Ian and Vicki Hunter’s house in Sonter Street, Raceview.

When they arrived they discovered Mrs Hunter dead from what police called “numerous traumatic injuries”.

Police also found Mr Hunter injured in the house and he was taken to Ipswich Hospital where he stayed for a couple of days.

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Yesterday, Mr Hunter sat silently beside his son who spoke about his mother and appealed for help to find her killer.

“My mum is a lovely person. She was always there for my brother and I,” Jason, 36, said.

“Mum and dad were best friends. They kept to themselves and that’s why I’m here – to ask the public for their support because mum and dad, I don’t think they ever hurt anyone and this tragic accident happened to our family and, you know, it’s surreal.

“In the 36 years I’ve been here I didn’t know of them having any enemies.”

ASKED how he was coping with his mother’s death Mr Hunter said it was “a day-to-day thing”.

“We’ve said our goodbyes to mum, but now we’re living day by day, trying to help my dad out because it’s a hard time for him, and trying to get him back on his feet. The last time I saw my mum was about a week-and-a-half before the tragic accident.

“I was sitting at work on Friday morning at 7 and I received a phone call from the police letting me know my dad was in hospital and my mother had passed away.”

He said his father still had headaches and that “in terms of how that happened, the police are investigating the incident”.

As soon as Jason started talking to media yesterday, his father put his head in his hands. His face was blank, almost stunned.

“It just beggars belief that this could happen to my family or that it could happen to any normal family out there. Our family’s going through hell; I don’t want any other family to go through this,” Jason said. “Not knowing what happened makes it harder. It was hard to say goodbye to mum.

“The night it happened we had to sit down with our children and let them know nanny wouldn’t be there again. It’s hard for my children because they used to be up there every weekend or second weekend at nan and grandad’s. Knowing they won’t have their grandma for the rest of their lives is very traumatic for them.

“I loved my mum and that’s how I’ll remember her; she was always there. If we needed help, if we needed anything done she was always there.”

Jason said his father, who was staying with him and his family, was “coping as best he can”.

“He’s still shaken by it. I don’t think a day has gone by that he doesn’t get upset,” he said.

Detective Acting Inspector Steve Riznyk said the investigation into Mrs Hunter’s murder centred on a man seen near the house. He refused to discuss details of the murder but said there was no apparent motive.

“I’m appealing to members of the public to cast their minds back to the evening of Thursday, May 6, up to and including the morning of Friday, May 7, for any suspicious activity in the Sonter Street and Cross Street areas of Raceview, no matter how trivial they might think it is,” Insp Riznyk said.

“In particular, investigators want to speak to anyone who saw a male person described as Caucasian, of average build, between 160cm and 170cm tall. He was wearing a dark top and dark cargo-style shorts and had a tribal-style tattoo on his lower left leg.””

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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