Ac­cused had ‘ob­ses­sion’ with killing

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Gabrielle Jef­fery

AN ac­cused woman in the mur­der trial of Rock­ing­ham teenager Aaron Pa­jich was known to have an ob­ses­sion with killing some­one.

Jemma Vic­to­ria Lil­ley (26) ap­peared with Trudi Clare Lenon (43) on Oc­to­ber 2 in the Supreme Court for the mur­der trial of Aaron Pa­jich on June 13, 2016.

The court heard Ms Lil­ley acted on her mor­bid ob­ses­sion and would of­ten slip into a char­ac­ter from a book she had writ­ten called the Play­zone, about fic­ti­tious se­rial killers and killings.

The pair both pleaded not guilty, but Lenon stated she was guilty of be­ing an ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact.

Crown Pros­e­cu­tor James McTag­gart said Mr Pa­jich was bru­tally and vi­o­lently mur­dered at the hands of the two ac­cused.

“Ei­ther jointly or one aided the other and just a few days later Lil­ley joked and gloated about it with a work col­league at the Wool­worths Palmyra store,” he said.

“She then searched for a news­pa­per and pointed to a pic­ture of Mr Pa­jich. She went into de­tail about the killing and told him ‘it was harder than she thought it would be’.

“She gave de­tails that only the killer could know.

“She had feel­ings of eu­pho­ria af­ter it and texted those feel­ings to Lenon.

“Mr Pa­jich died a vi­o­lent death from sharp force in­juries of stab wounds to the neck and chest.”

His body was wrapped in a drop sheet and en­tombed un­der a con­crete slab with or­ange/red tiles on it, which ap­peared out of place in the ac­cused’s back­yard.

He said a couch was re­moved and a large piece of car­pet cut out of the liv­ing room and then cov­ered with a rug.

Mr McTag­gart said the at­tempts to con­ceal and clean up af­ter the mur­der were am­a­teur­ish.

He said Ms Lenon met Mr Pa­jich through Kwinana Tafe and he be­came friends with her 14year-old son.

Mr Pa­jich was con­sid­ered to be high on the autism spec­trum, mak­ing him vul­ner­a­ble to the in­flu­ence of oth­ers and have younger friends.

Around 9am on the day he was mur­dered, Aaron got a call from a woman and told his land­lady Adri­enne Reid her name was Trudi.

Mrs Reid said she over­heard a woman say­ing she wanted to meet with Mr Pa­jich and Mrs Reid gave him a lift to Rock­ing­ham City Shop­ping Cen­tre.

When he did not re­turn home that night and af­ter unan­swered calls and texts, Mrs Reid re­ported him miss­ing the next day at Kwinana po­lice sta­tion.

The state’s case is that he was killed the same day he went back to Ms Lil­ley’s house.

Ms Lil­ley’s de­fence lawyer John Prior said his client did not deny the mur­der – just her part in it.

He said Ms Lenon was the one who car­ried it out and that Ms Lil­ley had been do­ing gar­den­ing in her back­yard, not even know­ing Mr Pa­jich was buried there.

Lenon’s lawyer He­len Prince said her client had helped Ms Lil­ley af­ter the fact, as she felt threat­ened by Ms Lil­ley and was afraid for her chil­dren if she did not help her. She said Ms Lenon had run out of the room when Ms Lil­ley al­legedly killed Mr Pa­jich.

Ms Prince said her client was in­volved with BDSM groups as a sub­mis­sive and role played sex­ual fan­tasies and other fan­tasies.

The trial con­tin­ues.

Aaron Pa­jich. The crime scene where Aaron Pa­jich’s body was found at an Orelia house.

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