A bootscooter who saw Corryn Rayney the night she disappeared testified yesterday the mother of two had a coat with her, which is a major point of contention as to whether she came home before she was murdered.
Jill Kellock's evidence at Lloyd Rayney's wilful murder trial came after other bootscooters were quizzed on Friday about whether Mrs Rayney, 44, was wearing or carrying a coat at the Bentley Community Centre at her weekly bootscooting class on August 7, 2007.
Ms Kellock said the class had started when Mrs Rayney arrived but she remembered seeing the Supreme Court registrar put a coat on a chair in an alcove before joining the dance group.
"I probably didn't see her actually remove it but I did see her put it down," she said.
When shown a black jacket with a fur collar that was tendered as evidence, Ms Kellock said: "I would say that was it."
The prosecution claims Mrs Rayney's estranged husband killed her when she came home from bootscooting about 9.45pm on August 7.
A coat found in her bedroom the next morning indicated she came home that winter night before being killed and buried in Kings Park, the State suggests.
On Friday, bootscooting teacher Glenn Dale said he could not recall whether Mrs Rayney was wearing or carrying a coat.
Fellow dancer Eva Bosnyak testified that her friend "definitely" was not wearing a coat but could have been carrying one.
Bootscooter Hildegard Kennedy said she believed Mrs Rayney was wearing a black coat that evening.
Defence lawyer David Edwardson suggested Ms Kellock was confused over what coat Mrs Rayney was wearing compared with other jackets she wore previously.
"I don't think so," Ms Kellock replied, adding she remembered specifics of Mrs Rayney's clothing that night because police asked her about it a week later.