Rayney’s lover says gambling ‘problematic’

Lloyd Rayney arriving at court with his daughters, Caitlyn and Sarah.The former lover of Perth barrister Lloyd Rayney described his gambling as “problematic” during their three-year affair.
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In a statement tendered at Mr Rayney’s Supreme Court murder trial, the woman, who can’t be named, gave a frank and honest account of their affair, which began in late 1999 and ended in 2003, just before Mr Rayney left for Bermuda.

The woman, who was 34 at the time of the affair, said her affair with Mr Rayney began through a shared interest in horse racing. They had also worked together.

She said Mr Rayney’s interest in gambling had escalated during their relationship.

“During our affair, I noticed that Lloyd’s gambling became problematic,” the woman said.

“I was an interested gambler but not compulsive, however Lloyd would, at times, lose hundreds in a lunch hour.

“We would meet at lunchtimes in a TAB and often Lloyd would lose his money and race off to an ATM and withdraw more money to gamble.”

According to the woman, she and Mr Rayney began a sexual relationship after a 1999 Christmas party.

After the party, Mr Rayney drove the woman home, stopping for drinks on the way. After this they kissed.

At a meeting a week later, Mr Rayney told the woman he loved her.

“At this meeting we talked and he told me that he was in love with me but was married,” the woman said. “Again we kissed and eventually he drove me home.”

The woman said she’d been in love with Mr Rayney, and broke up with her de facto partner to pursue the affair.

“He (Mr Rayney) would come around to my unit probably two to three times a week and we would be intimate,” she said. “He would visit at various times of the day but there was never any real set routine.”

The woman said she was “offended” by Mr Rayney’s treatment of her after their affair ended and he left for Bermuda.

“He came up to me and shook my hand and said it was nice to have worked with me,” she said. “I felt offended by the curt nature of his goodbye to me.”

The trial before Justice Brian Martin continues.

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