Thrill-kill mur­derer makes ap­peal bid

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS -

Jemma Lilley, the wannabe se­rial killer serv­ing a life term for the bru­tal killing of Waikiki teenager Aaron Pa­jich-Sweet­man, is at­tempt­ing to have her con­vic­tion over­turned.

Lilley was jailed for a min­i­mum of 28 years af­ter she, and her part­ner in crime Trudi Lenon, were both found guilty of the “thrill killing” of Mr Pa­jich-Sweet­man in June 2016, hav­ing lured him to the house they shared in Ore­lia.

Dur­ing the trial it emerged Lilley had been obsessed with se­rial killers from her teens and had am­bi­tions to be­come one.

Lenon, who had a his­tory as a sub­mis­sive in the un­der­ground BDSM scene in Perth, be­came her en­abler and used a fam­ily con­nec­tion with Mr Pa­jich-Sweet­man to lure him into their car and their home, where he was gar­rot­ted, stabbed and then buried un­der a pa­tio in the gar­den.

Both blamed each other, while their mutual fas­ci­na­tion with knives, se­rial killers and a strange al­ter ego re­la­tion­ship which de­vel­oped be­tween Lilley’s per­sona SOS, and Lenon’s al­ter ego Corv­ina, was re­vealed in court. Last Wednes­day, Lilley’s ap­peal lawyer Si­mon Wat­ters put for­ward ar­gu­ments that a list of propen­sity ev­i­dence put against Lilley by prose­cu­tors — in­clud­ing a book about a se­rial killer called SOS en­ti­tled Play­zone — should not have been al­lowed to be put be­fore a jury.

The im­por­tance of the case was il­lus­trated by WA’s Direc­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions Amanda For­rester per­son­ally ap­pear­ing in court on be­half of the State.

But she was not called on to do much, as the three judge panel ques­tioned Mr Wat­ters vig­or­ously about his ar­gu­ments, but said they did not need to hear from Ms For­rester.

Lilley ap­peared in prison on video link from the Eastern Gold­fields, where she was moved af­ter it was re­vealed she was flaunt­ing a romance in­side prison with an­other no­to­ri­ous fe­male killer.

Both Mr Pa­jich-Sweet­man’s par­ents were in court for the hear­ing, but said noth­ing as they left.

The court will hand down their de­ci­sion on the ap­peal later this year.

Lilley ap­peared in prison on video link from the Eastern Gold­fields.

Jemma Lilley

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