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Sombre group retrace victim s final hours
Sombre group retrace victim's final hours

Lloyd Rayney watched on yesterday as his wilful murder trial left the courtroom and retraced his wife Corryn's final hours and her killer's bid to hide the crime.

Mr Rayney, who denies killing his estranged wife, was part of a Supreme Court convoy that yesterday toured relevant sites, including the alleged murder scene at the Rayney home and the Kings Park site where she was buried.

Justice Brian Martin, prosecutors, defence lawyers and detectives created a stark contrast as they explored sites ranging from the sunny gardens of Kings Park to a picket-fenced street in Subiaco.

Curious residents, joggers and families enjoying school-holiday picnics looked on as police blocked roads and formed a barrier for the court party.

Prosecutors say Mrs Rayney, who was last seen alive at a Bentley dance class about 9.25pm on August 7, 2007, was murdered by her husband after she returned to their Como home that night.

They allege her body was dragged through the front yard and driven to Kings Park, where her killer buried her.

Yesterday, Kings Park was the tour's first stop as the judge inspected a liquidambar tree bearing seed pods like the two found in Mrs Rayney's hair.

The tree is the same type as one in the Rayneys' front yard and which the State claims produced the pods found with Mrs Rayney.

Huddled in the brisk morning air, the tour paused on a Lovekin Drive verge where a dinner name card, bearing Mr Rayney's name, was found days after his wife's death.

Retracing the killer's steps, the group made its way along a track and disappeared into bush as they visited the site her body lay for more than a week.

The grave, dug in the cold early hours of the morning after the murder, was found on August 15 after police followed an oil trail left by the car used to move her body.

Shining in the sun yesterday was a bollard like the one that damaged the car and sparked that oil trail, with the tour pausing to inspect it.

The party then drove 3.3km to Kershaw Street in Subiaco - the place her killer dumped the damaged car.

Prosecutors have suggested Mrs Rayney's killer may have disposed of a shovel and car keys by dropping them into one of the bins lining Subiaco streets that morning for collection.

By chance, a rubbish truck was making its way down the quiet street as the court group arrived yesterday.

The Rayneys' renovated Como home became the tour's next destination, with the ensemble gathering in the red brick driveway and next to a heavily pruned liquidambar before disappearing into the rest of the property.

The last confirmed place Mrs Rayney was seen alive became the final stop in yesterday's journey.

After surveying the carpark and grounds of the Bentley Community Centre, the procession made the last leg of the tour.

They drove along Albany Highway in Victoria Park, past the spot where one witness believes he may have seen Mrs Rayney alive on the night she died.

The trial will resume on Tuesday.

The West Australian

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