Update: Lloyd Rayney's murder trial has heard details of Corryn Rayney's alleged infidelities with a close male friend, including the occasional "kiss and a cuddle" and meetings at her Como home and in her Supreme Court office.
The man, whose name has been suppressed, said his relationship with Mrs Rayney went beyond the odd "kiss and a cuddle" on three occasions at her Como home, in her shed and at her office.
Asked if his relationship with Mrs Rayney was sexual he said: "It depends what it means by sexual". He agreed that it included "intimate touching".
However, he clarified that at no time did they have sexual intercourse. He said Mrs Rayney was "a beautiful person".
The Supreme Court heard the man and Mrs Rayney became close in 2003 when Lloyd Rayney was working in Bermuda. However, as recently as 2007 the man's current girlfriend emailed Mrs Rayney with words to the effect that she should stop contacting him.
The court also heard the man initially lied about the nature of his relationship with Mrs Rayney in statements to police, before telling the truth in a third statement in 2008.
The man, who was a parent from the same private school as the Rayney children, said he initially lied to police because he did not want to tarnish Mrs Rayney’s reputation.
"I didn’t want Corryn’s name basically put down as if she was someone she wasn’t," he said.
"They’re trying to make out she’s having affairs... there’s no reason for that. I’ve done nothing wrong, she’s done nothing wrong... I didn’t want her name put through the mill."
Earlier, Mrs Rayney's cousin testified, saying Mr Rayney was a "fitness freak" who had a brown belt in karate.
Appearing via video link from Canada Kevin Da Silva gave evidence about visiting a gym in Vancouver with Mr Rayney, where he said the Perth barrister taught him how to use the gym equipment and lifted weights.
Mr Da Silva said Mr and Mrs Rayney visited him from December 2003 to January 2004 and attended the gym most days. He said Mr Rayney also told him he practised karate and had a brown belt.
“Lloyd was a bit of a fitness freak and he was always pushing Corryn to lose weight and get some exercise,” Mr Da Silva said. He said he attended the gym with Mr Rayney once and saw him lifting heavy weights, including one of 50 pounds.
The question of Mr Rayney’s physical strength has been a recurring theme in the trial, given the State’s allegations he dragged his wife’s body first into the backseat of her car and later through the bush at Kings Park to her grave.
The defence claims he has had a long-standing back problem and his daughter Caitlyn testified yesterday her father was "very very unfit".
Under cross-examination David Edwardson suggested Mr Da Silva had fabricated his evidence to “get over” the problem of how Mr Rayney could have “moved a heavy weight”.
Mr Da Silva denied the suggestion.
Mr Edwardson said: "Can I suggest to you that Mr Rayney has never ever said to you he did karate on any occasion?"
Mr Da Silva said: "That is incorrect."
The court room was closed first thing today for about an hour to hear from an unnamed “confidential witness”. Justice Brian Martin said the witness’ testimony would remain confidential, as would several exhibits tendered to the court.
Edmund Silenieks, evidence recovery coordinator at Forensic Science South Australia, has taken the stand to give evidence about the way in which soil, brick and paint particles can be transferred between surfaces.The defence, which has challenged Mr Silenieks' qualifications, has previously suggested various particles recovered from Mrs Rayney's body could have come from the interior of her car instead of her home, as the prosecution alleges.
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