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Rayneys argued all the time
Corryn Rayney's father Ernest Da Silva, the first witness in the murder trial. Picture: Ben Crabtree/The West Australian

Update: 12.45pm Corryn Rayney's father Ernest Da Silva has told a Perth court his daughter and her husband were arguing "all the time" in the month before her death.

Giving evidence this morning in Lloyd Rayney’s murder trial, Mr Da Silva told the Supreme Court that his daughter told him about a month before her death in August 2007 that she had "no trust at all" in her husband .

Mr Da Silva said Mrs Rayney told him in July that year that she had asked her husband to move out of the bedroom.

He said there were "arguments all the time", including differences of opinion about "how to bring up the kids, I think".

Mr Da Silva said he had previously had a conversation in which Mr Rayney told him Mrs Rayney did not love him anymore.

Mr Da Silva said he urged Mr Rayney to do whatever it takes to make the relationship work so he could continue to raise his children.

"I said he should do whatever it takes to make sure he continued living there and bringing up those girls," he said.

Mr Da Silva told the court Mr Rayney called him on August 8, 2007 – a day after the prosecution alleges Mrs Rayney was killed – to tell him Mrs Rayney was not at home or at work.

However, Mr Da Silva said Mr Rayney did not ask him if Mrs Rayney was with him. He said that was in contrast to previous phone conversations over the years, which had mostly consisted of Mr Rayney calling to ask if his wife was with Mr Da Silva.

Mr Da Silva said he told Mr Rayney: “I don’t think she wants to see you,” in reference to Mrs Rayney.

Mr Da Silva said he accompanied Mr Rayney to the police station to report Mrs Rayney missing. He told the court that outside the station Mr Rayney said “somebody made her do this”.

He also said Mr Rayney’s tears over his wife's disappearance “dried up pretty fast”.

Earlier, Mr Da Silva described the early days of his daughter’s marriage to the man accused of her murder as “fairly normal”.

But Mr Da Silva said he expressed concerns about his son-in-law’s gambling as far back as the late 1990s.

Mr Da Silva, who is the first witness to be called in the prosecution’s case, described two separate incidents in which he became aware of Mr Rayney’s gambling.

After one of them Mr Da Silva said he told Mrs Rayney she should “be careful” in reference to Mr Rayney’s gambling.

The trial heard last week that Mrs Rayney had become concerned about Mr Rayney’s gambling.

Mr Rayney allegedly lost tens of thousands of dollars gambling.

At times while giving his evidence Mr Da Silva fought back tears while speaking of the days and weeks leading up to his daughter's death.

He told the court that at the time of Mrs Rayney's death they were planning a holiday to Mauritius with her daughters, Sarah and Caitlyn, sister Sharon Coutinho and Mrs Coutinho's husband.

Mr Rayney was not going on the holiday, which was planned for the second week of October in 2007.

Mr Rayney has pleaded not guilty to the wilful murder of his wife.

The trial continues.