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Mother of two is accused of running over her husband’s mistress in a BMW after finding out about their affair – before ‘dragging her out of the car and hitting her on the head’
Shortly after discovering an affair, Christie Lee Kennedy is said to have gotten into her BMW and hit her husband and his lover at their meeting place in Brisbane. The mother of two then got out of her car, grabbed the mistress by the hair and hit her in the head while yelling at her, the Queensland court was told. Kennedy (pictured left), 37, had been married to David Larkin (pictured right) for nine years and had been with him for more than a decade when her “world collapsed” in March 2021.
“She was in a position no one would want to be in. She found out her husband… was having an affair with another woman,” attorney-at-law Penny White told a jury. “The events that followed that realization … all happened in a matter of seconds after she found out.” Crown Prosecutor Jennifer O’Brien said Mr Larkin grew closer to Zowie Noring in January 2021.
The court was told the couple had bonded over shared traumatic experiences, after Larki’s boy nearly drowned days before Christmas in 2020. Ms. O’Brien said a week before the incident, Ms. Kennedy had launched the Find My Phone app. Mr Larkin’s cellphone had been set. On the afternoon of March 19, 2021, Ms. Noring and Mr. Larkin agreed to meet at a park in Wavell Heights.
“Mr. Larkin said he wanted to see Mrs. Noring because he needed to talk to someone that day,” Mrs. O’Brien told the jury. Using the phone finder app, Kennedy tracked down her husband and found that he was talking to his lover by the side of the road in the park in north Brisbane, the court heard. Kennedy (pictured left with Larkin) accelerated toward them, “for a while” on the wrong side of the road, before pulling into the duo, Ms. O’Brien said. CCTV footage from a nearby home captured the incident.
“The footage will show they lined up and got hit and rolled off the hood,” Ms O’Brien said. “There was no attempt to swerve or correct course to avoid hitting her (the pair). Simply put… the defendant drove her car, a large and powerful object… and hit her.’ Larkin said he spoke to the woman for a few minutes before “accelerating erratically” a car and looking up to see his wife’s BMW, which he recognized by its personalized license plates. Kennedy is pictured leaving court on August 28.
He said the next thing he remembered was “get in the lane.” Mr Larkin then saw his wife grab the woman by the hair and beat her repeatedly, Mrs O’Brien said. Mr Larkin had cuts to his head, bruises and swelling in arms and legs, rib pain and a dislocated finger. The woman suffered cuts to the head, abdominal pain, abrasions to the arm and injuries to the thighs and ankles.
Larkin described his marriage as “fairly rocky,” but initially denied sleeping with the woman, before admitting to cheating on his wife. “We had an affair if you want to put it that way,” Mr. Larkin said during cross-examination. Kennedy pleaded not guilty to two counts of unlawful beating causing grievous bodily harm. She pleaded guilty to unlawful assault. The trial for Judge Tony Moynihan continues.