Parents tell of finding body
Parents have described the horrific night they discovered their daughter lying dead in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor of her Richmond home.
Warren Leslie Boulter, 56, appeared in the High Court at Nelson yesterday, where he denied murdering 39-year-old Sharyn Wilkinson-Foley, his former partner, in her home on May 10 last year.
The Crown contends that Boulter stabbed Ms Wilkinson-Foley to death because she was in the process of breaking up with him and "wanted him out of her life".
"He went to [her house] to get his things, something triggered violence, and he killed her," prosecutor Jackson Webber told the court.
Defence lawyer Michael Hardy-Jones said his client was not the killer.
"Whoever is responsible for the death of Sharyn Wilkinson-Foley, it is not that man," he told the jury, pointing at Boulter.
Mr Hardy-Jones said everyone must have sympathy for the victim, but that the seven-woman, five-man jury should not jump to conclusions.
Aspects of Boulter's behaviour might paint him in a bad light, but that did not make him a murderer, Mr Hardy-Jones said.
He suggested the police's "competent and diligent investigation became myopic after they cottoned-on to the fact that Ms Wilkinson-Foley had formed a new relationship after breaking up with Boulter.
He stressed that there were other possibilities not canvassed by police.
Junet and Lloyd Wilkinson took turns in the witness stand yesterday, where they recounted the night they found Ms Wilkinson-Foley lying dead.
The pair had gone to check on their daughter after she did not turn up for a 5.30pm night shift at ENZA, which they said was entirely out of character because her job was important to her, the court heard.
Both parents sensed something was not right as they approached their daughter's property, noticing that her house was in darkness and her wheelie-bin had been left outside near the footpath, despite the rubbish having been collected.
Mrs Wilkinson said she and her husband let themselves in using a spare key.
One of them flicked a light switch and they saw their daughter lying on her back, with obvious injuries to her throat and face.
Her husband checked for a pulse but told his wife: "We are too late, she is dead".
Mrs Wilkinson said she was in absolute shock.
She had thought Ms Wilkinson-Foley had not replied to her text-message sent earlier that day because she was napping or was busy renovating her house.
Mrs Wilkinson said she had a close relationship with her daughter and told the court that they would often confide in each other.
In the weeks leading up to her death, her daughter told her she wanted Boulter out of her life, that she was doing everything in her power to make him go, Mrs Wilkinson said.
"She didn't want to hurt him, she just wanted to end the relationship."
Mr Webber told the court Boulter and Ms Wilkinson-Foley had started seeing each other in 2010.
By early 2012, their relationship was over, at least in the victim's mind, which Boulter was unhappy about, Mr Webber said.
Just days before her death, Ms Wilkinson-Foley had travelled to Blenheim, where Boulter had taken up work, to return some of his possessions.
She text-messaged her mother saying things were not going too well.
The court heard that there was a dispute over money and Ms Wilkinson-Foley had given Boulter either $500 or $5000.
Mr Webber said Boulter organised a week off work, then rode over the ranges to Richmond on his orange "nifty-fifty" scooter on May 8.
Boulter went to Ms Wilkinson-Foley's house to collect some more possessions on the morning of May 10, where he ended up stabbing her, possibly with a sharp knife that was found at the scene, he said.
The knife was similar to knives used by Boulter in his work filleting offal at Canterbury Meat Packers.
Mr Webber said Boulter used Ms Wilkinson-Foley's shower before returning to his motel, then travelling south to a friend's property in Tapawera.
Boulter was arrested at a Picton bar after travelling there on a bus from Motueka under the false name "Wayne Kelly", Mr Webber said.
Justice Ronald Young is presiding over the trial, which is expected to last two weeks.
The Crown plans to call more than 50 witnesses.
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