Murdered woman spoke of fight with accused killer

JUST hours before her lifeless body was found on the floor of her Newtown home, Christine Malone had told her son by telephone that her live-in carer had called her a "heartless bitch".

Richard Malone, 25, told Toowoomba Supreme Court his mother and Desleigh John Henderson had argued about their german shepherd, Rocko, in the lead-up to her death in July, 2011.

The court heard Ms Malone had wanted to rehome Rocko because the dog had become aggressive and was biting people while Henderson had argued that the dog was just doing its job.

Richard Malone said he had heard the end of an argument between the pair a week or so before his mother's death when Henderson had become angry.

"He called Mum a 'heartless bitch'," Malone told the court.

Ms Malone's daughter Helen Malone, 24, told the court her mother had given Henderson a week to do something about having Rocko retrained.

Police outside the Newtown home where Christine Malone was found murdered in 2011.
Police outside the Newtown home where Christine Malone was found murdered in 2011. Nev Madsen

However her mother told her, "Des had done nothing to get the dog trained", she said.

She said she saw the pair arguing after her mother said the dog had to go.

"Des started breaking down and crying, saying the dog was just doing its job," she said.

Ms Malone's niece Rebecca Clifford, 26, said she hadn't had a lot to do with her aunt until they started communicating by Facebook some months before Ms Malone's death.

She said they spoke every night via the social medium and she had eventually travelled from her home in New South Wales to Toowoomba to stay with her aunt for a week from May 28, 2011.

Ms Clifford told the court Ms Malone had told her she was in the process of re-homing Rocko the dog and that if she got rid of the dog she might get rid of Des.

"She said their relationship was breaking down," Ms Clifford said.

The trial continues.


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