Teenager’s killers among WA’s worst

Southern Telegraph - - News - Tim Clarke

Jemma Lil­ley and Trudi Lenon were cat­e­gorised as among WA’s worst killers last week as they were jailed for life for the sadis­tic and heart­less thrill killing of autis­tic teenager Aaron Pa­jichSweet­man.

Their 28-year min­i­mum jail terms are thought to be the high­est im­posed on fe­male killers in WA — though both main­tain their in­no­cence, and Lil­ley will ap­peal against her con­vic­tion.

In a tense, tear­ful court­room, the par­ents of the 18-year-old vic­tim strug­gled to main­tain their emo­tions as Supreme Court Jus­tice Stephen Hall de­scribed the 2016 mur­der as “morally re­pug­nant” and a “piti­less pur­suit” of a thrill kill.

And in a chill­ing post­script, Jus­tice Hall or­dered the psy­cho­log­i­cal and psy­chi­atric re­ports com­piled on Lil­ley be sent to prison au­thor­i­ties be­cause of fears about a “pos­si­ble sce­nario” of re­of­fend­ing “and the steps that need to be taken to pre­vent the risk of that sce­nario becoming a re­al­ity”.

Lil­ley, 26, and Lenon, 44, were last year found guilty of the mur­der of Mr Pa­jich-Sweet­man, who was lured to the Ore­lia home the pair shared and killed for fun.

The jury was told he was gar­rot­ted and stabbed with one of the many knives kept at the home, which was a shrine to Lil­ley’s ob­ses­sion with se­rial killers. Mr Pa­jich-Sweet­man’s body was hidden for days, wrapped and buried in a grave in the back­yard, be­fore it was crudely cov­ered with con­crete and tiles.

The killing was the cul­mi­na­tion of Lil­ley’s years of sadis­tic de­sire to feel the thrill of a kill, which she had openly told friends about, and ex­plored in a book she had writ­ten about a se­rial killer that she called SOS.

She also re­ferred to herself by the same name, a homage to the US se­rial killer Son of Sam.

Jus­tice Hall said that while he be­lieved it was more likely Lil­ley had in­flicted the fa­tal wounds, Lenon was equally cul­pa­ble be­cause she had lured the teenager to the house.

She had known Mr Pa­jichSweet­man through col­lege, and he had been a friend of her son.

When Mr Pa­jich-Sweet­man’s fa­ther Keith Sweet­man was asked how his fam­ily were cop­ing, he had just one word: “suf­fer­ing”.

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