‘Bucket list’ killer locked up for life

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A BRI­TISH woman who had an “ob­ses­sion” with se­rial killers has been jailed for life for gar­rot­ing, stab­bing and bury­ing the body of an autis­tic teenager in Western Aus­tralia.

Jemma Lil­ley, pre­vi­ously of Stam­ford, Lin­colnshire, mur­dered 18-year-old Aaron Pa­jich at her home in Perth, bury­ing him in a shal­low grave in her gar­den and cov­er­ing it with con­crete and tiles.

The 26-year-old was con­victed along­side 43-year-old house­mate Trudi Lenon at the Supreme Court of Western Aus­tralia in Novem­ber.

To­day the pair were sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment with a min­i­mum term of 28 years.

Lil­ley said she wanted to kill some­one be­fore she turned 25, and once she had ticked off mur­der from her “bucket list” she was so “full of her­self and eu­phoric” that she could not help boast­ing to a work col­league, pros­e­cu­tor James McTag­gart told the court dur­ing a four­week trial last year. She had pre­vi­ously writ­ten a book about a se­rial killer called SOS and went on to as­sume the iden­tity of the char­ac­ter, the jury heard. Speak­ing af­ter the con­vic­tion, Lil­ley’s step­mother, Nina Lil­ley, 48, said: “The book was a big prob­lem with me. At the be­gin­ning I was, ‘fair enough you want to write a hor­ror story’, but I didn’t like the con­tents of it.

“She had al­ways had an ob­ses­sion with se­rial killers but she said it was a way of vent­ing her frus­tra­tion of what hap­pened when she was a child.”

The vic­tim — de­scribed by his mother as a “pre­cious lit­tle boy” — was lured to his death on June 13 2016, with both de­fen­dants blam­ing each other for the killing. Lenon told the court Lil­ley ap­proached the teenager from be­hind as he in­stalled games on her com­puter, gar­roted him un­til the wire broke then stabbed him three times.

The pros­e­cu­tion said Lil­ley left in­crim­i­nat­ing mes­sages to her “ob­se­quious and syco­phan­tic” fol­lower Lenon hours af­ter the killing, say­ing she was feel­ing things she had “not felt be­fore”.

Af­ter the ver­dict, the vic­tim’s emo­tional mother Sharon Pa­jich told re­porters she was heart­bro­ken and would have to deal with what hap­pened to her son for a life­time.

His mur­der­ers were “dis­gust­ing an­i­mals” and should never be re­leased, she said. “He was my pre­cious lit­tle boy, he was my first-born ... he was full of life.

“The killers de­serve ev­ery­thing they get for what they’ve done, they’ve taken an in­no­cent boy from his loved ones.”

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