Zoe Zou 'obsessed' with killing lover's wife

March 31, 2006 - 1:00PM

Zoe Zou ... "obsessed with killing this woman."

Zoe Zou ... "obsessed with killing this woman."


Zoe Zou was "obsessed" with killing her lover's wife and had considered blowing up the woman's house, running her down, or buying a gun to shoot her, a Sydney court has been told.

Ms Zou, 33, was killed on November 19, 2003 in the NSW Blue Mountains, after she disappeared from the northern beaches suburb of Manly.

Michael Anthony Wallace, a former policeman, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Ms Zou on grounds of provocation.

Giving evidence in the NSW Supreme Court today, Wallace, 55, said Ms Zou was constantly talking about killing the wife of Tim Titheradge - her boyfriend and father of her young daughter.

"She was obsessed with killing this woman," Wallace told the court.

He said Ms Zou had considered buying gas cylinders to blow up Mrs Titheradge's house, running her off the road in a car or buying a gun to shoot her.

He said Ms Zou also asked him if he knew of anyone that would kill Mrs Titheradge.

"I said no," Wallace said.

"At that time I think I laughed. I thought she was joking."

When she asked if he would do it, Wallace said he had replied: "I don't do shit like that".

The crown alleges Ms Zou had arranged to pay a hitman $20,000 to kill the woman but Wallace, who organised the hit, murdered her and planned to keep the money.

The trial continues.