Murder accused said goodbye to family
Murder-accused Warren Leslie Boulter sent his whanau a note the day after his former partner was found dead in her Richmond home, telling them to remember him for who he was and that he wouldn't be seeing them for a while, the High Court was told.
Boulter, 56, is accused of killing 39-year-old Sharyn Wilkinson-Foley in her Salisbury Rd home on the morning of May 10, last year.
His daughter, Selena Cameron, of Invercargill, gave evidence on the third day of the Nelson trial yesterday.
She told the court that police contacted her on May 14 last year and told her to expect a parcel sent by her father to arrive in the post. It arrived at her aunt's house in Clinton, South Otago the next day.
An Invercargill-based detective who was given the parcel by Boulter's daughter said it contained gold rings and women's jewellery, Boulter's expired passport and birth certificates, and a small rent book with a note inscribed inside.
The note directed Boulter's sister to give the rings to his daughter, and read "I love you all. Remember me for who I am.
"Say hello to everyone. Won't be seeing you all for a while. Things not good between me and Sharyn. Love you all. Warren."
The Crown says that Boulter stabbed Ms Wilkinson-Foley while he was visiting her home to pick up some of his possessions, the day before the parcel was sent.
They say he rode over the ranges on his orange nifty-fifty scooter from Blenheim where he was working on the "gut buggy" at a meatworks, collecting an infringement notice in Stoke, before checking into a Richmond motel on May 8.
Crown prosecutor Jackson Webber told the jury on the first day of the trial that Boulter cleaned himself in the victim's shower, before taking her gold rings and a necklace she had given him previously, then riding to an associate's house in Tapawera.
Ms Wilkinson-Foley had recently made attempts to distance herself from Boulter, who at times was "aggressive" toward her during their relationship, Crown witnesses have said during the trial.
Defence lawyer Mike Hardy-Jones says his client did not kill Ms Wilkinson-Foley, despite some of his actions "painting him in a bad light".
Boulter has shown little emotion during the trial.
A forensic scientist who examined the crime scene said blood found on a knife found in the kitchen sink, engraved with the initials of Boulter's workplace, suggested that it was the murder weapon.
There was an "extremely strong" likelihood that DNA found on the eight-inch boning knife belonged to Boulter. It could not have been Ms Wilkinson-Foley's new partner, Roland Espie's DNA, the expert said.
Justice Ronald young told the jury he expected the Crown and defence would conclude their cases today or tomorrow, and he would sum up on Monday before directing the jury to reach a verdict.
About 12 members of Ms Wilkinson-Foley's family have been attending the trial, including her parents who earlier described to the court the horror of finding her body. Boulter's daughter stayed in the gallery after giving evidence.
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