Wo­man tried to hire a hit­man to kill ex-friend

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

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.

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