Murdered woman Christine Malone.
Murdered woman Christine Malone.

Facebook post reveals accused killer unhappy with break-up

JUST days before her death, Christine Malone had contacted a friend by Facebook saying she had broken off her relationship with her live-in carer Desmond John Henderson and that he wasn't happy.

Vivien Konwerski told Toowoomba Supreme Court she had become friends with Ms Malone in the months leading up to her death in July, 2011.

Ms Konwerski said she had communicated regularly with Ms Malone by Facebook and they had last spoken by Facebook the day before Ms Malone's death.

"She told me she'd broken it off with Des and he was not happy," Ms Konwerski said.

Ms Malone, 50, was found unconscious and not breathing on her bedroom floor in her rented Gaydon St home in Newtown on the morning of July 12, 2011.

Efforts by paramedics failed to revive her. The Crown claims her live-in carer Henderson, 60, strangled her to death.

However, Henderson claims he was not at the residence at the time of the alleged attack.

He told police he had given Ms Malone a cup of tea about 8 o'clock that morning.

He said he then took before taking their two dogs for a walk to the nearby Black Gully Reserve.

He claims he found Ms Malone unconscious on the floor when he returned from walking the dogs and had called 000, with paramedics arriving about 10.20am.

The court has heard the pair had been arguing over one of the dogs at the residence, a german shepherd named Rocco.

The dog had become aggressive and had bitten people.

Ms Malone, who suffered multiple sclerosis, had been worried the dog would not allow ambulance officers into her yard should she at any time need emergency medical help and so wanted the dog re-homed.

Witnesses claimed Henderson was against getting rid of the dog and he had argued it was only doing its job.

Crown prosecutor Sarah Farnden in opening the Crown case told the jury the trial would hear evidence that Ms Malone not only wanted the dog gone but also wanted Henderson out of the house and her life.

Henderson has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder.

The trial before Justice John Byrne continues.


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