Sunday 19 November 2017

'I gave children perfect holiday before killing them'

Lianne Smith, the mother who killed her young son and daughter in a Spanish hotel room who will go on trial today. Photo: PA
Lianne Smith, the mother who killed her young son and daughter in a Spanish hotel room who will go on trial today. Photo: PA
Rebecca Smith 5, who along with her 11-month-old brother Daniel, were found dead at the Miramar Hotel in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava in May 2010.

Alex Diaz in Gerona

A mother who suffocated her young son and daughter in a Spanish hotel said she had given them a "perfect holiday" before killing them, a court heard yesterday.

Lianne Smith (45) has admitted smothering Rebecca Smith (5) and 11-month-old Daniel with a plastic bag at the Miramar Hotel in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava in May 2010.

She went on trial yesterday at the Provincial Court in Girona, north-east Spain, so a jury can determine whether she is criminally responsible for the children's deaths.

Her defence team claims she was in a state of "psychiatric disturbance". If found guilty, she faces a total of 38 years in prison.

The killings took place shortly after her partner, Martin Smith, was arrested in Barcelona by Spanish police acting on a European Arrest Warrant.

The family had been living in Spain since 2007 after fleeing Lichfield, Staffordshire, after Lianne's eldest daughter by her first husband accused Mr Smith of sexually abusing her.

After Mr Smith was deported to the UK, Ms Smith became obsessed with the idea that British social services were in Spain to take her children away from her.

The jury were shown a video of a statement she made to police the day after the children died, filmed in a room next to where the killings took place.

In the video, a tearful Ms Smith told police: "I gave my children a three-day holiday, a perfect holiday, we were very, very happy.

"This was the end of the road, I knew my children would be taken back to England."

Irish Independent

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