Jury to decide fate of attempted murder accused
A SOUTH Burnett woman faces an anxious wait with a jury expected to begin their deliberations today to determine whether she is guilty of trying to kill her husband of more than three decades with a hammer.
Kay Te Atarangi Lyons, 54, has pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to attempted murder over the attack on her husband at their home near Kingaroy on June 4 last year.
The three-day trial has heard Mrs Lyons had racked up significant gambling debts using a credit card linked to a business the couple owned and operated.
The day before the attack David Lyons discovered his wife had lied to one of their customers about losing their daughter in a bid to further delay payment of an outstanding bill which was more than three months overdue.
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During his closing address yesterday, Crown Prosecutor Sal Vasta told the jury Mrs Lyons' attack on her husband was cold, calculated and premeditated.
He said she had every intention of killing her husband because he had discovered the debts she had racked up.
"She saw him sitting at the computer in the study and by her own admissions to police she knew her husband was about to start looking through their finances," Mr Vasta said.
"She went to the shed and grabbed a hammer before returning to the study.
"She struck her husband across the head with that hammer which smashed his skull in.
"She hit him so hard his brain was exposed."
Mr Vasta said Mrs Lyons had only one motive that fateful day.
"She brought that hammer into the house because she knew she was going to use it," he said.
"The attack was calculated and premeditated.
"She knew she was going to use that hammer in an attempt to end her husband's life."
At the start of the trial, the court heard Mrs Lyons was prepared to plead guilty to committing a malicious act with intent.
However, the crown rejected the proposal and continued with the attempted murder charge.
The trial before Chief Justice Tim Carmody continues.