Accused killer confided in her workmate
It was in aisle four of Woolworths in Palmyra that Jemma Lilley allegedly revealed her darkest secret to a close colleague.
“I did it, I killed someone,” the then-25-year-old night-fill manager allegedly said.
“It didn’t go to plan. The wire broke. I had to get Trudi to hold him down — there was a lot of blood (coming) from his neck.”
Matthew Stray, the shelf stacker who had become a confidant, thought his boss must be joking.
But as the night wore on, and Ms Lilley allegedly unburdened herself further, it appeared she was deadly serious. “It was like an excited secret she wanted to tell me,” Mr Stray told the Supreme Court on Friday.
“I found it hard to absorb, in a supermarket, in aisle four.
“It’s not really one of those things that you forget.”
The alleged confession was the centrepiece evidence at the end of a week in which prosecutors laid out how they say 18-year-old Aaron Pajich met his fate at the hands of Ms Lilley and her housemate Trudi Lenon, 43, in June last year.
They are alleged to have jointly killed the autistic teenager after Ms Lenon lured him to an Orelia house.
Mr Pajich’s body was found buried in the garden underneath recently poured concrete and red tiles.
Several of Ms Lilley’s Woolworths colleagues told how, in the days and weeks leading up to the alleged murder and mea culpa, she had displayed her fascination with serial killers, knives and her alterego “SOS” — also the name of a killer character in a book she had written.
“She referred to herself as SOS, and that was her dark side . . . the side she would get when she would lose control,” her friend David Bishop said.
Another workmate, Natalie Davey, said in the month before the alleged killing, Ms Lilley told her that SOS “would be coming out soon”.
Mr Stray said it was five days after the murder Ms Lilley told in horrific detail how she had garotted then stabbed Mr Pajich.
She showed him a missing per- sons article containing Mr Pajich’s picture, and an illustration of a jester which she wanted to get a tattoo of “to signify what she had done”.
“A symbol to represent the significance of killing someone,” Mr Stray said. Ms Lilley and Ms Lenon deny the murder.
Matthew Stray, a former Woolworths colleague of accused killer Jemma Lilley, gave evidence at the murder trial of Ms Lilley and her housemate Trudi Lenon in court.