Accused killer free in WA ahead of retrial

Accused killer Scott Austic is a free man – for now.

Mr Austic was accused of the stabbing murder of his pregnant lover Stacey Thorn in 2007 in Boddington, south of Perth.

But after 12 years in jail, a second appeal against his conviction succeeded last month, and today he was freed on bail.

Accused killer Scott Austic has been released from jail after being granted a retrial. (9News)

“I can now focus on looking forward to a retrial for a crime that I did not commit,” he said.

Mr Austic’s lawyers claim he was stitched up by compromised evidence, including a Jim Beam can, a bloodied cigarette box, and the alleged murder weapon.

But the state prosecution argues it still has a strong case regardless of whether the evidence was compromised, and it is expected to call more than 70 witnesses.

Austic has denied killing his pregnant lover Stacey Thorn in 2007. (9News)

Until the retrial, the 45-year-old Mr Austic has to abide by strict bail conditions, including a curfew, reporting conditions, no contact with witnesses, and drug and breath testing.

He also has to provide a $100,000 personal undertaking, as does his mother.

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