Lloyd Rayney told his daughters’ tutor he thought he had been “ruined and made a scapegoat” regarding his wife Corryn’s alleged murder.
Margaret Ann Howkins told police in a statement in November 2007 – three months after Corryn’s death in August - that the barrister had made the comment during discussions they had when she was tutoring his children.
She said that Mr Rayney also told her repeatedly that he did not kill is wife “or ask anybody else to”.
Ms Howkins described Mr Rayney as a humble and reserved person who she had seen “shocked and upset” and “fragile” and shaking at a time after his wife’s death.
She said Mr Rayney had organised for his two daughters to continue tutoring following the tragedy in what she believed was a bid to take their tension away from the distressing situation and retain their routine.
“I told him that I thought it was unfair, he was being targeted by the police as the main suspect as the pressure was shocking,” Ms Howkins said.
“When I told Lloyd this ‘the point is I just didn’t do it’.”
“Lloyd has told me a number of times that ‘I didn’t kill Corryn or ask anybody else to’,” she said.
The statement contained a lot of blanked out sections before the following comment.
“I do recall us agreeing that it appeared in the press to be an execution,” she said to police.Other statements released to the media today included accounts of Mr Rayney crying and distressed after his wife’s disappearance.