Accused: I can't get the screams out of my head
The woman accused of being the instigator of the fatal beating of a Featherston man told police she could not get the memory of the victim's screams out of her head.
"I just heard him screaming and s...," Tariana Hineteanaurangi Jones, 33, said.
"I just can't, honestly I can't get that scream out of my head."
At first Jones told police that she did not go to the man's flat the night he was killed. She then changed her account and said that she had stood outside and heard what happened. She next said she had been at the door and stepped inside to tell one of the attackers, "that was enough".
In the High Court in Wellington today a jury is watching a recorded interview Jones had with police after Glen Jones died.
The Crown says Glen Jones, 40, a disabled supermarket worker, died of head injuries after Tariana Jones and three others paid him a midnight visit on January 12 last year.
It was a vigilante attack after a woman known to some of the group had said Glen Jones had raped her, the Crown says.
But yesterday the court was told it was admitted that the rape complainant had spent the night with Glen Jones, who she knew, after having alcohol and taking prescription painkillers. He had also been drinking.
The woman could not remember what happened but told police about six weeks later that she was "sore" in the morning.
Glen Jones had told his mother he had had sex with the woman and they were "together".
A neighbour saw the couple kissing and hugging that morning and they had consensual sex at least once afterwards, the jury has been told.
Tariana Jones told police that she thought a couple who had been at her Masterton house on January 11 last year knew the woman and had heard of the rape complaint.
Another person who had been at her house had wanted to go to Wellington to visit the graves of his late partner and baby at the Taita Cemetery.
Tariana Jones said that two cars set off that evening and she thought it was not until they were on the way to Wellington that it was decided to "touch up" the alleged rapist.
"They wanted to give him a little bit of a touch up, but obviously that didn't happen," Tariana Jones said.
"It's worse, that guy's now dead, it's f....., it really is."
The man (Glen Jones) had been standing trying to fight when he was hit with an axe handle. He fell on to the bed and ended up on the floor, she said.
"I can't get that f..... picture out of my head, ... of that guy on the floor."
Evidence the jury has already heard included witnesses who said that two axe handles and a homemade bat were taken in the cars and that Tariana Jones had changed into her "stomping boots" before she left home.
Tariana Jones is charged with murder along with Kristofer Lee Jones, 24, Matthew John McKinney, 29, and Hayden Ranson, 28. They have pleaded not guilty.
McKinney and Ranson have pleaded guilty of aggravated burglary of Glen Jones' flat but Tariana Jones, Kristofer Jones, and Toni Maree Miller, 23, pleaded not guilty to that charge.
Miller had driven one of the cars. She has been coughing in court and was excused from attending the trial yesterday afternoon and is not in court today.