Accused mum-killer's blood transfer theory

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A church worker accused of murdering her mother could have had blood transferred to her T-shirt by a policeman who touched the fatal neck wound, a jury has been told.

Isabela Carolina Camelo-Gomez told police she was attacked by an intruder before fleeing to neighbours without knowing her mother's whereabouts.

But rather than the presence of her mother's blood on her T-shirt being incriminatory, her barrister said it could have been transferred to her from a policeman who found the body and put his fingers into the open wound.

Belinda Rigg SC began the defence final address on Thursday at the NSW Supreme Court trial of the 47-year-old daughter who had worked in the office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Camelo-Gomez has pleaded not guilty to murdering Irene Jones on November 2, 2001 at her Lansvale home.

The 56-year-old was strangled with a ligature and stabbed in the neck.

Prosecutor David Scully alleges the then 27-year-old murdered her in the kitchen after a birthday dinner but falsely blamed an intruder who she said also tried to choke her.

He alleges the woman previously known as Megan Jones killed her mother because of her infatuation and obsession with Carlos Camelo-Gomez and her belief her mother was an obstacle to the relationship.

But Ms Rigg on Thursday said the Crown's contention of the mother's negativity towards him was "entirely overblown".

"The whole crown theory of some major conflict and tension between the mother and daughter is completely unsupported by the evidence," she said.

Evidence indicated they had a good relationship, with letters from the mother showing she was supportive of her daughter's plight in dealing with allegations made by Mr Camelo-Gomez's estranged wife.

The barrister described as "highly compelling" recorded police interviews when her client detailed being attacked by an assailant when she returned to her bedroom after a shower.

Swelling and bruising on her was consistent with her account of the intruder using his hands and a cord around her neck.

The Crown alleges the daughter actually killed her mother or, in the alternative, was part of a joint criminal enterprise with Carlos Camelo-Gomez to murder her.

Ms Rigg submitted there was a reasonable possibility Mr Camelo-Gomez murdered Ms Jones, contending the Crown had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt he was acting jointly with her client.

Mr Scully rejected the possibility that he carried out the murder "on a frolic of his own and not as part of a joint criminal enterprise" with the accused.

On her own version to police, she said the knife-wielding intruder who tried to choke her was wearing a stocking over his head, had blonde hair and fair skin.

But Mr Scully reminded the jury this did not fit the description of Carlos Camelo-Gomez, who was Colombian.

It would be "utterly inconceivable" he would take the risk of going to the house, when there was no plan, to murder the mother when the daughter was also home.

He referred to evidence from a funeral attendee who heard Camelo-Gomez say "oh mum, I am sorry it was never meant to go that far", while another heard "mum, I didn't mean for it to go that far".

The two witnesses had not spoken with each other but both heard very similar words spoken by her next to the coffin, words he described as being "very telling".

"The Crown says they are a fleeting unguarded expression of remorse about what she had done," he said.

Ms Rigg will continue her address on Monday.

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