6 Nov 2013

Jury shown security footage of Portman's car

4:08 pm on 6 November 2013

A High Court jury has been shown security camera footage of the man charged with the murder of Rae Portman dropping her car at a Hamilton scrap yard.

The 33-year-old went missing in June 2012. Her body was found on a South Auckland farm in September of that year.

Paraire Te Awa is on trial in the High Court in Auckland and denies charges of kidnapping and murdering Ms Portman before dumping her body in a pit.

Another man, Dean Addison, has denied kidnapping and drugs charges.

The Crown said on Wednesday that Mr Te Awa got rid of the car after dumping Ms Portman's body and got $238 for the vehicle.

Earlier, Mr Te Awa's friend Jason Reid said the accused visited his home in Ngarawahia on the night the Crown says he kidnapped and strangled Ms Portman.

Mr Reid said Mr Te Awa told him that he had someone tied up in the boot who owed him drugs and money.

He said the accused and another man left, but returned 30 minutes later and left a car at his house.

Under cross-examination from Mr Te Awa's lawyer, Peter Kaye, Mr Reid confirmed that what he had said was true.