Woman jailed af­ter send­ing in­ti­mate photo to ex-boyfriend who went on to kill new lover

Costa Levante News - - THE BIRTH SCENE -

A woman who sent an in­ti­mate pic­ture to her ex-boyfriend who then mur­dered the man in the im­age in a jeal­ous rage has been jailed for four months.

Sarah Bram­ley, 29, pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown Court last month to en­cour­ag­ing or as­sist­ing the com­mis­sion of an of­fence.

The de­fen­dant, of Lang­dale Road, Dar­ling­ton, sent former part­ner David Saun­ders, 33, a pic­ture of her per­form­ing a sex act on her new lover Michael Law­son, 34.

Bram­ley ad­mit­ted the of­fence on the ba­sis she sent the im­age be­liev­ing her ex-part­ner would carry out a com­mon as­sault, rather than com­mit mur­der.

But in the early hours of July 1 last year, shortly af­ter re­ceiv­ing the photo, Saun­ders stabbed fa­ther-of-one Mr Law­son through the heart.

In De­cem­ber, Saun­ders was jailed for life at Teesside Crown Court with a min­i­mum term of 22-and-a-half years af­ter he ad­mit­ted mur­der­ing Mr Law­son in Dar­ling­ton.

Bram­ley is a mother of two young sons and is ex­pect­ing a baby in Fe­bru­ary, the court heard.

Judge Stephen Ashurst said: "Al­though you did not con­tem­plate that Saun­ders would go on to kill Michael Law­son, I take the view it is hard to con­ceive a more se­ri­ous case of en­cour­ag­ing the com­mis­sion of a com­mon as­sault."

Bram­ley did not vis­i­bly re­act as she left the dock.

When Judge Ashurst jailed Saun­ders last year, he said: "Jeal­ousy was very much at the heart of your be­hav­iour.

"Ul­ti­mately a life was need­lessly lost be­cause of a loss of con­trol."

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