‘I will never forgive her’ says son of Lianne Smith who murdered her kids in Spanish hotel room
A SON of a British woman, Lianne Smith, who confessed to killing her children in a Spanish hotel room has told how he will never forgive her for her crimes.
The 45 year-old former child protection worker, is facing 34 years in prison after she was found unanimously guilty by a jury of nine at the Provincial Court in Girona last Thursday.
She had admitted to suffocating Rebecca, five and 11-month-old Daniel on May 17, 2010 in the Miramar Hotel, Lloret de Mar, after her long-term partner Martin Smith was arrested on child sex offences.
She was found guilty of their “abominable” murders after the jury rejected calls to acquit on grounds of insanity.
Today, her 21 year-old son, Chris Smith, told of his grief and said he would never forgive his mother for what she did.
Mr Smith, from Newcastle, said the conviction of his mother brings an end to his "worst nightmare".
"I wish I could have been there as justice was done," he told the Daily Mirror.
"Mum looks so cold in the pictures. I wish I had been there to stare into her eyes as the word 'guilty' was announced to see if there was even a flicker of emotion."
He said he hadn't seen his mother Smith for five years after she abandoned him in 2007 after his sister Sarah reported Smith's partner for 11 years of sexual abuse. Lianne Smith has the same surname as the rapist but they never married.
Her son added: "It is impossible to forgive her.
"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."
During the trial, the jury were shown a video of Lianne Smith confessing the crime to police as she sat in the room at the Miramar Hotel where the murders took place.
"I know it's not right taking a life but I felt that I was in a corner. My intention was that my children and me together would go," she said in the video.
She added that she had given the children the "perfect" three-day holiday before she killed them.
"This was the end of the road, I knew my children would be taken back to England," she said.
Smith will serve her sentence in a regular prison somewhere in the province of Catalonia, not in a psychiatric hospital.
She is on suicide watch. She is expected to be sentenced to 34 years in jail at a later date.