A WOMAN accused of murdering 18-year-old Aaron Pajich has explained to a Perth jury that police evidence showing she was researching murder and torture was for a book she was writing.
Jemma Lilley, 26, is on trial in the Supreme Court in Perth along with her housemate Trudi Lenon, 43, for murdering Mr Pajich.
When she took the stand on Monday she went to great lengths enthusiastically explaining to a jury her creative process for writing a planned trilogy about serial killers and the detail she went to exploring torture methods.
She denied any knowledge of why the autistic Mr Pajich’s name and address were in a notebook used by her at work and denied writing it.
Lilley is accused of having turned the murder fantasies of her writing into reality through Mr Pajich’s murder, referring to herself as the “SOS” killer character of her books, bearing a tattoo with that name and seducing Lenon into becoming a “follower”.
Lilley did not know Mr Pajich who had studied at a TAFE with Lenon and was friends with the latter’s 13-year-old son.
She had written her book Playzone nearly a decade ago when she was 16 and living in England as a high school drop-out before emigrating to Australia in 2010.
She was studying a computer game design course in England and wrote the book about serial killers that tortured people as a backstory for a game.
“I was mucking around. I wanted to make it as gory as I could so they (teachers) wouldn’t want to read it,” she told the court.
She insisted SOS (style or smile) was a fictional character but also admitted when she was angry telling people “SOS is coming out”.
“Much the same as the book’s character, that represents the psychological sense of the build up of frustration in the character,” she said.
Lilley told the court the reasons there were tarpaulins hanging in her house and bin liners and black gaffer tape used to cover windows when police searched it was because she was preparing to paint an area she was using as a tattoo studio.
The trial has already heard from Matthew Stray, whose boss was Lilley at a Palmyra Woolworths supermarket, that she confessed killing Mr Pajich to him while stacking shelves and accurately described how he was murdered.
He was found buried in the backyard of a house Lilley owned with multiple stab wounds and a wound showing he had been garrotted.