REDWOOD CITY -- The woman who evicted Woodside murder defendant Pooroushasb "Peter" Parineh from his office building in 2010 testified Thursday that Parineh told her wives are "disposable."
Lori Bluett was appointed by a court in January 2010 to oversee a building in Los Altos that Parineh had owned before defaulting on the loan he used to buy it. She testified that Parineh refused to leave, returning to his office suite nearly every day for several months and even illicitly collecting rent from tenants.
Their interactions were mostly polite, Bluett said, aside from some disparaging remarks he made about women. On one occasion he compared wives to cars.
"You lease them, you don't buy them," Bluett recalled Parineh saying. "That way you can replace them every four years."
Bluett ultimately had Parineh evicted April 12, just one day before his wife, Parima, was found shot to death in the master bedroom of the Parinehs' Woodside mansion. Prosecutors claim the 67-year-old businessman killed Parima, then made it appear as though she had shot herself, in an attempt to access a $30 million life insurance policy that included a suicide clause. The defense argues Parima was depressed and took her own life.
The office building on El Camino Real in Los Altos was eventually sold at auction for $8 million, Bluett testified. It was one of many distressed properties in Parineh's portfolio, which was worth around $70 million in 2006 before the real estate market collapsed.
A San Mateo County Superior Court jury also heard Thursday from an old mistress with whom Parineh spent several days in the week after his wife's death. Myong Shuch testified that, beginning April 15, she and the defendant spent three nights together, including two at the upscale Cypress Hotel in Cupertino. The two first had an affair from 1990 to 1992, she said.
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