Killer’s ‘evil’ plan to slay mother and take her kids

Warwick Daily News - - NATION -

AN IN­FER­TILE woman who was the “ar­chi­tect” of the mur­der of an in­tel­lec­tu­ally im­paired woman, so she could take cus­tody of her chil­dren, has been jailed for 30 years.

Christine Lyons, 47, des­per­ately wanted chil­dren of her own and put to­gether a “heart­less and thor­oughly evil” plan to kill 39-year-old Sa­man­tha Kelly, with the aim of tak­ing cus­tody of her chil­dren.

Both Christine’s then-part­ner, Peter Arthur, and for­mer lover, Ron­ald Lyons, helped her. The trio lived to­gether along with Ron­ald’s three chil­dren, with Ms Kelly liv­ing in a bun­ga­low at the back of the Bendigo home.

On Jan­uary 20, 2016, Christine and Ron­ald Lyons fed Ms Kelly drugs but she did not die.

Then on Jan­uary 22 or Jan­uary 23, Christine (pic­she tured) di­rected Arthur to kill Ms Kelly with an “al­ter­na­tive method” – a ham­mer.

Christine Lyons, who was con­victed of both at­tempted mur­der and mur­der, will spend at least 23 years in jail.

Ron­ald Lyons, 46, who is un­re­lated, was jailed for 12 years, with a min­i­mum of nine years, for at­tempted mur­der and as­sist­ing an of­fender.

He was cleared of mur­der charges.

Arthur was pre­vi­ously jailed for 22 years, with a min­i­mum 18 years, af­ter plead­ing guilty to mur­der.

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