From: The Australian
December 30, 2011 12:00AM
PROMINENT Perth barrister Lloyd Rayney will have a trial before a judge alone, without a jury, when he faces the charge of murdering his wife, Corryn.
The trial judge has been appointed from outside Western Australia and was announced yesterday as the Northern Territory’s former chief justice Brian Martin QC.
WA Attorney-General Christian Porter said Mr Martin’s appointment would begin from February 1 for the purposes of Mr Rayney’s trial, which is listed for five months from May 14.
Mr Martin presided over the trial of Bradley John Murdoch, convicted of murdering British backpacker Peter Falconio.
He retired last year after six years as chief justice. Mr Martin was a judge in the Supreme Court of South Australia from 1974-1985 and was the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions from 1997-1999. He was senior counsel assisting the WA Inc royal commission in the early 90s.
Mr Rayney is accused of murdering his wife in 2007. She was last seen after going to a bootscooting class on August 7, 2007. The 46-year-old’s body was found eight days later.
Mr Rayney has always denied any involvement in his wife’s death and in June officially entered a plea of not guilty.
He was charged last December with murder and was granted bail two days before Christmas last year.