An Invermay man today pleaded guilty to what could be Tasmania's first case of incite to murder.
Darryl Scott Donohue, 41, will be sentenced tomorrow in the Launceston Supreme Court for inciting to murder his wife late last year.
Donohue met with an undercover officer, posing as a hitman, in a room at Launceston's Penny Royal Motel in a police operation.
There he offered the undercover officer $10,000 to kill his estranged wife and suggested her body be dropped off the continental shelf.
He also pleaded guilty to stalking her.
Defence counsel Adrian Hall said it was ``all talk'' and the hit would never have gone ahead because his client didn't have the money.
He said Donohue was frustrated at not being able to see his children but had since taken ``legitimate'' steps to see them ``rather than killing his wife''.
Mr Hall and crown prosecutor Daryl Coates said they believed it was the state's first case of incite to murder.
Chief Justice Ewan Crawford said he could not find one in a search of the court database.