Lloyd Rayney Murder Trial Coverage


Map of sites visited by Judge and legal teamsFor some earlier info click here on a post I did in December 2010

The JUDGE ONLY murder trial for Lloyd Rayney has began. On trial for the wilful murder of his wife Corryn…I’m sure in what will be riveting stuff for those interested, so here is where we will be covering it. Feel free to join in the conversation below!

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DAY 12 – AUGUST 7, 2012 – “Rayney ‘said he hated his wife”

Courtesy of: thewest.com.au

UPDATE, 12:40pm Lloyd Rayney “hated” his wife and was concerned about a series of allegations she had made shortly before her death, including claims he was sleeping in their daughters’ beds at night, a former colleague of Mr Rayney’s and aide-de-camp to two WA governors has told his Supreme Court murder trial.

The court was also told that Mr Rayney, who is alleged to have tapped his wife’s phone shortly before her death, asked his then colleague about “surveillance” options, saying “cost wouldn’t be an issue’.

Clare O’Brien, a former Perth-based lawyer who worked with Mr Rayney at the Director of Public Prosecutions appeared as a witness via videolink this morning.

Today is the fifth anniversary of Corryn Rayney’s death.

Ms O’Brien gave evidence about a conversation with Mr Rayney at a coffee shop, in which he said he “hated” his wife.

“I asked him how the situation was at home and if he thought the marriage could be salvaged and Lloyd said that he’d been making a great deal of effort over a long period of time, which I think also included marriage counselling, but that his efforts weren’t working and it looked like it was over,” she said.

“He said that he hated Corryn… He just said the words, there wasn’t any particular emotion.”

Ms O’Brien gave evidence Mr Rayney said he wanted to “know what was going on in relation to Corryn’s plans”. She said Mr Rayney asked her if she knew anyone that knew anything about “home security or home surveillance systems”.

She said she recommended Mr Rayney speak to a friend of her brother’s, who had been involved in installing cameras in nightclubs. Ms O’Brien said she subsequently asked her brother to make contact with his friend, Tim Pearson, which he did.

Under cross-examination Ms O’Brien said police threatened to charge her, costing her both her job and reputation if she did not make a statement to police. She said she was not told what she would be charged with but that the charges would ultimately be dropped.

Ms O’Brien said police told her that “by the time we eventually drop the charge, because ie: there is no evidence, it’s too late because the damage is done,” she said. She said she was told her brother could also be charged. “I was absolutely starting to get extremely scared,” she said.

However, Ms O’Brien said nothing police said to her led her to give evidence that was untrue and she would ultimately have made a statement in any case.

Ms O’Brien recalled a separate phone conversation she had with Mr Rayney in late June or early July 2007, in which he told her Mrs Rayney was making false accusations via email. The allegations include claims he was sleeping in his daughters’ beds at night, which he said he was not.

Ms O’Brien said Mr Rayney said Mrs Rayney’s claim was ridiculous. Asked for her interpretation of the emails, Ms O’Brien said she suggested Mrs Rayney may be “setting up an email trail” ahead of divorce proceedings.

“He wanted to let a few people know that he was having some difficulties with Corryn in his marriage,” Ms O’Brien said.

“He said that Corryn had been sending emails to his work and she was writing things that weren’t true in the sense that Lloyd was sleeping in the girls’ beds at night and he asked me what did I make of that by her doing that… I said that it looked as though she was setting up an email trail indicating that things had occurred when they hadn’t in order to be able to apply pressure to Lloyd in relation to the divorce proceedings.”

Ms O’Brien and Mr Rayney discussed the implications of Mrs Rayney’s allegations on his reputation and his aspiration “to be called to the bench”, joking he wanted to be “the first black judge in WA”. Ms O’Brien said she suggested Mr Rayney move out of the couple’s home but he said Mrs Rayney should move out instead.

Ms O’Brien said she told Mr Rayney that if his wife’s allegations “got out” they could negatively affect his career prospects.

Later, in August 2007, when Mrs Rayney was missing but before her body had been found Ms O’Brien said she visited Mr Rayney at his home.

“We all sat down and I remember that… I’d never seen Lloyd look so completely shattered,” she said. “He was on the point of tears and he looked at me and asked me how was he going to be able to tell the girls that their mother was dead. It was one of the saddest moments that I could recall, watching someone even contemplating having that conversation with his children… it was a moment.”

Ms O’Brien said that in an effort to raise Mr Rayney’s spirits she told him he should not assume his wife was dead and suggested he check if his wife’s passport or any money was missing. “It was like he’s jumped to the worst case scenario and I said, ‘well, it might not be the case that she’s dead, she might be missing’,” she said.

Ms O’Brien also gave evidence about the nature of her friendship with Mr Rayney after they both left the DPP. At times she said she recommended Mr Rayney to people seeking representation, including a police officer who appeared at the Corruption and Crime Commission.

“I recommended… clients to use Lloyd for their matters,” she said.

Ms O’Brien also gave evidence about a lunch she attended at the Rayneys’ Como home in 2007 with her then-fiancee. Asked about the relationship she observed between Mr and Mrs Rayney she said they were “very welcoming”.

“The atmosphere was very welcoming, it was very warm and cordial,” she said.

“It was obvious that they regularly entertained because they worked in tandem… it was very much a team effort and we had a very nice time.”

Ms O’Brien was a lawyer at the Legal Aid office of WA from 2004 to late 2007 and before that worked at the DPP with Mr Rayney.

Ms O’Brien now lives in Queensland. The case has been adjourned until tomorrow.

TRIAL UPDATES: (click on links below for daily coverage)

DAY 1 – July 16, 2012 – “Family home scene of Corryn Rayney murder – prosecution”

DAY 2 - July 17, 2012 – ‘Lloyd Rayney place card found near Kings Park burial site’

DAY 3 – July 18, 2012 – ‘Rayney murder trial moves to park site where wife’s body was buried’

Map of sites visited by Judge (click here – then on next screen select link again)

DAY 4 – July 24, 2012 – ‘First witnesses take to the stand in Rayney murder’

DAY 6 – July 26, 2012 – ‘Murder trial told of Rayney’s security fears’

DAY 7 – July 27, 2012 – ‘Lloyd and Corryn Rayney went on Bali holiday with Gina Rinehart’

DAY 8 – July 30, 2012 – ‘The Rayney Trial – Week three begins’

DAY 9 – July 31, 2012 – ‘Lloyd Rayney didn’t drive his wife’s car on night of party – witness’

DAY 10 - August 1, 2012 – ‘Lloyd Rayney investigator says evidence was not ignored’

DAY 11 – August 2, 2012 – ‘Seed pod bag seals in dispute’

Lloyd Rayney  Previous Coverage

Accused father reunited with daughters

LAWYER Lloyd Rayney has broken his silence over charges that he murdered his wife after he was granted $100,000 bail in the Supreme Court.

‘We will catch Corryn’s killer’

THE family of murdered Perth lawyer Corryn Rayney believes her killer will eventually be brought to justice.

Rayney in court for bail variation

BARRISTER Lloyd Rayney, accused of murdering his wife in 2007, made a brief appearance in court today where his bail conditions were varied.

Rayney trial $3m price tag ‘unavoidable’

BUDGET documents reveal that the murder trial of Lloyd Rayney will cost taxpayers almost $3 million.

Rayney attends injustice event

PROMINENT Perth barrister Lloyd Rayney, who will stand trial for the murder of his wife later this year, was among the high profile faces who attended a fundraiser for victims of miscarriages of justice.

Rayney trial to cost at least $2m

IT’S the $20,000-a-day murder trial set to sting WA taxpayers more than $2 million.

Bail altered amid more delays for Rayney

NEW conditions will be attached to barrister Lloyd Rayney’s bail before his impending murder trial, which could still be more than a year away.

WA’s trial of the century

PROSECUTORS are set to call almost 200 witnesses and tender 200 exhibits during barrister Lloyd Rayney’s Supreme Court trial, which starts in Perth today

Rayney loses ‘persons of interest’ bid

LLOYD Rayney’s defence team has lost its bid for information about  warrants on other “persons of interest” in the murder of Corryn Rayney to be produced at his trial.

Remembering Corryn Rayney

IN the days before Corryn Rayney’s untimely death she was the happiest she’d been for a long time.

Delays in Rayney murder case

THE murder case against barrister Lloyd Rayney has been delayed because the Prosecution is yet to file key documents,  the WA Supreme Court was told today.

Rayney wins two-month adjournment

THE trial of barrister Lloyd Rayney over the wilful murder of his wife has been postponed until July after he was granted an eight-week adjournment.

Rayney bars web from trial

BARRISTER Lloyd Rayney has stopped the opening addresses of his wilful murder trial from being broadcast live on the internet or television.

Rayney killed at family home – Prosecution

PROSECUTORS in the Lloyd Rayney murder trial will lead evidence they claim shows the Supreme Court registrar was murdered by her husband in their Como home.

Rayney opts for judge-only murder trial

THE murder trial of Perth barrister Lloyd Rayney will be presided over by a judge alone, without a jury.

Rayney charged with murder

PROMINENT Perth lawyer Lloyd Rayney has been charged with the 2007 murder of his estranged wife Corryn after a dramatic arrest in the city today.

Intense interest in Rayney murder trial

THE Supreme Court is preparing for intense media interest in the epic five-month murder trial of prominent barrister Lloyd Rayney, which begins on Monday.

Husband’s frantic plea to find missing wife

THE husband of missing Perth supreme court registrar Corryn Rayney has made a desperate plea for help in finding his wife.

 

 

 

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Former judge Marcus Einfield to be released


Remember this judge who thought he could abuse the system? Tightwad tried to get out of a $77 dollar traffic fine a few years back. Named the driver as someone who had died years earlier, but he persevered with more lies and ended up a disgrace, in jail. Well Former judge Marcus Einfield to be released on Saturday on Parole, it will be interesting to see what becomes of him now. Although at his age, this pompus old fart might decide the quiet life is best for now… here is some background…

Former Judge Marcus Einfeld to be released from jail

In August 2006, Einfeld contested a A$77 speeding ticket by claiming he had lent his car to an old friend, Professor Teresa Brennan, at the time it was caught by a speed camera. He gave evidence under oath in the Local Court and he also signed a statutory declaration to that effect. However, it was later revealed that Professor Brennan had been killed in a road accident in the United States in February 2003, and that Einfeld was aware of it. This was the basis for Einfeld’s conviction for knowingly making a false statement under oath.

When challenged by a journalist concerning the death of Professor Brennan, Einfeld claimed that he had lent his car on that day to a different Teresa Brennan, whom he claimed also lived in the USA, and who had also died. In August 2006, Einfeld produced a detailed 20-page statement describing the fictitious second Teresa Brennan and his supposed dealings with her. This was the basis for his conviction for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Angela Liati, a woman unknown to Einfeld, came forward and claimed that she had met and driven in Einfeld’s car with “Theahresa Brennan” on the day in question. Liati was subsequently charged with perverting the course of justice. She claimed that she was only endeavouring to make contact with Einfeld through her admission. Liati was found guilty on 12 February 2009 and was subsequently sentenced to 200 hours’ community service.

In September 2006, Einfeld gave the NSW Police leave to search his Woollahra home as part of their investigation of his evidence in the speeding case. They removed part of his home computer for forensic examination.On 29 March 2007, Einfeld was arrested by the NSW police. He was charged with 13 offences, including perjury, perverting the course of justice and making and using false statutory declarations.Einfeld’s committal hearing was held in December 2007. The prosecution suggested the reason he lied under oath was that, had he lost the demerit points for the speeding offence, he would have been close to losing his licence. However, Einfeld denied he was aware his points were so low. One charge (hindering an investigation) was dropped; Einfeld was committed to stand trial on charges of perjury, perverting the course of justice and traffic offences. In October 2008 the Court of Criminal Appeal dismissed another five of the charges against Einfeld.

On 31 October 2008, Einfeld pleaded guilty to perjury and to perverting the course of justice just before his trial was to commence. It was also revealed that he had been battling prostate cancer for several months.

Since his speeding fine case came to the attention of the Australian media, Einfeld has been the subject of ongoing media reports alleging various other improprieties, including padding his curriculum vitae, purchasing doctorates from US diploma mills, and plagiarism.

On 5 November 2008, the President of the New South Wales Bar Association applied to the Court of Appeal to withdraw Einfeld’s commission as Queen’s Counsel, on the basis that his conduct has brought shame upon the legal profession as well as on himself. On 26 November 2008 Einfeld’s commission as a Queen’s Counsel was revoked.

On 20 March 2009, Einfeld was sentenced to three years in prison for knowingly making a false statement under oath and for attempting to pervert the course of justice, with a non-parole period of two years. Supreme Court Justice Bruce James found Einfeld had committed “deliberate, premeditated perjury” that was “part of planned criminal activity”. However, Einfeld denies being dishonest, saying: “I don’t think I’m the slightest bit dishonest. I just made a mistake.”

 

FORMER Federal Court judge Marcus Einfeld is due to be released on parole after serving a minimum two-year sentence.

In 2009, Einfeld was sentenced to three years’ jail, with a non-parole period of two years, after pleading guilty to false statements over a $77 driving fine.

He admitted he had lied in court when he claimed the driver of his speeding car was a woman, who later turned out to be dead.

The former Queen’s Counsel, a title that was stripped from him in 2008, will be released from Silverwater Correctional Complex in south-west Sydney on Saturday morning.

He will be under supervision by the NSW Probation and Parole Service until March 19 next year.

Under NSW legislation an offender sentenced to three years of imprisonment or less is automatically released when the non-parole period expires.

 

DISGRACED former judge Marcus Einfeld has lost his bid for appeal against his sentences for perjury and perverting the course of justice.

Judges in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday dismissed suggestions made by a psychiatrist that Einfeld was suffering from a long-term, previously undiagnosed, bipolar disorder.

Einfeld, 71, is serving a minimum two-year jail sentence after pleading guilty in March last year to perverting the course of justice and making a false statement under oath.

The offences related to a $77 traffic fine Einfeld had sought to avoid by saying that an overseas friend, academic Teresa Brennan, had been driving his car when it was photographed speeding 10km/h over the limit in Sydney’s Mosman. It later emerged that Brennan had been dead for three years at the time of the offence.

Psychiatrist Anthony Durrell told an appeal hearing earlier this year that Einfeld displayed symptoms of “hypomania”, manifesting itself in grandiose ideas about himself.

That evidence was not heard before the sentencing judge, and Ian Barker QC, representing Einfeld during the appeal, argued it should have been taken into account during sentencing.

However, in a ruling handed down yesterday, the appeal court rejected Dr Durrell’s evidence.

It also rejected concerns raised by Einfeld’s lawyer about the length of the former judge’s two-year sentence. The sentence was upheld by two judges on the appeal panel of three.

Einfeld is due for release in March next year

 

 

 

 

KELI Lane secretly adopted out two of her babies and murdered a third so as not to dent her “golden girl” reputation, a Sydney jury has been told.


Finally we are getting to the business end of this case. her baby “Vanished into thin air” hours after giving birth, yet she rocks up to a wedding that day and says nothing? This woman is a compulsive liar who disposed of her children because they got in the way of her social life at the end of the day. Why bother having them in the first place? Your days of freedom are very very numbered Keli…

 

Keli Lane accused of murdering her baby, arrives for court

KELI Lane secretly adopted out two of her babies and murdered a third so as not to dent her “golden girl” reputation, a Sydney jury has been told.

Mark Tedeschi, QC, said Lane never intended taking any of the babies home but wanted a permanent solution to relieve her of the responsibility of caring for them.

He was giving the crown’s final address today in the NSW Supreme Court trial of Lane, 35, who has denied murdering her second baby, two-day old Tegan Lane, on September 14, 1996.

The jury has been told the former water polo champion .secretly adopted out her first and third babies

Mr Tedeschi said that on the one hand Lane had a “very successful, even enviable life”, having a good relationship with her parents and lots of “really, really good friends”.

The elite athlete had no shortage of boyfriends, including the “gorgeous” footballer Duncan Gillies, she was getting a good education and obtained a good job.

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“But on the other hand, there were hidden parts of her life and it is these parts which were quite extraordinary,” he said.

From 1992 to 1999 she had five pregnancies – two which she terminated and three of which resulted in secret births and then permanent solutions, he said.

Lane was able to exercise “complete control” and composure after relieving herself of the children so nobody in her life realised anything was amiss.

“She was not prepared to run any risk of denting this image she had of herself, that she believed other people had of her, of being this successful golden girl,” Mr Tedeschi said.

Describing her as a “convincing” and successful liar, he handed the jurors a list of 95 alleged lies told to health and adoption workers between March 1995 and September 1999.

As well as being motivated by her Olympic ambitions, her career and social life, Lane had “an overwhelming fear of rejection” by family and friends if they knew of her pregnancies, he said.

Mr Tedeschi said Mr Gillies was probably the father of Tegan, but Lane never told him of the pregnancy as he would have wanted the baby and suggested marriage.

Lane told police Tegan’s father was a man with whom she had a brief and secret affair and that she handed the infant over to him at the hospital.

But Mr Tedeschi contended no one had visited Lane in hospital.

“We know the accused had ample opportunity to kill Tegan,” he said, noting there was a four-hour period from when she left the hospital until she arrived at her mother’s.

This period gave her “plenty of time to go somewhere, murder Tegan, dispose of her body – if she did it then – and compose herself” before attending a wedding with Mr Gillies.

Mr Tedeschi is due to continue his address tomorrow

KELI Lane secretly adopted out two of her babies and murdered a third so as not to dent her "golden girl" reputation, a Sydney jury has been told.


Finally we are getting to the business end of this case. her baby “Vanished into thin air” hours after giving birth, yet she rocks up to a wedding that day and says nothing? This woman is a compulsive liar who disposed of her children because they got in the way of her social life at the end of the day. Why bother having them in the first place? Your days of freedom are very very numbered Keli…

 

Keli Lane accused of murdering her baby, arrives for court

KELI Lane secretly adopted out two of her babies and murdered a third so as not to dent her “golden girl” reputation, a Sydney jury has been told.

Mark Tedeschi, QC, said Lane never intended taking any of the babies home but wanted a permanent solution to relieve her of the responsibility of caring for them.

He was giving the crown’s final address today in the NSW Supreme Court trial of Lane, 35, who has denied murdering her second baby, two-day old Tegan Lane, on September 14, 1996.

The jury has been told the former water polo champion .secretly adopted out her first and third babies

Mr Tedeschi said that on the one hand Lane had a “very successful, even enviable life”, having a good relationship with her parents and lots of “really, really good friends”.

The elite athlete had no shortage of boyfriends, including the “gorgeous” footballer Duncan Gillies, she was getting a good education and obtained a good job.

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“But on the other hand, there were hidden parts of her life and it is these parts which were quite extraordinary,” he said.

From 1992 to 1999 she had five pregnancies – two which she terminated and three of which resulted in secret births and then permanent solutions, he said.

Lane was able to exercise “complete control” and composure after relieving herself of the children so nobody in her life realised anything was amiss.

“She was not prepared to run any risk of denting this image she had of herself, that she believed other people had of her, of being this successful golden girl,” Mr Tedeschi said.

Describing her as a “convincing” and successful liar, he handed the jurors a list of 95 alleged lies told to health and adoption workers between March 1995 and September 1999.

As well as being motivated by her Olympic ambitions, her career and social life, Lane had “an overwhelming fear of rejection” by family and friends if they knew of her pregnancies, he said.

Mr Tedeschi said Mr Gillies was probably the father of Tegan, but Lane never told him of the pregnancy as he would have wanted the baby and suggested marriage.

Lane told police Tegan’s father was a man with whom she had a brief and secret affair and that she handed the infant over to him at the hospital.

But Mr Tedeschi contended no one had visited Lane in hospital.

“We know the accused had ample opportunity to kill Tegan,” he said, noting there was a four-hour period from when she left the hospital until she arrived at her mother’s.

This period gave her “plenty of time to go somewhere, murder Tegan, dispose of her body – if she did it then – and compose herself” before attending a wedding with Mr Gillies.

Mr Tedeschi is due to continue his address tomorrow