Bootscooters quizzed on coat
Glenn Dale leaves court after giving evidence. Picture: Ben Crabtree, The West Australian

Bootscooters who were among the last people to see Corryn Rayney alive were quizzed by lawyers yesterday about whether she had been wearing or carrying a coat, which the State suggests would show she came home before allegedly being killed by her husband.

The dancers' evidence came as the Supreme Court was shown footage of Mrs Rayney dancing enthusiastically with fellow bootscooters at the Bentley Community Centre less than a week before her death.

Justice Brian Martin, who is presiding over Lloyd Rayney's wilful murder trial, said he would not include the footage among items released publicly, as it could distress grieving family and friends.

Mrs Rayney, who had attended the weekly dance classes for 4 1/2 years after her work as a Supreme Court registrar, has been described by her fellow dancers as a bubbly, well-liked woman.

The State claims she was murdered by her barrister husband after coming home from a dance class about 9.45pm on August 7, 2007, and a coat being found in her separate bedroom the next morning allegedly showed she came home that winter night before she was killed and buried in Kings Park.

Yesterday, dancers from her bootscooting class described the last time they saw the mother of two and cast their minds back to what she had been wearing.

Dance instructor Glenn Dale told the court he could not recall whether Mrs Rayney had been wearing or carrying a coat when he waved goodbye to her for the last time at the end of the class that night.

Eva Bosnyak, another bootscooter, testified her friend had "definitely" not been wearing a coat but could have been carrying one, though it was not mentioned in her earlier police statements.

"Sometimes she would wear a jacket if it was cold," she said.

Another female friend testified she always admired Mrs Rayney's clothes and believed she had been wearing a black coat at the beginning of the evening.

The court was told Mrs Rayney's purse was found in her abandoned car days after her disappearance.

Ms Bosnyak said yesterday Mrs Rayney would normally only bring the cash for her class fee and a key.

Mr Dale gave evidence he did not believe scuff and gouge marks on Mrs Rayney's boots, which the State claims were made as her body was dragged through her front yard, would have been caused by the kicks, stomps and slaps involved in bootscooting.

He demonstrated various dance moves to the judge yesterday.


The West Australian

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