A woman who drove some of the people accused of the vigilante attack on a Featherston man told police she ran when she heard a bloodcurdling cry and someone saying, "No".
Toni Maree Miller said she panicked and did not know what to do, in evidence presented in the High Court in Wellington today.
Miller said Matthew John McKinney, the father of her child, had previously said he was going to knock on the door of a man accused of rape to scare him, but nothing was done.
However, after midnight on January 12 last year, McKinney was with three others who allegedly attacked Glen Jones, 40.
Miller told police that afterwards McKinney had been upset and told her: "I didn't want this to happen, no-one was supposed to get hurt."
McKinney told her he had tried to stop the attack by the other two men.
Miller, now 23, was pregnant at the time and the sober driver.
She has pleaded not guilty of aggravated burglary of the flat of Jones. Four of the people who were with her that night – three from the car she drove and one from another car – were charged with murdering Jones, a disabled supermarket worker.
Police had been told that Miller knew where an alleged rapist lived in Featherston, but she denied it in an interview with Constable Brendon Dyke.
A woman they knew – who at least one of the group called "Mum" – had said Jones had raped her.
Miller said she heard some talk about rapists at a gathering in Masterton the night before.
Then one person wanted to go to Wellington and another wanted to go to Taita Cemetery. A third wanted to stop in Featherston.
However, in the car she did not hear anything directly about the alleged rape, Miller said.
She overheard one man saying, "You don't do that sort of thing to a woman" and another said, "They should not get away with it."
In Featherston the cars stopped and the three men and one of the women walked off. Miller said she she had a bad feeling and wanted to know what was happening.
She was on the footpath when she heard a bloodcurdling cry.