Nevertheless, she denied the allegations and mentioned she was not within the room on the time the incident occurred as her former accomplice by no means mentioned his enterprise along with her.
“She was by no means allowed to the touch his cellphone or know who he was speaking to,” Mrs Martin’s lawyer advised the jury.
“She was at all times advised to remain within the automobile.
“She shortly learnt to not ask questions or he would get offended and he was very controlling and may very well be hostile if she didn’t do what she was advised.”
What Mrs Martin does admit, nevertheless, is that she drove the accountant to a close-by financial institution for him to withdraw the $30,000, however had no involvement within the plan and no concept what he was doing.
Mrs Martin’s lawyer advised the court docket the couple had been at Bunnings shopping for pet food when Mr Martin obtained a name, they usually went to the warehouse the place the accountant’s workplace was.
“That is the place the rubber meets the street. That is the place the state case and the defence case take separate forks as a result of Mrs Martin is doing what she has been advised to do on many events, she stayed within the automobile,” he mentioned.
The accountant, who gave proof within the trial, alleged he went into the financial institution to withdraw the $30,000 Mr Martin demanded of him however was advised to return the subsequent day as a result of there was not sufficient funds to clear.
The next day, he returned to the department and spoke privately with the supervisor, who is anticipated to provide proof that the accountant was “emotionally distraught”.
“[The accountant] ultimately uncovered that bikies had taken his automobile and that if he didn’t pay by 5pm, they’d take his household too,” O’Sullivan mentioned in court docket.
“He was harassed and shaking.”
After ultimately calling the police, O’Sullivan mentioned the accountant grew to become “more and more panicked” earlier than withdrawing the $30,000 and returning to his workplace to Mr Martin.
The accountant supplied to lodge an objection with the tax workplace concerning the tax returns, which Mr Martin agreed to, however nonetheless demanded $6600 to pay his lawyer. The accountant allegedly gave him the money and Mr Martin left.
O’Sullivan advised the court docket Mrs Martin’s alleged involvement within the offences was resulting from “utilizing her presence and conduct to extend numbers, helping in transportation by driving [the accountant] to the financial institution and by copying his driver’s licence”.
The accountant was charged and sentenced for creating false tax returns and Mr Martin was arrested and charged over the offences, together with Mrs Martin, earlier than his premature demise in 2020 when he was shot lifeless at Perth Motorplex by a sniper.
The trial continues.