Private emails between Lloyd and Corryn Rayney that showed the extent of their marital breakdown can be published for the first time today after Mr Rayney was acquitted of killing his wife.
The emails give an insight into their relationship breakdown and into Mrs Rayney’s obsession with forcing her estranged husband to hand over financial information, settle a divorce on her terms and move out of their Como home.
They depict an irate wife who had discovered the extent of her husband’s gambling and infidelity, becoming increasingly abusive and vindictive — and a husband who seemed cool and reasonable in response.
At times during the months before Mrs Rayney’s murder in August 2007, the couple — experienced lawyers — appeared to have contact only in writing, despite living in the same house.
Emails published in the full judgment of Justice Brian Martin, and others provided by Mrs Rayney’s friend to The Weekend West, formed part of the prosecution case at Mr Rayney’s three-month trial.
Justice Martin took more than 200 emails into evidence but decided not to release them to the public.
In detailing a selection of emails in his 369-page judgment, he said it was necessary to examine the correspondence to evaluate the state of mind of the accused, Mr Rayney, and the victim, Mrs Rayney, in the lead-up to her disappearance.
“The State has advanced a case that the breakdown of the marriage, together with demands by the deceased for financial information and threats of exposure, created a strong motive for the accused to kill the deceased,” he said.
“It is necessary, therefore, to examine the circumstances leading to the disappearance of the deceased on Tuesday, 7 August, 2007.”