Lloyd Rayney's sister has described her brother as a non-violent, "poker-faced" man who broke down and wept the day police told him they had found his wife Corryn's body.
Raelene Johnston testified yesterday at her sibling's Supreme Court wilful murder trial that he had been sad but accepting of his marriage breakdown before his wife disappeared on August 7, 2007.
She said he acted as a "peacemaker" despite his wife's disparaging comments to him in front of others. Ms Johnston said that after her sister-in-law failed to turn up to work, Mr Rayney seemed anxious and worried, asking her: "What am I going to tell the children?"
About a week later, police confirmed Mrs Rayney's body was found in a bush grave.
Ms Johnston said the Rayneys' daughters, then aged 10 and 13, were in another room at their home when police confirmed to her and her brother that his wife was dead.
"He cried for a long time," she said. "He wept, I guess is how you would describe it.
"Lloyd is not one to show emotion. I have never seen him like that before."
Ms Johnston said the others sat in silence as her brother, who was typically calm and reserved since childhood, cried.
"He's a sensitive person but very poker-faced â€¦ it takes a lot for him to show it," she said.
One officer said, "We will find out who did this", while a second "sat there and watched like he was assessing".
Ms Johnston said her brother was resigned to the fact his marriage was ending but had never planned to seek full custody of his children. He believed things were being resolved and mentioned buying a home near the family home.
"Ultimately he was sad â€¦ sad for the girls â€¦ sad that they were going to be a family that was separated," she said.Ms Johnston said she was by chance at the concert with one of the daughters the night Mrs Rayney disappeared and did not see Mrs Rayney or her brother that day. She could not recall a phone call from Mr Rayney that night, which records show he made.