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May 18th, 2010, 06:40 PM
A British mother was in custody last night on suspicion of murdering her two young children in a popular Spanish resort.
The children, a boy aged one and a girl of five, are believed to have been suffocated or strangled.
It was widely reported in the Spanish media that the mother, who may have some type of mental disorder, had confessed to killing her children.
The bodies were found yesterday afternoon in a hotel room in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava.
The mother, who is believed to be aged around 40, approached reception staff at the beachfront Hotel Miramar shortly after 3pm and asked for an ambulance.
Police were called and made the horrific discovery in Room 101 of the four-star hotel.
After being questioned by police, the woman returned to the hotel room to help carry out a reconstruction for investigators.
She was taken away from the Hotel Miramar shortly after 6.30pm.
A spokesman said: 'Around 3.53pm officers received a call from the local police in Lloret de Mar, asking them to go to a hotel where the lifeless bodies of two youngsters had been found.
'When the officers arrived they established that there were two dead minors inside one of the hotel bedrooms.
'Officers from Girona are investigating the death of the two children and arrested the mother of the two minors for her suspected connection with those events.'
'At this early stage we cannot say exactly how the children died. We have forensic officers at the scene and more details will emerge in the coming days.'
The bodies of the children have been transferred to the Institute of Legal Medicine in Girona and will be examined by a pathologist today.
The mother, who has not yet been charged with any offence, is expected to appear before a judge today or tomorrow.
The woman checked into the £53-a-night hotel with the children on Saturday.
She was not part of a package deal with a tour operator and had made the reservation by phone before paying in advance for four nights' accommodation.
The family had been expected to check out of the hotel today.
Sources within the Hotel Miramar said the woman arrived by car with the children.
It was unclear whether they were already living in Spain or holidaying on the Costa Brava. It was also not known whether the woman checked into the hotel alone or had been joined by a husband or partner.
A hotel spokesman refused to discuss the tragedy.
May 19th, 2010, 06:33 AM
The partner of the British mother accused of killing her two small children in Spain was arrested last week on charges of child rape, it was revealed today.
Martin Anthony Smith was seized in Barcelona on Friday after fleeing Britain with his wife and five-year-old daughter, Rebecca.
One of Britain's most wanted, he had been on the run for nearly two years.
The 45-year-old, from North Shields, had been wanted in connection with a rape of a child under 16, gross indecency with a girl under 16, indecent assault of a girl under 16, and attempted rape of a girl under 16. The alleged attacks took place between April 30, 1995 and April 29, 2005.
He was extradited back to the UK and appeared in Carlisle Magistrates' Court this morning to face 13 sexual offence charges.
Today his wife, who name is reported as being Angela Lee Smith or Lianne Smith, is being held in Spain after allegedly leaving a note confessing that she had killed her children.
They were named today as Rebecca and Daniel Smith. Rebecca was five years old, while Daniel was just 11 months.
Smith is believed to be the father of Rebecca. It is not yet clear if he is father or step-father to Daniel.
He was told last night by Cumbrian police that the children had been killed in 'the tragic events in Spain'.
The mother allegedly left a note explaining why she had killed the children. Reports this morning claimed she feared the children would be taken from her by authorities.
Police have not yet confirmed claims that Rebecca and Daniel were suffocated with a plastic bag.
The baby boy's father, who was not with the family, is believed to have flown from Britain to Girona yesterday. (guess that clears it up that Smith was Daniel's step-dad)
Sources said police were searching rubbish bins near the hotel for sleeping pills or tablets that may have been used to overdose the youngsters, although suffocation has not yet been ruled out.
The mother, who is believed to be aged around 40, approached reception staff at the beachfront Hotel Miramar shortly after 3pm and asked for an ambulance.
When hotel staff asked why, she reportedly would only reply: 'You will see.'
May 19th, 2010, 08:36 AM
"Mom" should have offed her man instead of her kids. I don't understand how "dead" is better than being alive but not living with you.
Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt said Smith's extradition may have sparked the sequence of events leading to the children's deaths.
Brunt said: "His removal back to the UK may have triggered this terrible tragedy.
"A source in Spain has told me that Lianne Smith said to police she was very concerned that the Spanish authorities would take the children off her."
Initial reports had suggested there were no obvious signs of violence at the scene.
Brunt added: "It looks as though a plastic bag was used to kill them - that is the latest information from Spanish sources."
Shortly before the alarm was raised, a sign had been put on the door of Ms Smith's hotel room which said: "Do not disturb, my kids are ill."
The father, 45 and from North Shields, was described by Cumbria Police as being "distraught" when told of his children's death.
"It is an extraordinary twist to a very tragic story," said Brunt.
Rebecca had been reported missing on website Help Find My Child - which posts details of abducted or missing children.
In an entry dated December 7, 2007, the girl was said to be missing from Lichfield in Staffordshire.
The website says: "Police are concerned for Rebecca who has not been seen since she left the UK with her mother and father Martin Smith."
According to Spanish police, another British man is still being sought in relation to the deaths.
Speaking outside the hotel, Sky News' Ursula Errington said: "We understand from Spanish media, quoting police sources, that they are looking for a British male who was not resident at the hotel."
May 19th, 2010, 09:59 AM
Rebecca looks very solemn in her photo. Kids usually smile for the camera.
May 19th, 2010, 03:24 PM
My children might be taken from me..what to do, what to do. Protest that I'm not like my POS rapist husband? Nope, one up him and become a child killer instead! Seriously, what was this bitch thinking?!
May 19th, 2010, 07:42 PM
A mother suspected of killing her two young children in Spain gave a chilling warning days before their deaths.
Lianne Smith, 43, sobbed: 'I really don't know how I'll cope.'
She was frantic with fear that five-year-old Rebecca and 11-month-old Daniel would be taken into care after her partner Martin Smith was arrested over paedophile allegations.
In a dramatic appeal for help, she said: 'Martin's gone now and I've been left looking after both of the children.
'I really don't know how I'll cope... I'm not sure what my plans are now. I'm trying to get my head together and work out what to do.'
Mrs Smith is a former head of a Cumbria County Council department set up to protect children, and ran a nursery for youngsters aged three to six in Barcelona. (omfg, she was looking after little kids, when her husband was wanted for child sex crimes!)
She issued her plea in an interview with a publicist whom she contacted after Smith was dramatically held by Spanish police on May 8.
She firmly believes he is innocent - but was left in despair after he was extradited to the UK.
Martin Smith was told about his children's deaths after he was extradited back to Britain on Tuesday, and immediately threatened to kill himself.
He is understood to be on suicide watch.
Mrs Smith said she had always believed in her partner's innocence, saying: 'The allegations were shocking. Never once did I question Martin as to whether it was true or not.
'If I had only one small doubt, I would have ended our relationship... Martin was really badly affected by the experience.'
Mrs Smith opened a nursery in the city aimed at British families and Spanish parents who wanted their youngsters to learn English. Parents were charged £17 an hour.
But last month the flat was burgled and Mrs Smith reported it to police. She told the publicist that she feared this had triggered her partner's arrest.
He was seized by Spanish police using a European arrest warrant on May 8 and faced magistrates in Carlisle, accused of 13 offences allegedly committed between 1995 and 2005.
The court heard that his alleged victim claims she was regularly assaulted from an early age.
Smith, originally from North Shields, Tyneside, was remanded in custody and is due before Carlisle Crown Court on June 7. He denies the charges.
Between 2005 and 2007, Lianne Smith was head of the Extended Schools Department, part of the children's services department of Cumbria County Council, set up to safeguard children aged between three and 14.
She was responsible for services in schools and children's centres, and spearheaded the flagship 'Every Child Matters' programme.
May 21st, 2010, 10:42 PM
Killer mum slept with two dead kids
KILLER mother Lianne Smith slept in the same bed as her kids after suffocating them, it emerged last night.
The 43-year-old killed Rebecca, five, and 11-month-old Daniel on Monday night at a Spanish hotel - then raised the alarm at 2pm on Tuesday, according to reports.
Yesterday the Brit was remanded to prison after a judge ruled she was SANE and aware of her actions.
Court documents revealed she had made THREE confessions to murdering her children.
One was to a doctor after her arrest.
Another was to detectives and the third was in a note left in her Costa Brava hotel room in Lloret de Mar after a failed suicide bid.
Judge Rafael Fernandez Santiago quizzed Lianne in a six-hour hearing behind closed doors at Blanes on the Costa Brava yesterday
He said a doctor "concluded Mrs Smith was conscious, fully orientated and understood the situation". He added her statements were "coherent and display very little contradiction".
He revealed Lianne had been asked if she wanted to be present while the kids' bodies were removed from the hotel - but declined "because she had already said goodbye to her children".
He added: "The detainee's statement in the judicial headquarters ratifies the one she made earlier, she confesses to killing her two children. It also describes in details the perpetration of the crime. The suspect acted alone."
The judge added he was remanding her in custody because there was a risk she would vanish if granted bail.
Paedo suspect ... Martin SmithShe has not been formally charged in line with Spanish law. Formal charges are made shortly before a trial.
A court statement released along with the written remand ruling said: "The judge at court No3 in Blanes has remanded Lianne Angela Smith in jail and not a psychiatric unit for two crimes of murder."
The papers confirmed Lianne had feared Rebecca and Daniel would be seized by authorities after the arrest of their paedo suspect dad Martin Smith, 45, at the family's flat in Barcelona.
The judge confirmed the children had been suffocated with a plastic bag.
Reports said Lianne slept with the kids before cutting her wrists and then asking hotel reception staff to call police and an ambulance.
Lianne was last night moved to a mixed prison in Girona, 60 miles north of Barcelona
She is thought to be in isolation over fears of attacks from inmates.
The mum has been on suicide watch after telling police: "I want to join my children on the other side."
Martin Smith vanished from the UK in December 2007 where he was awaiting trial on 13 charges of abusing a girl under 16 between 1995-2005.
Then last month, Lianne reported a burglary at their apartment in Barcelona. Investigating officers rumbled Martin, named last year as one of Britain's most wanted fugitives in Spain.
They shadowed the ex-TV psychic while British police prepared legal paperwork. Then on May 7 they swooped - sending him back to Britain on Wednesday under fast-track extradition procedures.
Martin, originally from North Shields, and Lianne, from Wallsend, North Tyneside, are not married but share the same surname.
The pair ran an unlicensed B&B from their three-bed Barcelona flat.
One mum who knew the couple said: "I thought they were very religious, Jehovah's Witnesses or Mormons, because they were such an odd couple. He was very aggressive, and complained a lot about living in Spain. It was clear he was pulling the strings.
"She was like a vicar's wife. Extremely smartly dressed and strait-laced, but she looked like a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown, very frightened and scared.
"Rebecca was like an old woman, so hunched-up and timid."
Lianne faces 15 to 20 years in jail for each count of murder - but the maximum jail sentence in Spain is 30 years.
May 29th, 2010, 04:53 AM
Gently holding her baby son, Lianne Smith is a picture of proud parenthood.
Hours later, the boy and his sister were dead and their mother had tried to kill herself.
The haunting photograph, apparently taken by Mrs Smith's five-year-old daughter Rebecca, was included in a package which was posted from Spain to England.
It arrived only yesterday and is revealed exclusively in the Daily Mail. The fugitive mother compiled an album of their 'wonderful holiday' together on the Costa Brava, then sent it off with a farewell letter before allegedly smothering Rebecca and 11-month-old Daniel with a plastic bag almost two weeks ago.
The package leaves little doubt that the tormented teacher mapped out every last detail of her actions, and was fully in control until the end.
Crucially, a line in her letter pinpoints the exact moment - and the reason - she decided to put her plan into action.
She reveals that 'an attempt was made to take my children' - so she intended to give them 'a short and wonderful holiday before events you will start to hear about in the press'.
'Social Services in Staffordshire and their policy of "forced adoptions" are to blame for this,' she writes. Foretelling her own death, she adds: 'If we were only dealing with the police and court system I would still be here for Martin.'
No! You, and only you are responsible for the deaths Lianne!
You know, all along I have wondered why she fled. If he was in custody, and she had no record, or was a suspect in his crime, why did she run? And, the awful thought struck me; Did he sexually abuse either one of the two dead children, with or without her knowledge?
Being a social worker herself, she couldn't have believed that they could take her children away from her because of his criminal history, once he was out of the picture. Her actions and reactions to his arrest have always struck me as extremely strange and innapropriate.
But, in any event, don't you all think it's strange how so many 'suicidal parents' and 'suicidal spouses' mostly always seem to survive their loved ones that they have killed in their dubious 'pacts?'
May 29th, 2010, 05:12 AM
Hours left to live: Baby Daniel Smith in his mother Lianne's arms
The last trip to the beach: Five-year-old Rebecca Smith and her 11-month-old brother Daniel crawl happily in the sand together
Epitaph to a lost son and daughter: Extracts from the letter sent back to England by Lianne Smith
Seemingly relaxed, happy and perfectly at ease, despite already having decided to kill her kids.
Mrs Smith survived to alert the authorities herself despite apparently using the same plastic bag which smothered the children on herself
And she held those kids down, held a bag over their heads while they died. But when it came to herself, she couldn't bare the agony of suffocating to death.
June 9th, 2010, 05:03 AM
The children allegedly murdered by their mother in a Spanish holiday hotel were buried today in a tearful ceremony snubbed by their relatives.
Rebecca Smith, five, and brother Daniel, just 11 months, were remembered in the poignant funeral service held just a mile from the room in the Costa Brava resort of Lloret de Mar where expat mum Lianne is accused of smothering them to death with a plastic bag.
The tragic pair were placed in the same grave.
Around 40 mourners including the town mayor, police chiefs, and teachers and parents at the school Rebecca attended in Barcelona, gathered in a tiny chapel at the town cemetery to pay their last respects.
But neither the children's mum or their alleged paedophile dad Martin - both currently languishing in jail - were there.
And other UK-based relatives of the dead children including their grandparents, aunts and uncles, also failed to attend.
Local police chief Cesar Martinez, speaking moments before the start of a 20-minute remembrance service at the 19-century chapel, said: 'Unfortunately today there are no members of the two children's family.
'We made every effort possible to contact their relatives including grandparents, uncles and aunts but nobody has come.
'The children's mother had the right to come here today if she so wished.
'She's not yet been convicted of any offence and if she asked to come, the authorities would have brought her but that's clearly not the case.'
The coffins were driven the short distance to the burial site with mourners walking slowly behind before being raised on a hydraulic platform into the same niche grave and laid to rest side by side.
Lloret de Mar mayor Xavier Crespo, pain etched on his face, admitted after: 'This is one of the saddest days of my life. It feels like burying my own two children.'
Roman Catholic priest Josep Calm choked back tears as he added: 'I wish these two small children could be playing for ever on the beach at Lloret with other youngsters.
'A society which does not protect its children is a sick society.'
One of Rebecca's teachers, who did not give her name, described her as a happy child in a tribute.
She said: 'Rebecca was a timid child but she gave us a great deal of joy in the classroom.
'She was a very happy child and that's how we will always remember her, happy, content and smiling.
'She regularly made us laugh trying to help us with our English.'
Fuck those relatives. Every single one of them. I hope no one turns up to mourn them, or show respects at their fucking funerals either.
RIP, babies. Im glad the locals cared enough about you to turn up to show their respect and love. xx
June 9th, 2010, 05:18 AM
Damn... it hurts to see the pics of the kids.......
Evil killing innocence....... Just fucking wrong man........
December 13th, 2010, 12:52 PM
A mother accused of murdering her two children in a Spanish hotel today said she still loved her partner, who is on trial for a string of child sex offences.
Lianne Smith, 44, who is is police custody, was giving evidence to Manchester Crown Court in defence of her partner, Martin Smith, 45.
Miss Smith spoke via a video-link from Spain, where she is being held on suspicion of the murder of the couple's two children, Rebecca, five, and Daniel, 11 months.
Mr Smith is on trial for 11 specimen charges of rape, attempted rape, indecency with a child and indecent assault, spanning nine years from May 1995 to May 2004.
He denies all of the charges.
Miss Smith is due to stand trial in Spain accused of murdering their children.
Asked if she was still in a relationship with Smith, Miss Smith replied: 'Yes I am.'
And when asked if she still loved him, she replied: 'I love him, yes.'
Her partner, originally from North Shields, is accused of using hypnotism and violence to groom and sexually abuse a young girl, who he had regular access to, over the period of a decade.
Asked to describe him, she said he was, 'very, very friendly, generous, kind'.
She added: 'Martin, from the very first day, always seemed to be the most honest person I have ever known. We could talk about everything and anything.'
She said Smith had 'never' been violent towards her.
'I would have ended the relationship. No, I would never have stayed with him if there had been.'
Ms Whittlestone asked if she ever had any concerns about her partner or inappropriate behaviour with young girls.
'No never. Never,' she replied.
The case continues.
December 15th, 2010, 01:39 PM
A former TV psychic who tried to hypnotise a young girl before sexually abusing her was facing jail today.
Martin Smith, whose partner Lianne Smith is accused of murdering their two young children in Spain, was convicted of abusing the girl for almost a decade.
The 45-year-old had regular access to the child and abused her from the age of just seven, Manchester Crown Court heard.
He was found guilty of 11 specimen counts of rape, attempted rape, indecency with a child and indecent assault, spanning nine years from May 1995 to May 2004.
The victim, who is now in her 20s, told the jury how Smith would try to hypnotise her and hit and bully her to ensure she complied with his demands.
Smith will be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court in February next year. He blinked but gave no further reaction today when the guilty verdicts were read out.
The defendant's lawyer, Kim Whittlestone, asked for a pre-sentence report - given the defendant faced a jail term 'well into double figures'.
Mr Justice Stephen Irwin replied: 'I'm sure your client is aware a significant custodial sentence is inevitable.'
Addressing the defendant, he added: 'Having been convicted, you know that you inevitably face a long sentence in custody.
'I'm prepared to accede to the request there should be a pre-sentence report, I am told there is also a psychiatric report.
'You will be remanded into custody and come up in court for sentence in the New Year.'
The court was told Smith, originally from North Shields, would use hypnotism and violence to groom the girl before 'systematic and prolonged' sexual abuse.
Miss Smith appeared before the jury only as a witness, called by the defence and cross-examined by the prosecution. A child murderer was the best witness the defense could find? :crazy:
Miss Smith remains behind bars in the Spanish city of Girona while a judge continues to investigate the case against her.
A court official said today that no date has yet been set for her return to court. A legal document released after her arrest said she had admitted killing both her children.
December 15th, 2010, 02:50 PM
I read this story when it was first posted. I chilled me to the bone, more so than some others I've read with similar circumstances. Not sure why. Perhaps the photo of Rebecca above, she looks so sad. Or maybe how their mother, lovingly she smiles in that picture as she held little Daniel just hours before killing him. The killing of ones innocent babies, it is entirely the darkest thing I can fathom.
A hysterical attempt to protect them? No, I don't see it that way at all. This woman took her children's right to life and selfishly stole it. I see no honor in that when there were options, choices that would have given them a fair chance at life. So sorry little ones...gone too soon.
March 12th, 2011, 06:31 AM
A paedophile whose partner is accused of murdering their two children in a Spanish hotel has been jailed for 16 years.
Former television hypnotist Martin Smith, 45, who used violence to groom and sexually abuse a young girl, carried out the attacks over a nine-year period
Her partner's victim, who is now in her 20s, told the jury during his case how he would try to hypnotise her and hit and bully her to ensure she complied with his demands.
He was found guilty of 11 specimen charges of rape, attempted rape, indecency with a child and indecent assault, spanning nine years from May 1995 to May 2004, in December.
Mr Justice Irwin said Smith represented 'a high risk of serious harm' to any girls who might find themselves under his influence in the future.
What could not be reported until now, however, is that Martin Smith’s victim was none other than Sarah, Lianne’s own daughter.
It was she who, from the age of seven, was sexually abused and raped by her stepfather.
Furthermore, when Sarah tried to tell her mother about the abuse, she was rejected with the words: ‘If you are going to spread lies, you are no daughter of mine. I’m not going to listen to poison like that.’http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/03/11/article-0-0D7FAF08000005DC-837_233x528.jpg
Sarah Richardson, shortly before he started abusing her
January 25th, 2012, 07:17 AM
A paedophile whose partner is accused of murdering their children has been found hanged in his cell at Strangeways prison.
Martin Smith, 46, was discovered by wardens at the Manchester jail.
They battled to save him but he was pronounced dead half an hour later. :top:
At his trial last year Kim Whittlestone, defending him, said he was finding his time in prison 'very difficult'. (really? aw, bless.)
Smith was discovered when the cells were opened for prisoners to take part in their period of 'evening association'. He had earlier taken his dinner to his cell, where he was locked in while staff had their own meals.
A Prison Service spokesman said: 'Prisoner Martin Smith, 46, was found hanging by staff at HMP Manchester .
'Staff intervened but he was pronounced dead at the prison at approximately 7pm.
'As with all deaths in custody, the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will undertake an investigation.' Police were also called to the scene and the coroner has been informed.
A GMP spokesman said: 'Police inquiries into the death are ongoing, although it is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances.'
January 25th, 2012, 04:35 PM
This is the best thing I've heard all year.
I hope she follows his example.
January 25th, 2012, 04:48 PM
You know he was a psychic? One'd think he would have seen all this coming......
January 25th, 2012, 05:04 PM
This has to be the ultimate penis over daughther CUNT!!
She let her daughter be raped for years and called her a liar and never questioned her penis
because the FUCKING CUNT already knew he was raping her daughter and didn't care
Furthermore, when Sarah tried to tell her mother about the abuse, she was rejected with the words: ‘If you are going to spread lies, you are no daughter of mine. I’m not going to listen to poison like that.’
January 26th, 2012, 06:22 AM
I could do that job - stand there and watch the murdering whore commit suicide. That probably wouldn't match their job description, tho'.
His partner Lianne Smith, 44 - the mother of his sex abuse victim - has been placed on suicide watch in a Spanish prison where she is being held.
A source at the prison where Miss Smith is being held said the couple wrote to each other every day from their prison cells.
He said: ‘Lianne was absolutely devoted to Martin and had always wrongly believed he was innocent.
'The letters were a big part of her day, both writing and receiving them.
‘The highlight of her jail life would be when Martin telephoned her each month. She told friends that she lived for those eight minute phone calls.’
Miss Smith had previously told friends that if her partner was not alive she would kill herself to ‘be with her children’.
British Embassy staff are believed to have broken the news to Lianne Smith along with a prison psychiatrist and social worker.
She was immediately moved from a hospital ward at the prison where she was under ‘low level observation’ to a secure psychiatric hospital on the jail complex where she was placed on a 24 hour watch by a specialist team.
She can live with herself after murdering her babies, but she can't live without the sick pervert who raped her daughter.
January 26th, 2012, 11:52 AM
Give her a plastic bag and walk away
January 27th, 2012, 06:46 PM
June 18th, 2012, 05:45 PM
Her trial in Spain has started:
A British mother killed her two young children just days after her fugitive paedophile lover was captured by police, a Spanish court heard on the first day of her murder trial today.
Lianne Smith, an ex-children’s service manager, has already confessed to killing their two children but is seeking an acquittal on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
She was taken from a Spanish prison this morning, where she has spent the last two years on remand, to attend the three-day hearing in Girona, near Barcelona.
A jury at the Provincial Court will determine whether she is criminally responsible for two counts of murder.
Her lawyer has claimed she was in a state of 'psychiatric disturbance' and suffering insurmountable fear when the tragedy happened.
Prosecutors are seeking a 19-year jail sentence for each murder.
Spanish court documents reveal Smith confessed to police at the scene in front of a lawyer. She confessed again at a court hearing in nearby Blanes in front of investigating magistrate Rafael Fernandez Santiago.
Wearing a dark top, white trousers and sandals, Smith looked haunted and cried today as the court heard the charges she faces.
Mr Pillado Quintas told the jury of three women and eight men: 'You will have to decide whether Lianne Smith knew that she was killing her children and whether she knew it was wrong, or whether she was suffering a mental disease at the time.
'The prosecution says she was not suffering a mental disease.
'You will also have to decide whether she was suffering insurmountable fear when she killed her children.
'To decide on this you will hear evidence from psychiatric experts and the defendant herself, but you will also have to use your common sense.
'Would a person who is afraid of someone hurting her children kill those children? Is this logical?'
Two state doctors have interviewed her several times since her arrest and say they do not believe she suffers from any recognised mental illness.
But they admit her case is complicated and have yet to provide a definitive conclusion to the court.
Miss Smith’s lawyers insist she was not criminally responsible for her actions because she was suffering from mental illness and extreme stress at the time of the murders.
If a jury agree she could be sent to a secure psychiatric unit and will not be released until a judge and doctors agree she is fit enough.
No minimum tariff would be set, meaning she could be freed at any time, and she would have no criminal record.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2161094/Lianne-Smith-trial-British-mother-arrives-court-smothering-2-children.html
June 19th, 2012, 01:00 PM
Stress at the time of the murders does not account for the years she denied her own daughter being abused and turned a blind eye...They should of brought a picture of her husband's d*ck into the court room, I bet she would of stopped crying and perked right up!
June 20th, 2012, 03:41 PM
The British mother on trial in Spain for murdering her two children appeared furious yesterday as DNA tests presented to the court revealed the identity of their father is a mystery.
Lianne Smith claimed the tests must be 'mistaken' after they showed that her partner, TV hypnotist Martin Smith, was not the father of either child.
Rebecca, five, and baby Daniel, 11 months, were suffocated by their mother in a hotel on the Costa Brava in May 2010.
Today a psychiatrist told the court Smith killed her children 'out of love', and had made a pact with her partner - a convicted paedophile who hanged himself earlier this year - that they would kill themselves if ever they were separated.
Mr Smith took his own life in his prison cell in Manchester in January, believing his partner had killed his son and his daughter.
But they were not his, the jury at Girona Provincial Court, in North East Spain was told.
Their mother, 45, insisted the tests must be wrong.
Today forensic psychiatrist Itziar Idiaquez Alberdi told the court: ‘(Lianne Smith) believed the children would be taken away from her (by social services) and institutionalised. For her, this was worse than death.
‘Asked by the prosecutor if Smith could distinguish between good and evil when she killed the children, the psychiatrist replied: ‘She was convinced that it was the best thing she could do.
‘She killed them out of love. She loved the children.’
Prison psychiatrist Harry Barker said Smith viewed the deaths of her two children as ‘an unavoidable catastrophe’.
She suffered from a psychosis that made her lose contact with reality, he told the court.
Smith had asked her five-year-old daughter Rebecca if she would prefer to live ‘a few very happy days with her mother or a long time without her mother’, he told the court.
The girl had apparently answered she wanted to stay with her mother, the psychiatrist said.
After killing the children, Smith cut her wrists and neck and attempted to hang herself.
But forensic doctor Elisabet Vazquez Martinez told the jury Smith´s injuries were ‘very superficial’ and she had not made a serious attempt to kill herself.
The Spanish courtroom had earlier fallen silent as they heard Smith describe how she killed her two children after treating them to a ‘perfect’ beach holiday.
In a video interview with police, Smith demonstrated how she used a plastic shopping bag to suffocate Rebecca and Daniel in their hotel beds.
As Daniel struggled for breath, she drew the bag closed around his neck and ‘did not stop squeezing’ until he was dead, the court heard.
Then she did the same to her daughter before giving her children a cuddle and spending the night beside their bodies.
The interview, which officers recorded in May 2010 in the room next to the one where the killings took place hours earlier, was this week made public for the first time.
Smith, from Lichfield, Staffordshire, showed no emotion as the jury watched it.
Prosecutor Victor Pillado Quintas is pushing for Smith to be jailed for 38 years.
June 20th, 2012, 04:39 PM
that they would kill themselves if ever they were separated.
What is the fucking delay, bitch?
June 21st, 2012, 04:01 PM
British mother Lianne Smith was this evening pronounced guilty of murdering her two children in their Spanish hotel beds.
Smith stared blankly at the floor as the unanimous verdict rang out at Girona Provincial Court, in north-east Spain.
After eight hours' deliberation, the jury foreman said the panel of seven men and two women believed Smith had been 'fully conscious' when she killed Rebecca, five, and baby Daniel, 11 months, that what she was doing was wrong.
They flatly rejected Smith's defence claim she was mentally ill, and pronounced her guilty on both counts of murder.
She now faces a lengthy period behind bars in a Spanish prison.
June 25th, 2012, 02:06 PM
“She looks so cold”: Lianne Smith's son says he will never forgive her
Chris Smith speaks openly about his regret at not seeing the moment his mother was sent down
He says the conviction of his mother brings an end to his “worst nightmare”.
He hasn’t seen or heard from Smith for five years. She turned her back on him in 2007 after his sister Sarah reported Smith’s partner Martin Smith for 11 years of sexual abuse. Lianne has the same surname as the rapist but they never married.
Yesterday in a moving interview with our sister paper the Sunday Mirror, Sarah, 23, said her mother blames her for the misery. But today Chris says it is completely his mother’s fault.
“It is impossible to forgive her,” he says. “What kind of mother chooses a man like him over her children? She turned her back on us then killed my sister and brother. Now she needs to take her punishment.”
Chris was put through a life of misery growing up with Smith and paedophile partner Martin, a former TV psychic who hanged himself this year after being jailed for abusing Sarah.
Chris has followed every moment of his mother’s trial. And he wasn’t surprised when the jury was told DNA test results revealed Smith was NOT the father of Becky or Daniel.
He says his mother worked as a prostitute when he was growing up and may have continued to do so after fleeing to Spain.
Article goes on to reveal much more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lianne-smiths-son-will-never-forgive-938984
June 25th, 2012, 08:16 PM
'Mum killed my sister and brother but in her twisted mind she still blames me': Lianne Smith's surviving daughter breaks silence to say she's glad her mother will die in jailSarah Richardson, 23, waives right to anonymity and reveals how her mother stood by as she suffered 11 years of sexual abuse from step-father
Warped: Lianne Smith in court in Girona, Spain, where she was found guilty of the double murder
The eldest daughter of child killer Lianne Smith has said her 'evil' mother deserves to spend the rest of her life behind bars.
A Spanish court this week found the 45-year-old guilty murdering of her children, 11-month-old Daniel and Rebecca, five, days after her partner was arrested on suspicion of raping Sarah Richardson as a child.
Now Ms Richardson, 23, has told how she cannot bring herself to look at pictures of her mother, who ran away to the Costa Brava with paedophile TV hypnotist Martin Smith.
Now, having waived her right to anonymity, the brave victim has revealed to the Sunday Mirror how her mother holds her responsible for the children's deaths.
Ms Richardson told how she survived 11 years of sickening sexual abuse by her 46-year-old stepfather, who hanged himself in prison in January.
His crimes came to light only after Ms Richardson reported him to the police, fearing her young half-sister might be subjected to the same torture. She even wanted to adopt the girl to save her from their mother's lover - who, DNA evidence shows, wrongly believed the murdered youngsters were his.
Months after Smith suffocated her children, Ms Richardson said, she wrote to a relative to claim her eldest daughter was to blame for the killings. She said she felt relief at this week's conviction as Smith continues to believe her sick partner was innocent.
Speaking out: Sarah Richardson has said that her 'evil' mother deserves to spend the rest of life in prison for the murder of two of her children
June 25th, 2012, 08:21 PM
Sarah is a brave young lady for coming forward to report the partner for what he did to her to hopefully save her little sister. It had to be incredibly hard when her own "mother" didn't believe her and let it go on for 11 years, she had to think that no one would believe her. I hope that she doesn't blame herself in any way for what her mother and the partner did to those babies.
Mom needs a cell and plenty of suicide implements so she can go burn in hell along with her beloved partner and penis.
July 5th, 2012, 04:56 AM
A BRITISH mother who murdered her two children in a Spanish hotel was yesterday jailed for 30 years.
Judge Adolfo Garcia Morales said it was “absolutely clear” the murders in Lloret de Mar were “premeditated” and the kids couldn’t defend themselves. He jailed her for 15 years for each murder.
She is now on suicide watch at a secure psychiatric hospital at a prison near Barcelona.
July 5th, 2012, 03:02 PM
She is now on suicide watch
Let's all watch her commit suicide!
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