Accused says: 'Tell mum I'm sorry'

Zarko Ilic is charged with the stabbing murder of his stepdad.
Zarko Ilic is charged with the stabbing murder of his stepdad.

A MAN accused of stabbing his stepfather to death asked police to tell his mother he was sorry, a court has been told.

Zarko Ilic, 27, was arrested and charged with murdering his stepfather, Ivan Martic, in his Goodna home after the 52-year-old was found with fatal stab wounds to his chest and back on September 29.

Ipswich CIB Acting Detective Sergeant Kerry McQuilty told Ipswich Magistrates Court that Ilic asked him to pass on a message to his mother while he was being processed at the watch-house.

“I said – what would that be? And he said ‘Tell my mother I’m sorry’,” Det Sgt McQuilty said.

But defence barrister Craig Eberhardt asked why the remarks were not tape recorded, written down in any police notebooks or included in Det Sgt McQuilty’s original statement.

“Why is it that the first time we hear about that is when I cross-examine you on the first day of the committal hearing?”

The court was told Constable Tim Walker was one of the first officers to arrive at the grisly scene and discover Mr Martic’s body in a bedroom.

Cnst Walker described how the blade of a large knife was almost completely embedded in the deceased man’s back and the handle was missing.

A neighbour described hearing voices arguing loudly and aggressively in a foreign language in the house before three noises like “someone being punched” accompanied with cries of pain.

Another neighbour reported seeing a man aged in his 20s who appeared confused and upset standing in front of the Cramp Street home, holding two knives.

The court heard blood was found on Ilic’s clothing and right hand that matched Martic’s DNA profile and the defendant’s bloody palm print was found on the bedroom’s door knob.

Ilic’s murder hearing, before Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin, will continue tomorrow.

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