An RAC mechanic told police he had seen a car similar to Corryn Rayney’s being followed by another vehicle which was fishtailing the night she was allegedly murdered by her estranged husband Lloyd Rayney.
Robert Ellis had been on a night shift and driving along Albany Highway, Victoria Park after 1.30am on August 8, 2007 when he noticed a Holden Statesman "fishtailing" and following a silver Ford Fairmont.
He said "two or three figures" were inside one of the cars with a lot of "jumping around and "pushing and shoving" going on.
Mrs Rayney had a silver Ford Fairmont, which was found dumped in Subiaco after it was used to transfer her body to a Kings Park bush grave. The State claims she was killed at her Como home after returning from a Bentley boot scooting class about 9.45pm on August 7, 2007, with Mr Rayney denying any involvement in her death.
In Mr Ellis’ statement, which was made available to the media today, he described how he had first noticed a "fishtailing" Holden Statesman after hearing squealing tyres.
"It appeared to be following a 2002 or 2003 model newer but not brand new silver Ford Fairmont sedan," he said.
"I noticed two or three figures in it. I noticed a lot of jumping around going on and like pushing and shoving. I saw silhouettes going to and fro," Mr Ellis said.A former policeman this week testified he had seen a woman he believed to be Mrs Rayney walking with a man and a woman in Victoria Park that night at either 9.25pm or between 10.40-11.30pm.
Mr Ellis’ claim came among a string of witness statements made available in the Supreme Court wilful murder trial today. About 100 police statements have been tendered this week.
One witness, a husband of a friend of Mrs Rayney, described how the mother-of-two had been planning to expose her estranged husband as a gambler and womaniser, and ruin his professional reputation in the lead up to her death.
"She knew his womanising and gambling would not be good for his reputation as a barrister," the witness said.
"She also planned to tell the children along with other family friends and the church."
"She told me she wanted to bring himdown," he said.
The State alleges Mr Rayney killed his wife to protect himself against his wife’s threats, which also included subpoenaing his clients to reveal his income to her as they headed for divorce.
A family lawyer this week testified he had told Mr Rayney the subpoena threat had no hope of succeeding.
A statement from a Centrebet employee said that Mr Rayney had a betting tab of more than $40,000 between April 2006 and July 2007.
A teenage friend of Caitlyn Rayney, who was aged 13 when her mother died, told police the daughter had noted her mother was not home when she was dropped off after a concert on the night of August 7, 2007.
The teenager said Caitlyn Rayney had been dropped off between 10.30-11pm.
Mr Rayney had let the girls into the house and was wearing what the teenage witness thought to be pyjamas.
The teenager said Caitlyn had "said something to Lloyd like ’Mum’s not home yet’."
"It was sort of a question but like she was checking with him. He said something like ’No, she’s not back yet," the teenager told police.
A statement from the 2007 principal of Penrhos College described how Sarah and Caitlyn Rayney appeared to have been coping well in the aftermath of their mother’s death, with Mr Rayney requesting they be treated as any other student.
The principal, Graham Rixon, told police that Mr Rayney had asked in late August 2007 for attention not to be drawn to his daughters and for the elder daughter to be given any school work she had missed.
Mr Rixon said the girls had not engaged with school counselling or discussions about their mother’s death but no concerns had been raised about how they seemed to be coping.
The court has heard that both Mr and Mrs Rayney were devoted parents who valued their children’s education.The daughters are excepted to testify on Monday, with Caitlyn due to fly overseas to start at Oxford University towards the end of next week.
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