Des­per­ate to kill be­fore she was 25

Tak­ing T ki a life lif was top of f Lil­ley’s twisted bucket list

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THE CRIME A fter stu­dent Aaron Pa­jich-sweet­man, 18, van­ished in June 2016, the po­lice were led to the home of Jemma Lil­ley, a Bri­tish-born su­per­mar­ket worker with an ob­ses­sion with se­rial killers and mur­der... THE STORY

Raised in the his­toric and pic­turesque town of Stam­ford, Lin­colnshire, Jemma Lil­ley was a clever, cre­ative child.

She had a tal­ent for draw­ing and play­ing the pi­ano.

And, de­spite suf­fer­ing from dys­lexia, she had a high IQ and did well at school.

But her early child­hood was ap­par­ently scarred.

She re­port­edly suf­fered psy­cho­log­i­cal and phys­i­cal abuse at the hands of her mother, who had men­tal­health prob­lems.

Her father was even­tu­ally granted cus­tody of Jemma, and dis­tanced her from her mum to pro­tect her from fur­ther trauma.

But the dam­age may have al­ready been done.

Lil­ley stud­ied Video-game De­sign at col­lege. Class­mates re­mem­bered her as in­tel­li­gent but so­cially awk­ward to the point of un­nerv­ing those around her.

And, by then, Lil­ley had de­vel­oped an ob­ses­sion with hor­ror films and se­rial killers.

To her, in­fa­mous child­mur­der­ing villain Freddy Krueger was the hero of the

Night­mare on Elm Street

series of films.

Fas­ci­nated by tor­ture, mur­der and mu­ti­la­tion, Lil­ley re­searched real-life se­rial killers – and their grisly meth­ods.

She even wrote and self­pub­lished a book called Play­zone, which she’d orig­i­nally writ­ten as a com­puter game at the age of 16 – about a fictional se­rial killer and his de­voted fol­low­ers.

The book was tor­ture porn – vi­o­lent and graphic to the ex­treme.

Lil­ley would read bits aloud while wear­ing a grotesque, home­made mask.

Yet, while her mor­bid in­ter­ests were no se­cret, no­body seemed to know that Lil­ley wasn’t merely in­trigued by her evil idols…

She wanted to be one of them.

In 2010, Lil­ley, then 18, moved to Perth, Aus­tralia, on a work­ing visa.

At first, she lived with an old fam­ily friend.

But, even­tu­ally, Lil­ley moved to a house in Ore­lia, Perth, which she nick­named Elm Street, af­ter her favourite film.

Her new home was adorned with hor­ror-movie mem­o­ra­bilia, in­clud­ing a Chucky doll – villain of the Child’s Play movie series – bran­dish­ing a knife.

Then, in 2016, Lil­ley, aged 24, met older, sin­gle mum Trudi Lenon through mu­tual friends.

Lenon, 44, was a sub­mis­sive in Perth’s BDSM – bondage, dis­ci­pline, dom­i­nance, sub­mis­sion and sado­masochism – scene.

The pair quickly be­came in­sep­a­ra­ble – with Lenon mov­ing into Elm Street. I will fear you but re­spect you...i see you as my

dom­i­nant, Lenon wrote to Lil­ley on Face­book.

My mind is the dark­est be­ing you will ever be lay­ing your life in the hands of, Lil­ley replied.

But, if Lil­ley had a burn­ing lust for mur­der be­fore, this toxic re­la­tion­ship now ig­nited that spark.

The two women shared their mur­der­ous fan­tasies. And they soon be­gan plot­ting mur­der. I can­not rest un­til the blood or the flesh of a scream­ing,

plead­ing victim is gush­ing out and pool­ing on the floor, one dis­turb­ing mes­sage from Lil­ley to Lenon read.

It is def­i­nitely time – I am ready, you are ready,

Lenon replied.

And it was Lenon who found their victim.

Aaron Pa­jich-sweet­man was a stu­dent on the autis­tic spec­trum, who Lenon knew from col­lege.

A friendly, trust­ing soul, Aaron read­ily agreed to go round and help Lenon download com­puter soft­ware in June 2016.

In re­al­ity, Aaron had been lured to Elm Street for a more sin­is­ter pur­pose.

While Aaron sat at the com­puter, Lil­ley jumped on him from be­hind, to stran­gle him with a gar­rotte wire.

When the wire snapped, Lenon held him down, while Lil­ley stabbed him twice in the neck and once in the chest.

Aaron bled to death on the floor, be­fore they buried him in the gar­den, pour­ing con­crete over his shal­low grave and cov­er­ing it with red tiles.

Hav­ing fi­nally quenched her blood lust, Lil­ley was rid­ing on a wave of eu­pho­ria.

I’m feel­ing things I’ve never felt be­fore, she mes­saged Lenon.

Elated Lil­ley couldn’t help bragging about the thrill of killing to a col­league at her su­per­mar­ket job.

How­ever, when he sug­gested go­ing to po­lice, she claimed she was jok­ing.

But Aaron’s fam­ily soon re­ported him missing.

Through his phone records, the po­lice dis­cov­ered that the last per­son he’d spo­ken to was Trudi Lenon.

Search­ing the house, the po­lice found a stash of weapons and hand­writ­ten lists of tor­ture meth­ods.

Brand­ing, force-feed­ing, foot roast­ing, gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion and Chi­nese wa­ter tor­ture.

Hor­ri­fy­ingly, they also found a piece of meat, semidis­solved in a tub of hy­drochlo­ric acid in what looked like an ex­per­i­ment.

Then the de­tec­tives dug up the fully-clothed body of Aaron Pa­jich-sweet­man.

Lil­ley and Lenon were both charged with mur­der.

In Oc­to­ber 2017, the pair went on trial at the Supreme Court of West­ern Aus­tralia.

They pleaded not guilty. Each blamed the other for the mur­der, and Lil­ley de­nied all

in in­volve­ment, claimed she was un­aware Aaron was buried in the gar­den.

Lenon ad­mit­ted wit­ness­ing the mur­der and help­ing clean up – but main­tained Aaron died at Lil­ley’s hands.

Yet the ev­i­dence was ir­refutable.

The court heard that Lil­ley had told a friend that mur­der was on her bucket list – and she hoped to cross it off be­fore turn­ing 25.

CCTV from a hard­ware shop showed both women buy­ing hy­drochlo­ric acid to dis­solve body parts – a plan they never car­ried out – and con­crete.

De­tec­tives also found a ‘se­cret’ room, with walls cov­ered in blue tar­pau­lin, and a shop­ping trolley with hu­man hair around its wheel. They be­lieved it was used to store Aaron’s body be­fore burial.

Jemma Lil­ley and Trudi Lenon were both found guilty, and sen­tenced to life in prison, serv­ing a min­i­mum of 28 years.

Nei­ther showed any emo­tion or re­morse as the judge handed down the sen­tence.

‘They have taken an in­no­cent boy from his loved ones... They don’t de­serve the air they breathe,’ said Aaron’s mother Sharon.

Lil­ley had sat­is­fied her blood lust – and it’s to be hoped there are no other grisly crimes re­main­ing on her bucket list should she ever be re­leased.

Tr udi Lenon

Victim Aaron

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