Murder accused Gordon Hieatt says he killed his sex worker girlfriend after they argued about him having to leave her small apartment when she was seeing clients
"She could have worked in a massage parlour or she could have just ignored me being there,"
he told the High Court at Auckland this afternoon.
Hieatt said it wasn't fair that he was made to leave her apartment when he paid more than half the rent.
"Really that was fair enough though, wasn't it, because it was her house," Crown prosecutor David Johnstone said to him.
"How could she earn any money?"
Johnstone said that Hieatt didn't really care about Vaikaew and was just using her for sex because his other girlfriend in Thailand was sick of him and he had nowhere else to go
Hieatt had told the court Vaikaew started screaming at him to give her money for rent - which Johnstone said was strange because this happened on a Friday and rent wasn't due until Tuesday.
The court was told Hieatt had just smoked a joint.
He then tried to cover her mouth with masking tape
, which he said was "just one of those stupid ideas that don't seem so stupid when you're stoned".
When Vaikaew tried to escape he carried her back to the bed, held her face down and muffled her cries for help with bedding, loosening some of her teeth and caused her mouth to bleed.
Hieatt said she was wriggling around quite strongly and he was worried that she would call police if he let her go.
"She was waiting for me to drop my guard so she could run away."
She then said "you want to kill me", at which point something in him "snapped" and he strangled her for about two minutes, he said.
Hieatt said he never intended to kill Vaikaew but she had wanted to die.
"I came to the conclusion it was equivalent to suicide by cop,"