‘Defamed for being gay’, says murder suspect

A woman accused of murdering her lesbian lover’s male partner complained during a police interview that she was being “defamed”  because of her sexuality, a Sydney jury has heard.

During a police interview in May 2010, Tanya Louise Lane, 28, denied she was in a relationship with Renae Burns, whose de facto husband she is accused of murdering.

The crown has alleged Lane, from Waratah near Newcastle, murdered Steven Quire because she was in a “close, passionate and intimate relationship” with Ms Burns.

The remains of Mr Quire, who was last seen on February 19, 2010, were discovered in dense bushland near Freeman’s Waterhole at Watagan State Forest on March 13, 2010.

He had been shot in the chest.

In the recorded police interview played in the Supreme Court in Sydney on Thursday, Lane told a police officer she wanted to make a formal complaint against two detectives who had been questioning her earlier.

“I feel as though I’ve been defamed because I’m gay,” Lane said.

“Because I’m gay, they’re assuming I’m with the deceased’s de facto and I’m not happy about that.

“How many times do they have to be told I’m not with this other person?”

She agreed with the police officer that she did not like the “tone” of the interview in relation to her sexuality.

“That’s just brought my self-esteem right down because I’m gay.”

The trial continues before Justice Peter Hidden.

Steven Quire.

Steven Quire.


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