Man claims his murder trial unfair

A MAN convicted of murdering his partner after slicing her throat at their home in Esk is fighting to have his conviction overturned in Queensland's highest court.

Ronald Michael Craig's lawyers argued at Brisbane on Friday that his case at trial was "doomed to fail" because of the way the trial was conducted, and that this led to an unjust conviction.

Defence barrister Eoin Mac Giolla Ri said lawyers at the time did not properly give Mr Craig's version of events, which included a claim that he acted in self defence.

He said evidence regarding Mr Craig's version of events and three witnesses, who were not called, could have affected the jury's consideration.

Mr Mac Giolla Ri said this affected the jury's ability to consider self defence, lack of intention and provocation.

"Obviously counsel in this situation would weigh up options," he said.

"But the case that was run was ultimately doomed to fail. Or (had) very little prospect of success such that would not justify abandoning the defendant's version."

Craig was convicted of murdering his de facto Kylie Hitchen at their house in January 2011.

The court heard another matter that will arise in the appeal will be about how the jury heard advice given to Craig about pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Mr Mac Giolla Ri said this was another area that was in dispute.

It is believed Craig will be cross-examined when the appeal is heard.

The Queensland Court of Appeal adjourned the matter to a future date.


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