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Magistrate tells of Rayney payment
Magistrate Elizabeth Woods pictured leaving court this afternoon after giving evidence in the Rayney murder trial. Picture: Steve Ferrier/The West Australian.

UPDATE, 4:06pm A leading Perth magistrate has told Lloyd Rayney's murder trial Corryn was "concerned" she did not know how much her husband was being paid.

Elizabeth Woods, who is the deputy chief magistrate of WA, also told the Supreme Court trial about a conversation she had with Mrs Rayney, before her death, regarding alleged payments from Hancock Prospecting.

"I know that the relationship between Corryn and Lloyd was not happy," Ms Woods said in a statement that was tendered to the court.

"Corryn told me that she was not happy that she did not know what he was getting paid.

"She told me that he had opened a bank account and she did not have access to it."

"Corryn was concerned that... she didn't know how much Lloyd was getting paid. She was thinking of subpoenaing Lloyd's clients to find out how much he was getting paid."

Ms Woods also told Mrs Rayney there were rumours Mr Rayney was involved "with a girl".

The court has previously heard that Mrs Rayney suspected her husband of concealing income from her before her death. The prosecution has alleged Mr Rayney concealed money, including money received from client Hancock, from Mrs Rayney in a separate account. Mr Rayney was previously a legal advisor to Hancock.

Appearing briefly in court today Ms Woods said, in an apparent reference to Mr Rayney, that "there was information, rumour, gossip that he was paid about $200,000 in a trial as counsel". She said the only name she had been given in relation to the payment was "Hancock", which she said she passed on to Mrs Rayney.

Ms Woods said the conversation with Mrs Rayney took place on either July 26 or August 2, 2007, which it would make it one or two weeks before her death.

The West Australian

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