MUR­DER TRIAL CON­TIN­UES

COURT CASE: Louis Ma­hony is stand­ing trial for the al­leged mur­der of Lainie Cold­well in 2009.

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Peter Hard­wick peter.hard­wick@thechron­i­cle.com.au

THE hear­ing for ac­cused mur­derer, for­mer Charleville man Louis Ma­hony, draws to the end of its sec­ond week in court.

Toowoomba Supreme Court has heard from a num­ber of wit­nesses in re­la­tion to the case, in­clud­ing Ma­hony’s par­ents.

THE par­ents of ac­cused killer Louis James Ma­hony have told their son’s trial that they had not in­structed that party lights be re­moved from a gum tree out­side his Charleville home.

Louis Ma­hony claims he had walked out­side the home at 11 Wal­ter Street, Charleville, which was owned by Ma­hony’s par­ents, on the af­ter­noon of Sun­day, Au­gust 23, 2009, to find his part­ner of 18 years Lainie Cold­well ly­ing at the foot of the tree with a se­ri­ous head in­jury.

He claimed she had fallen out of the tree while re­mov­ing party lights.

Lainie’s niece Rae-Anna Hick­sen (nee Cold­well) told Toowoomba Supreme Court af­ter Lainie’s death she had heard Louis Ma­hony make a phone call and say into the phone words to the ef­fect “it’s your f---ing fault, you wanted the lights out of the tree”.

She said she didn’t know who he was talk­ing to but be­lieved it was Louis Ma­hony’s mother.

How­ever, Ma­hony’s mother Adele Ma­hony told the court she and her hus­band were liv­ing in Mary­bor­ough at the time and she had been vis­it­ing Lainie and Louis that week.

As she pre­pared to leave on Au­gust 22, 2009, she had no­ticed Lainie on the porch and asked if she was okay as she had been quiet.

She said Lainie told her she had not been well and had dizzi­ness and nau­sea.

Mrs Ma­hony said she told Lainie she might be preg­nant but re­marked how dif­fi­cult a time Lainie had hav­ing the cou­ple’s only child.

When she ar­rived at a friend’s home that night at Durong, Mrs Ma­hony had called Lainie and Louis to say they’d ar­rived safely and said that Louis had told her they had been up the tree re­mov­ing the lights.

“I said ‘Why? What were you do­ing up the tree?’”

Mrs Ma­hony said she won­dered what Lainie would be do­ing up that tree when she had told her of her dizzy spells and nau­sea.

When told that they had re­moved some lights and were go­ing to get the rest the next day, Louis Ma­hony’s fa­ther James Ma­hony said he had told his son “what the bloody hell are you do­ing get­ting those lights out?”

Mr Ma­hony said the lights had been in the tree for 10-15 years and he thought it too dan­ger­ous to climb the tree to re­move them.

Rae-Anna Hick­son told the court she had worked at the meat­works with Louis Ma­hony and af­ter Lainie’s death, Ma­hony had ap­proached her say­ing he had the au­topsy re­port and that Lainie had been preg­nant.

Ma­hony had also told her to prac­tice for an in­ter­view she had com­ing up and said he had been prac­tis­ing for an in­ter­view with the in­sur­ance in­ves­ti­ga­tor for seven weeks.

She said she found that strange be­cause at that time she didn’t think Lainie had been dead for seven weeks.

The trial be­fore Jus­tice James Douglas con­tin­ues, go­ing in to the third week on Mon­day.

For prior arti­cles on Ma­hony’s case visit the Western Times web­site at www.west­ern­times.com.au.

PHOTO: FILE

PHOTO: FILE

ON TRIAL: Lainie Cold­well died in 2009. It is al­leged she was mur­dered by her then part­ner Louis James Ma­hony.

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