Recorded conversation between murder accused played to jury

THE woman accused of playing a role in Amanda Quirk's murder has admitted she hit her flatmate "full in the head" a few months before she died.

"I hit Mandy yesterday," Rachel Narelle Smith, 41, told her jailed boyfriend during a conversation Queensland Corrective Services had recorded.

"She p***** me off. Punched her full in the head. I kinda kept going and going ... 'cause everything's building up inside of me."

She p***** me off. Punched her full in the head. I kinda kept going and going ... 'cause everything's building up inside of me.

A jury yesterday heard the conversation in Brisbane Supreme Court, where Smith is facing trial after pleading not guilty to murder.

In a conversation six days earlier, Smith told her boyfriend Ms Quirk had "been bitching behind our backs again and saying sh**".

"Enough's enough. I'm sick of it," she said. "She f****** says, oh you know, make ourselves at home and you try to do that. We f*****' had this conversation the other day about f*****' talking sh** behind our backs. She said 'Oh I won't do it no more'. And she's f*****' doin' it again."

Ms Quirk, 32, was "brutally tortured and beaten to death" in her Booval home on March 31, 2010.

Christopher James Swan, 39, has already been jailed for life over the murder and dumping Ms Quirk's body in forest in northern NSW.

Smith has pointed the finger at Swan but the jury must decide if Smith played a role too. The prosecution closed its case yesterday and the defence will open its case today.


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