Lloyd Rayney’s murder trial has been shown video of two contrasting events, the stark reality of Kings Park on the day Corryn Rayney’s grave site was discovered and an evening of fun as she bootscooted with friends in Bentley just days before her death.
Mrs Rayney’s bootscooting teacher, Glenn Dale, appeared to wipe away tears as a video of his one-time student dancing a week before she died was played in the Supreme Court.
The video showed Mrs Rayney, wearing a black hat and a white shirt, dancing with others at her regular Bentley bootscooting class while Mr Dale issued instructions to the dancers.
Mrs Rayney went missing after her regular bootscooting class on August 7, 2007.
One of the women who had bootscooted with Mrs Rayney on the night of her disappearance, Eva Bosnyak said she felt watched on the night of the class.
Ms Bosnyak, who had a friendship with Mrs Rayney outside the classes, said in a statement to police that when she arrived at the Bentley Community Hall for bootscooting that night she had a feeling someone was watching her.
She said there had previously been problems with people breaking into cars near the hall.
"I was walking into the foyer with two beginners to start teaching them some dances. I gave Corryn a hug and kissed her on the cheek," Ms Bosnyak said in a statement, that was read to the court.
In a video played to the court from a media interview Mr Dale took part in soon after Mrs Rayney’s appearance he said she was in "fine spirits" when he saw her on the night of August 7, 2007, describing her as "a lovely lady".
Mr Dale told the court he waved goodbye to Mrs Rayney when she left the class but could not remember whether she was wearing or carrying a coat that night.
The question of whether Mrs Rayney was wearing a coat on the night she was killed is relevant because a coat was found on her bed after her disappearance.
"I really couldn’t tell you whether Corryn said goodbye or someone else said goodbye and I just looked and waved at her heading out the door," Mr Dale said.
"It was only a quick glance (of Mrs Rayney) - I really couldn’t tell you if she was wearing a coat when she left or carrying one."
Ms Bosnyak said on that night Mrs Rayney "definitely wasn’t wearing a coat but she could have been carrying one, I don’t know".
Ms Bosnyak was handed two of Mrs Rayney’s jackets - one red and one black with a fur collar - to see if she recognised them. She said they looked like the two jackets Mrs Rayney sometimes wore to dance classes.
Another bootscooting regular, Hildegard Kennedy, was also called as a witness.
Ms Kennedy said Mrs Rayney almost left the class early but came back to dance a particular dance that she liked. Ms Kennedy said she did not see Mrs Rayney leave.
Unlike Ms Bosnyak, Ms Kennedy said she had seen Mrs Rayney wearing a coat on the night of August 7, although she said she did not see her bootscooting in the coat.
When shown a coat Ms Kennedy said it "looked familiar" and she thought she had seen Mrs Rayney wearing the coat.
Under cross examination Ms Kennedy said she was "pretty sure" Mrs Rayney had been wearing a coat.
“At the time (I gave a statement to police) I did remember it quite distinctly," she said.
"At the time I did remember and I had this mental picture of her in that coat.”
Mr Dale was also asked by Justice Brian Martin to demonstrate several bootscooting moves to the court.
Justice Martin had previously questioned whether marks on Mrs Rayney’s bootscooting boots, which were found in her abandoned car, could have been incurred while dancing.
The prosecution allege the scratch and gouge marks were likely made when Mr Rayney attempted to drag his wife’s body across the front yard of their Como home.
Mr Dale was shown photos of Mrs Rayney’s boots, in particular markings on the leather of the boots.
In a statement, part of which was read aloud to the court, Mr Dale said he had "never seen damage like that caused by bootscooting because it’s on the outside of the boot and it’s too severe".
Asked if he had ever taught a dance that could result in that sort of damage Mr Dale said "no".
Later today, the court heard from one of a long line of police officers who have appeared at the trial since it started last week.
Sergeant Siobhan O’Loughlin described seeing Mrs Rayney’s body after it was exhumed from its bush grave.
“I wasn’t there when the body was removed from the grave… I saw the deceased once she had been removed from the grave and was on the body bag,” Sgt O’Loughlin told the court.
One of the first policemen at the site of Mrs Rayney’s Kings Park grave described the day it was discovered.
Sergeant Bradley Nind from WA Police forensic field operations told Lloyd Rayney’s murder trial that he was hailed by another police officer on the morning of August 15, 2007 while they were searching Kings Park.
Sgt Nind said the two officers noticed an area of “disturbed soil and vegetation”.
“Both of us are pretty experienced in this sort of thing so we could tell pretty quickly this wasn’t a natural occurrence,” Sgt Nind told the WA Supreme Court trial.
Sgt Nind said police could find no sign that anybody had dragged something or someone into the bush to the grave site from the nearby track.
Mrs Rayney’s body was later exhumed from the clandestine grave.
Video of the site shot by police was played to the trial.
Sgt James Hofstee, the police officer who took pictures of Mrs Rayney’s car in Kershaw Street, Subiaco, where it was found abandoned, also took the stand.
A second video was played to the trial while Sgt Hofstee was on the stand - this time of Mrs Rayney’s car being opened by police on Kershaw Street.
The court heard yesterday that Mrs Rayney’s car could not have been unlocked and locked without a set of keys or a keypad. The car was locked when it was found by police.
Sgt Hofstee gave evidence about police tracing the trail that connected Mrs Rayney’s car to the grave.
A trail of oil from Mrs Rayney’s car is what led police to her bush grave, in which the court heard last week she was buried head first.
The prosecution allege she was buried that way to speed up the decomposition process and obscure the cause of death.
The trial has been told of a trip to Bali organised by Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting months before Mrs Rayney’s death.
Mrs Rayney and her husband, as well as Mrs Rinehart and Hancock information manager Richard Bickerton took the trip to discuss The Rhodes Ridge civil case. Mr Rayney was a legal advisor to Hancock from 2005.Appearing as a witness, Mr Bickerton told the court the group travelled on a jet chartered by
Hancock.They stayed in five star accommodation that was “something I ordinarily couldn’t afford” Mr Bickerton said.
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