Appeal court rejects new claims on attempted murder

THE Toowoomba man who stabbed his estranged wife in her bed with their toddler lying beside her has now claimed other men drove the knife into her chest.

Darren James Williams tried to argue in the Queensland Court of Appeal that it wasn't "some demon" instructing him to do it, but rather two men demanding money for steroids he bought from them.

He claimed he told the men his former wife had been unfaithful and said "I just wish she could hurt, like she has hurt me".

Williams told three appeal court justices they called her a "f**king slut" and then, when he was in his former house looking for money to pay them, he heard a loud scream from her bedroom.

But Justice Philip McMurdo said there was little merit in Williams's attempts to appeal his case on this new version of events.

Williams was sentenced to 15 years in jail after a jury found him guilty of attempted murder. He had confessed to police that he stabbed his former wife with a knife and pleaded guilty to intending to cause grievous bodily harm when the trial began.

In a judgment published on Friday, Justice McMurdo said Williams's lawyers ran the trial on the basis the only issue was whether he had an intention to kill.

"All of the facts now asserted by the applicant, if true, were known to him when he confessed to stabbing the complainant in October 2012 and, most importantly, at his trial in August 2014," he said.

"He claims that from the outset, he instructed his lawyers about his innocence ... He complains that his lawyers disregarded those instructions.

"But it was (Williams), not his lawyers, who confessed to police and who, when arraigned at the commencement of the trial, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent to do so.

"He says that he subsequently confessed to stabbing (his estranged wife) under duress in that he was very depressed and indeed suicidal.

"He did not wish to say anything about the two men being involved 'because I was scared and had already been blamed for what occurred'."

The appeal court dismissed Williams's appeal against conviction and sentence.


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