'obsessed' with killing lover's wife
March 31, 2006 - 1:00PM
Zoe Zou ... "obsessed with killing this woman."
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
"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
"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.