THE defence counsel in a Launceston murder trial has told a senior female detective that she must have used a washing machine ``dozens of times''.
Greg Richardson's comment came during a tense cross-examination of Detective Sergeant Sally Cottrell over her search of the accused's home at Waverley.
The remark in Launceston's Supreme Court yesterday prompted Justice Robert Pearce to tell Mr Richardson that he also did the washing on occasion.
Detective Sergeant Cottrell said she found a shirt just recently washed in the home of Michael Vernon Lowe the day he allegedly murdered Darren Booth.
Mr Richardson said she had formed the ``opinion'' that the clothing was just washed based on her experience.
The court heard that Detective Sergeant Cottrell was at the Kings Meadows home of Crystal Wells on May 13 last year when Mr Booth was pronounced dead after being stabbed in the chest.
When Mr Lowe later rang Ms Wells, his ex-girlfriend, Detective Sergeant Cottrell took the call, the court heard.
``He actually asked me the condition . . . Mr Booth was in,'' she said.
``And I told him he'd passed away.''
Detective Sergeant Cottrell said she told Mr Lowe to hand himself in.
``That he wouldn't be in any trouble and we just needed to get his side of the story,'' she said.
Mr Richardson asked how she knew it was his client on the phone.
``Did he say it's Willy or some other nickname, what did he say?'' he asked.
``I'm sure he said it's Mr Lowe,'' she said.
Earlier the court heard from paramedic Danielle Taylor, who gave Mr Booth CPR as his heartbeat declined to just eight beats a minute.
Ms Taylor said Mr Booth had a large laceration on his chest along with two other smaller cuts.
The Crown alleges that Mr Lowe was a jilted lover who stabbed Mr Booth to death after finding him at the home of Ms Wells.
Mr Lowe, 52, has pleaded not guilty on the basis of self-defence.
The trial continues today.