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'Wicked woman' deceived man who allegedly killed solicitor Katie Foreman, court hears

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Died in fire: Solicitor Katie Foreman.

Died in fire: Solicitor Katie Foreman. Photo: Supplied

A man who doused a sleeping solicitor's room with petrol was being "used and deceived in the most tragic way" by the woman's friend-turned-love rival, a NSW court has heard.

The Supreme Court jury has been told Wollongong lawyer Katie Foreman was burned alive in the early hours of October 27, 2011, after Bernard Justin Spicer and Wendy Anne Evans crept into her Corrimal home with a bucket of petrol, splashed it into her bedroom and set it alight.

Evans has already pleaded guilty to murder over her role in the 31-year-old's death.

Mr Spicer, Michelle Sharon Proud and Ms Foreman's on-off boyfriend Bradley Max Rawlinson are now standing trial.

All three have pleaded not guilty to murdering Ms Foreman.

On Wednesday, barrister Nathan Steel said Evans had assured Spicer no one would be home on the night of October 26, 2011.

"His only intention was to damage property and he had no intention to harm Ms Foreman in any way," Mr Steel said.

"Mr Spicer was in fact used and deceived in the most tragic way by Ms Evans."

Yet Crown prosecutor Chris Maxwell QC said Ms Foreman's car had been parked in the driveway on the night in question, and her bedroom may have been specifically targeted.

And in the weeks after she died, Mr Spicer is said to have left voicemail messages on Evans's phone demanding the $3000 he and Proud were allegedly promised to "carry out the deed".

"Where's my f---ing money?" he asked in one, according to the prosecutor.

"Hey you f---ers, I'm on my way to Brad's house so you better sort something out," Mr Spicer is said to have told Evans in another.

Mr Rawlinson's barrister Winston Terracini SC told the jury there was no evidence his client was present as the fatal inferno was being lit.

He said Evans was "a very manipulative and wicked woman" who had once been friends with Ms Foreman, but the relationship soured and "festered".

"She had an intense dislike, bordering on hatred, for the deceased lady Ms Foreman because allegedly Ms Foreman had stolen her boyfriend," Mr Terracini said.

The court has previously heard Mr Rawlinson and Ms Foreman had an "up and down" relationship but had sex days before Ms Foreman died.

But the Crown argues that in the weeks before her death, Mr Rawlinson was also professing his love to Evans.

"Every minute away from you takes forever, I want her gone so I am not having to be away from you," Mr Rawlinson is said to have written to Evans in one text message.

"Six days after that text on the 21st October, she was gone from their lives, dying in a fire that was deliberately lit," Mr Maxwell said.

In other text messages sent shortly before the fire, Mr Maxwell said, Mr Rawlinson "appears to be directing Ms Evans and in addition ensuring that he will not be there at the scene".

The Crown has argued Ms Proud was the initial point of contact between Evans and Mr Spicer and that Ms Proud had told police Evans wanted Ms Foreman "done real good".

"She wanted her face messed up so she didn't look pretty anymore," Ms Proud is said to have told police about her first conversation with Evans.

The trial continues.

AAP

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