Joanne Martell’s body was dumped in thick scrub at Diamond Boy, Sorrento, in 2015.A woman who killed her housemate and dumped her body in scrub near a Victorian beach claims she was beaten with a baseball bat and raped in a “payback” assault.
Nicole Boroviak, 44, has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 43-year-old Joanne Martell, who died by strangulation or suffocation on January 18, 2015.
Following the killing, Boroviak enlisted the help of her son to dump the body in thick scrub at Diamond Boy, Sorrento.
But Boroviak claims that December, she was raped and beaten with a baseball bat to all parts of her body.
She claims she was wrapped in carpet and told she was going to be thrown off a cliff by two men, one of whom remains at large.
She told a Supreme Court plea hearing on Thursday she had been scared for her life and “pretended to be dead” after the attack.
Boroviak also said her attacker said: “Say hello to her when you get to the other side”.
“I was screaming ‘I’m sorry’ – for killing Jo,” she told the court.
But crown prosecutor Ray Gibson argued there was not enough evidence confirming the assault was “payback” for Ms Martell’s death.
The court was told Ms Martell had a “chaotic lifestyle” and shared a house on the Mornington Peninsula with three others, including Boroviak.
She had come to the share house, along with her dog Biscuit, after breaking up with her partner after he allegedly assaulted her.
On the afternoon of her death, Boroviak – who had earlier smoked ice – argued with Ms Martell, possibly about the victim using her drugs.
“The accused, a much larger and more powerful person than Ms Martell, jumped on top of her.”
Boroviak put one hand to Ms Martell’s mouth and another to her neck, letting go to find her unresponsive.
She told a witness, fellow housemate Renee Desmond: “If you ever breathe a word of this, I will f***ing kill you”.
Boroviak then scrubbed Ms Martell’s body with bleach and got her son’s help to drag her up a walking track at Sorrento.
The body lay undiscovered for two years.
“It was my worst nightmare come true,” Ms Martell’s sister, Sharon Bennet, told the court on Thursday.
“The horror of her final moments haunts me.
“Dumped at the beach like a bag of unwanted rubbish.”
Defence barrister Hayden Rattray said Boroviak did not intend to kill Ms Martell and the attack was a “spontaneous, single act of violence” that was not premeditated.
The hearing was adjourned for sentence at a date to be fixed.