Woman tried to hire a hitman to kill ex-friend
A WOMAN who tried to hire a hitman to bump off a former friend has been incarcerated indefinitely.
Yvonne Chainey (41), of Church Walk, Farcet, was given an indefinite hospital sentence by Cambridge Crown Court after writing to a convicted criminal asking him to kill a teenager.
Her note was intended for Robert Lotts (51) who was jailed for four years in 2005 for his role in the murder of Farcet man Robert Bogle (25).
Chainey sent the letter to Mr Lotts’ former home offering £5,000 to the killer of her intended victim, whose name has not been released by police.
The letter read: “You will be paid £5,000 cash if [name, address and description of target] is disposed of.
“You will be paid afterwards, plus extra cash bonus if you have to dispose of anyone who may be with her. “Thank you.” She denied attempting to solicit murder but a jury found her guilty, by a 10 to two majority, following a trial at Cambridge Crown Court.
Chainey had been friends with her intended victim but the relation- ship soured.
In 2009 she viciously assaulted the girl, who was then aged 16, in an attack at Queensgate bus station.
She was convicted of that offence and sentenced to a community order.
But while serving her sentence she scrawled all over her probation papers that she wanted to kill the girl.
This year she took the next step in her potentially lethal path.
She wrote the note and sent it to Mr Lotts’ former address in Farcet on February 10 but it never reached its intended recipient and the police were handed the letter.
Chainey did not sign her name on the letter and detectives launched the hunt for a potential killer.
Officers spoke to her intended victim, asking her if she had any enemies and Chainey’s name was mentioned.
Police acted quickly and only nine days after the letter was written they swooped, arresting Chainey on February 19.
On Friday at Cambridge Crown Court she was sentenced to an indefinite hospital order with continuing treatment.
Speaking after the hearing, Pc Dan Locke said: “What started out as a friendship deteriorated to such an extent that Chainey sought a third party to cause her harm.
“This case shows how seriously such actions are taken by the police and the courts.”
Chainey called on Mr Lotts to carry out the contract killing following his role in the brutal murder of Mr Bogle in 2004.
Mr Lotts and another man paid Paul Glen, from Fleetwood, Lancashire, to assault a mutual enemy called Vincent Smart but the hired muscle knifed Mr Bogle to death instead.
A six-week trial grabbed headlines as security was ramped up to prevent a prison break by the four defendants, including a man who featured in a book profiling underworld figures by Ronnie Kray’s widow.
The hearing, held at Norwich Crown Court, was told how the police unpicked the complicated crime using old-fashioned policing.
It was the first murder investigation tackled by Cambridgeshire police’s Major Investigation Team.
Mr Lotts and another man were cleared of murder and conspiracy to murder. They were jailed after admitting conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.
Glen, who had been convicted of another murder, was jailed for the rest of his life while a fourth man was cleared of all charges.
case: Robert Lotts and his former address where Yvonne Chainey sent her letter.