A trusted painter accused of murdering a maid in a Mississauga mansion told his ex-wife another man killed her, a Brampton court was told yesterday.

Sylvia Chiraboga testified Fabian Loayza-Penaloza swore he never “touched” the maid but his friend, Cristian Figueroa “punched her bad and afterwards strangled her” during a robbery Oct. 1, 2007.

Chiraboga’s ex-husband “always said he was sitting in his van in the garage,” she said.

Loayza-Penaloza, 40, of Woodbridge and Figueroa, 37, of Toronto have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the slaying of Jocelyn Dulnuan, 27. She was strangled with a thin braided copper wire wrapped twice around her neck.

Chiraboga is charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder as well as conspiracy to commit robbery. She’s also charged with perjury in connection with her evidence at the preliminary hearing.

Chiraboga told police in 2007 she had a dream where her ex-husband — and not Figueroa — killed Dulnuan. Many of the dream’s details were remarkably similar to what actually happened, court heard.