Kate Foreman murder trial: Crown case rests

Prosecutors in the Katie Foreman murder trial presented their final pieces of evidence on Monday morning against the trio accused of her murder.

Crown prosecutor Chris Maxwell, QC, directed a final set of questions to Detective Senior Constable Matt Fitzgerald before telling the court shortly before 11.30am that the Crown had concluded its case after five weeks worth of evidence from more than 60 witnesses.

Lawyers for the three defendents - Bradley Max Rawlinson, Michelle Sharon Proud and Bernard Justin Spicer - will now be given the opportunity to call any witnesses to support their cases.

It is not yet known whether any of the co-accused will take the stand themselves.

Prior to closing its case, the Crown played a recording of four phone calls that took place between  Proud and a relative while Proud was behind bars awaiting trial.

In the recorded conversation, Proud told the woman not to panic.

‘‘All my charges will get dropped because I had nothing to do with it,’’ Proud said, adding the only charge she believed could be brought against her was one of being an accesory after the fact (to murder).

‘‘They are trying to pin it on me when they've got nothing.

‘‘It wasn't meant to turn out like it did ... it was only supposed to be a scare.’’

Proud also told the woman she was scared of what her fellow co-accused and alleged mastermind of the killing, Wendy Anne Evans, could do to her, given what she had done to Ms Foreman.

Evans has already pleaded guilty to a charge of murder.

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