Thrill-kill murderer makes appeal bid
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.