A jury has watched a video interview with accused killer Shanal Sajesh Kumar, 29, where he was told of the death of his former lover.
"Oh no, are you kidding? Oh man, she was my love. That's not good," Kumar says in the interview, which was shown in court yesterday.
Detective Paul Barron said a man was seen at the house where Dipti Patel was found dead.
Kumar denied it was him, saying the couple had broken up and it was two or three weeks since he last spoke to her at her house.
"So I'm being questioning [sic] because some of you reckon I have killed her?" Kumar asked.
Mr Barron said no, he had brought Kumar in to ask about their relationship.
"Someone was there this morning and if it was you you need to be truthful with us," Mr Barron said.
"It wasn't me," Kumar said.
The Fijian-Indian man says he fainted in his car and hurt his finger the same morning police say he strangled his former lover.
Kumar told Mr Barron about the year-long affair, saying they had fallen "deeply in love".
They would meet two to three days a week.
At one time they met in the Westpac building in an Internal Affairs office where Dipti had a cleaning job.
That morning he had dropped his wife off at her job at Chalmers Rest Home at 8am.
He told his wife everything about the affair but told her it was all over because the husband had got to know and they would move on with their life.
"She's a really good girl. She was cooking food for me and looks after me very well," Kumar said of his wife.
That day, when he was driving in Hobson St he became dizzy and pulled over, he told the detective.
He crushed his finger trying to open the door.
He went with his brother to hospital for treatment.
Kumar told the detective Dipti's husband somehow came to know about the affair.
He believed Dipti's husband was "torturing" her by telling her she was a bitch for having an affair.
Dipti would cry when telling Kumar her husband and children did not want to look at her face or talk to her.
When Dipti asked if he would accept her as his wife, Kumar replied: "By yourself I can accept you, not your children."
She was "p..... off" her husband wanted to leave her and that their families knew about it, Kumar said.
"She said I want to go somewhere where nobody can follow her."
Yesterday a former Emergency Department doctor at Taranaki Base Hospital gave evidence through a video link from the United Kingdom.
Reading from her medical notes, Bue Timea Karmaker told the court she saw Kumar at the ED at 9.48am on April 7.
He complained of flu-like symptoms in previous days and when he was driving his car about 9am he felt dizzy, his vision went a bit strange and he became "half conscious".
Kumar, 29, has pleaded not guilty to killing his lover, Dipti Patel, 42, in her New Plymouth garage on Gaine St about April 7, 2009.
In a jury trial in the High Court at New Plymouth now in its second week, the Crown says it will prove that Kumar murdered Mrs Patel.
Kumar then covered it up by making it appear that she had hanged herself in her garage with a skipping rope.
The Crown says the jury will hear evidence that Kumar's DNA was found in blood spots on his victim's sari.
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