Qld acid bath wife-murderer seeks parole

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A Queensland man who dissolved his wife's body in a wheelie-bin of acid after murdering her is applying for parole after serving less than 10 years in jail.

Klaus Andres, now 78, was sentenced to life behind bars after being found guilty in 2013 of murdering his 42-year-old wife Li Ping Cao.

German-born Andres dissolved Ms Cao's body in a wheelie bin of acid before pouring the remains down a stormwater drain outside the couple's Cairns home.

The pair met in China in 2006, the year after Andres' first wife died.

The sentencing judge said Andres had never recovered from her death from cancer.

Andres and Ms Cao lived together in Cairns from 2009, but the relationship deteriorated from the following year.

About two months before her death, Andres began a sexual relationship with a 35-year-old Thai woman who he met a Cairns casino while she was on holiday.

Ms Cao was last seen on October 29, 2011.

Detectives found only her porcelain teeth after her body was dissolved in acid.

Andres admitted to disposing of her body in that way and to causing her death.

But he denied intentionally killing her.

He claimed she twice stabbed him with a fork during an argument, so he pushed her, causing her to fall by accident and die suddenly.

He told everyone who asked that Ms Cao had left him.

Queensland's Parole Board is due to hear an aspect of Andres' parole application on Thursday.

The aspect relates to the No Body No Parole law, under which the board cannot grant parole unless "satisfied that the prisoner has satisfactorily cooperated in the investigation of their offence to identify the victim's location", the Parole Board said in a statement.

The board's decision on Andres' parole application will be published at a later date.