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‘He’s dead, I organised it’: Woman’s chilling claim

Louise Spiteri-Ahern is on trial for the murder of her ex-lover, Rebels bikie Ray Pasnin who was gunned down in 2013.
Louise Spiteri-Ahern is on trial for the murder of her ex-lover, Rebels bikie Ray Pasnin who was gunned down in 2013.

ONE of two scorned lovers accused in the trial of a murdered bikie boasted of organising his execution-style death, a witness has claimed.

Louise Spiteri-Ahern, one of three people on trial for the alleged love triangle murder of slain Rebel Ray Pasnin, allegedly told her then girlfriend, "He's dead. He was shot. I organised it".

Ms Spiteri-Ahern made the statement soon after the October 30, 2013 drive-by killing of Pasnin, her former friend told the NSW Supreme Court on Monday.

A November 2013 telephone call between Ms Spiteri-Ahern and Esther Rice-Clarke, who met in a drug rehab facility in Sydney, was played in court.

Ms Rice-Clarke, who was flown from New Zealand to testify, made detailed allegations about sharing drugs at the rehab centre and discussing the murder plot in two different languages.

In the phone call, Ms Rice-Clarke discusses how to fake urine tests, then asks the accused how is "that thing going".

Ms Spiteri-Ahern responds, "He's dead. Did you hear about it? It was on the news" and then mentions the "Pendle Hill shooting".

In a conversation at an apartment in Sydney's CBD soon after, Ms Rice-Clarke said the two women smoked ice and then the accused had claimed responsibility for the killing.

She claimed Ms Spiteri-Ahern had said "it was because of me he was shot" and "I organised it".

Ms Spiteri-Ahern then allegedly said it was "like a drive-by shooting" and it had been carried out by "a friend of the gang".

Louise Spiteri-Ahern, 26, is on trial for conspiracy to murder Raymon Pasnin, who was shot dead in a Pendle Hill car park shortly before midnight on October 30, 2013.

April Barber, 30, is also on trial for accessory before the fact for Mr Pasnin's murder and Ms Barber's partner at the time, Amin Zraika, is also on trial for accessory after the fact.

April Barber is charged with accessory before the fact for the murder of Raymond Pasnin, her ex-boyfriend. Picture: Facebook.
April Barber is charged with accessory before the fact for the murder of Raymond Pasnin, her ex-boyfriend. Picture: Facebook.

All three defendants have pleaded not guilty.


The Crown alleges Ms Barber and Ms Spiteri-Ahern, both former lovers of Mr Pasnin, were part of the murder plot.

Ms Barber allegedly set up Mr Pasnin to be at his mother's Pendle Hill home at the time of the shooting, while Ms Spiteri-Ahern allegedly solicited a man named Daniel Haile to carry out the shooting for $4000.

The Crown's case includes allegations that Ms Spiteri-Ahern, who had broken up with the victim in 2012, was driven by "anger, possessiveness, jealousy, vengeance and hatred".

The judge only trial before Justice Stephen Rothman heard on Monday that Ms Spiteri-Ahern had entered Jarrah House, in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs in 2013.

Esther Rice-Clarke was also admitted to the facility for drug addiction treatment and the two woman "clicked".

Ms Rice-Clarke said she had shared heroin, marijuana, and buprenorphine with Ms Spiteri-Ahern while they were in Jarrah House.

She said the accused had told her about wanting to bash and kill an ex boyfriend who had stabbed her "multiple times' and beaten her repeatedly "leading to head trauma".

She said the two women had talked about it both in English and in "gibberish", a form of "pig Latin" she had learnt in school.

They had communed in the Jarrah House common area, and outdoors standing in circles painted on the ground as designated smoking areas.

In claims Ms Rice-Clarke repeated in court in both English and "gibberish", the accused had allegedly told her "I am going to get my ex f***ing killed ... with a Glock gun".

"She said she was going to have her ex killed for what he had done," Ms Rice-Clarke said.

"She seemed to be quite obsessed over the whole thing."

Ms Rice-Clarke told the court that when Ms Spiteri-Ahern was packing to leave Jarrah House, she had allegedly repeated her plans to have he ex "f***ing killed".

The crime scene outside the drive-by killing of Rebels bikie Ray Pasnin for whom two ex-lovers are currently on trial. Picture: Bill Hearne.
The crime scene outside the drive-by killing of Rebels bikie Ray Pasnin for whom two ex-lovers are currently on trial. Picture: Bill Hearne.

By the time she met up with the accused outside the rehab centre, when the alleged claims of credit for the killing were made, Ms Spiteri-Ahern was "quite happy and uplifted, stress free".

Asked by Crown prosecutor David Patch whether she had been promised any advantage for making these statements about Ms Spiteri-Ahern to police, the witness said the opposite was true.

"I'm a dog. Dobbing on someone, being a rat, you get killed or bashed," she told the court.

Ms Rice-Clarke said she hated police because has had been "beaten black and blue" by them during her history as a drug addict.

She she she had at one point she took all drugs that she found available, "everything".

Under cross-examination by James Trevallion, for Louie Spiteri-Ahern, Ms Rice-Clarke agreed that she took "speed, ice, buprenorphine, marijuana, LSD, ecstasy, Xanax".

She had also taken methadone and Diazepam [Valium] and Seroquel [an antipsychotic medicine] when it was prescribed to her for anxiety in Jarrah House.

Under lengthy questioning by Mr Trevallion, Ms Rice-Clarke said repeatedly she could not be sure exactly where she had met up with Ms Spiteri-Ahern before the alleged statements about the drive-by killing.

She said on a third and final meeting in late November 2013 with Ms Spiteri-Ahern, when they "sat on the grass" near Sydney's Central Station, the accused had stolen her Medicare card.

Mr Trevallion suggested that the meeting had not taken place at the time that Ms Rice-Clarke had suggested.

The trial before Justice Stephen Rothman continues.

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