Louis James Mahony has pleaded not guilty to a charge or murder. Picture: Andrew Messenger
Louis James Mahony has pleaded not guilty to a charge or murder. Picture: Andrew Messenger

Accused wife killer had secret sex tryst in Sydney

THE COMPANY director of the Charleville meat works for which Louis James Mahony had worked helped him organise a trip to Sydney through company travel and funding.

Neil Duncan was company director of Western Exports which owned the goat abattoir where Mahony was a supervisor in 2009.

Mr Duncan told Toowoomba Supreme Court Mahony had come to him asking if he could book airfares to Sydney through the company which he would pay back in lieu of overtime worked.

"He told me he wanted to go to Sydney to meet up with a Korean girl," he said.

Mr Duncan said Mahony told him if the airfares and other expenses were taken out of his wages, his de facto wife Lainie Coldwell would become suspicious.

Mr Duncan said he made the necessary arrangements and that there might have been another such trip three weeks later.

This had occurred about two to three months before Lainie's death, he said.

Mahony has pleaded not guilty to murder arising from the death of Lainie Coldwell who he claims to have found with a serious head injury at the foot of a gum tree at the couple's then Charleville home on August 23, 2009.

The Crown accuses the 44-year-old of having killed his de facto wife and staged the scene to make it looks as if she had fallen from the gum tree while removing party lights from branches.

Mr Duncan told the court that some time after that Sydney trip Mahony had approached him saying "Lainie has spat the dummy" and that he thought Lainie had found out about the trip.

Mahony told him Lainie had transferred $200,000 out of their joint account and said she wanted the couple's property at Dundee Beach near Darwin and other things.

"I told him to get it sorted or he'd lose the lot," Mr Duncan said.

Weeks later Mahony had told him that he had it sorted, he said.

On the morning Lainie died in hospital on August 25, 2009, Mahony had phoned him and said "We just turned off the life support. Lainie's dead and I've been cleared by the police", he said.

Two weeks later at work Mahony told him he had life insurance policies worth $750,000, $500,000 and that the Dundee Beach property was worth $650,000.

"He said he'd be pretty right from now on," Mr Duncan said.

He said Lainie was a talented woman and she had been painting the inside of his home in Charleville about six months before her death.

He said she had she asked him if Louis was having an affair.

"I said 'ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies'," he said.

The trial continues.