UPDATE: 12.39pm A former colleague of Lloyd Rayney has given evidence the Perth barrister was not driving his wife's car at a work dinner held a little over a week before she was killed.
Paul Bevilacqua told Mr Rayney's WA Supreme Court trial he and his girlfriend at the time were given a lift by Mr Rayney after the Francis Burt Chambers dinner in July 2007. He did not describe the car Mr Rayney was driving but said he later saw media coverage of Corryn Rayney's car and had never seen that car, or been inside it, before.
The car Mr Rayney was driving that night is relevant because the court heard last week he told his secretary he had put his dinner place card from the dinner in "the car". That dinner place card forms a key plank of the prosecution's case against Mr Rayney because it was later found near his wife’s Kings Park grave.
And for the second day in a row Mr Rayney's barrister David Edwardson has questioned the integrity of police exhibits, which he said was "an issue" in the case.
The prosecution claim Mr Rayney later lied about having driven Mrs Rayney's Ford Fairmont to the dinner that night, instead of his own car, to offer an explanation for how the card might have ended up in Kings Park. Mrs Rayney's car was used to transport her body to the grave site. Mrs Rayney did not attend the dinner with her husband because she and her daughters were on a trip in Melbourne.
Mr Bevilacqua told the court he and his girlfriend had intended to travel from the Francis Burt function in Applecross to another function at His Majesty's Theatre that night.
"We were outside the Bluewater grill waiting for a taxi and Lloyd was near us and Lloyd said 'would you like a lift?'," Mr Bevilacqua said. "He obviously saw us waiting for a taxi."
Mr Bevilacqua and his girlfriend, who also appeared as a witness, were both questioned about their level of intoxication that night. They said they had each drunk at least four glasses of wine.
Neither recalled seeing Mr Rayney with his place card from the dinner.
Meanwhile Justice Brian Martin has been shown a video of Mrs Rayney's body being prepared for a post-mortem examination.
The video, which was not played on the screens visible from the public gallery, showed a paper bag being removed from Mrs Rayney's head. The court had previously heard the bag was placed on her head to preserve any forensic evidence, while her hands and feet were covered by plastic bags.
The way the post-mortem examination was conducted is shaping up as a crucial point in Mr Rayney's trial, with the defence yesterday questioning the integrity of the police investigation and examination.
Sergeant Alan Motu, who is attached to the WA Police's forensic field operations, also gave evidence to the trial about Mrs Rayney's post-mortem examination.
Sgt Motu was one of the officers who filmed the preliminary examination of Mrs Rayney's body on August 16, 2007. He also assisted in removing the bag from Mrs Rayney's head.
Mr Motu's examination running sheet – a record of events as they happened - was among documents tendered as evidence.
Asked about the documents being tendered Mr Edwardson said "one of the issues... is the integrity of exhibits."
Fellow police officers, Senior Constable Wade Davis and Detective Sergeant Ian Moore were also called to give evidence.
Snr Const Wade Davis was the officer who photographed Mrs Rayney's body during the preliminary examination. Det Sgt Moore was one of the officers who tried to reconstruct the act of digging Mrs Rayney's grave.
Det Sgt Moore said he and another office bought a spade and torch from Bunnings and, on the night of September 5, 2007, visited some key scenes from the investigation, including the Bentley community centre where Mrs Rayney attended a bootscooting class, the Rayneys' Como home and the grave site near Wattle Track in Kings Park.