Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Love Burns

A teenager was tied to a tree and forced to drink petrol before being doused in the liquid and set alight by two love rivals.
Simon Everitt, 17 (last photo), was bundled into the boot of a car and driven to secluded woodland where he was lynched by Jimi-Lee Stewart, 24, (third photo) and Jonathan Clarke, 19 (second photo).

All three men had been sleeping with the same married woman, 19-year-old brunette Fiona Lysaght (above, first photo), who, a court heard, had 'played the boys off against each other'.
During a period of a few months she slept with all three of them, sometimes 'cheating on one with another', causing tensions to boil.
Stewart and Clarke, who are now 25 and 20 respectively, were yesterday convicted of murder.
During the four-week trial, the jury heard the slaying was inspired by the spoof British horror movie Severance, in which a woman is bound to a tree and turned into a human torch.
An accomplice, Maria Chandler, 40, who drove the men to the murder scene in Mautby, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, was also found guilty of murder.
At the opening of the trial at Norwich Crown Court, prosecutor Karim Khalil QC said: 'This case will demonstrate the grotesque brutality that people can inflict on one another in the name of sexual jealousy and warped allegiance to one another.'
The jury heard how Fiona Lysaght, who is now 20, married Dale Statham in June 2007.
The couple separated three months later, triggering the complex relationship with the three men that lasted for nine months.
During the trial, she admitted 'jumping back and forth from one to the other'.
Lysaght, who has reverted to her maiden name after divorcing Mr, Statham, said Simon proposed to her on Valentine's Day but she split up with him a week later and started seeing laborer Stewart.
She ended this relationship by text message on June 7 and within hours had 'got back together again' with Simon.
That night, Simon, who had left home after a series of arguments with his parents and lived alone in Great Yarmouth, was lured to a layby by his 'friends' and bundled into the boot of Chandler's car.
Mr Khalil said: 'Petrol was poured onto him and into his throat. He was then set on fire whilst tied to that tree.
'The rope burned through. He was still alive. He stepped from the tree a short distance, still alight, and fell over, dead.
Source: Daily Mail

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