Woman sends jealous ex-boyfriend explicit photo of her having sex with lover and drives him to murder the man
29-year-old Sarah Bramley pleaded guilty to encouraging or assisting the commission of an offense and is facing up to six months in prison
A woman admitted that she sent a very racy and intimate picture of herself having sex with another man to her ex-boyfriend who went on to murder the man in a jealous rage. 29-year-old Sarah Bramley pleaded guilty to encouraging or assisting the commission of an offense at the Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday.
Bramley sent her ex-boyfriend, 33-year-old David Saunders, a picture of her having intercourse with Michael Lawson who is 34 years old. It is believed that Bramley had sent Saunders the picture thinking he would carry out common assault and not murder. However, on July 1 last year, Saunders received the photograph and shortly after decided to stab Lawson through the heart.
Saunders was then sent to prison for life at the Teesside Crown Court with a minimum sentence of 22 and a half years after he admitted to killing Michael Lawson. As reported by Mirror, at the time, judge Stephen Ashurst said, "Jealousy was very much at the heart of your behavior. Ultimately, a life was needlessly lost because of a loss of control". Sarah Bramley was granted bail and will be sentenced in October at the same court.
Mother, 29, admits inciting boyfriend's murder: Sarah Bramley, 29, sent a picture of herself performing a sex act on Michael Lawson, 34, to her former partner David Saunders, 34, who then stabbed Mr Lawson in Darlington. https://t.co/W5KRi6h4G9 pic.twitter.com/ejbDGg0P4h— Patrick (@cahulaan) September 13, 2018
The court was made aware that Saunders was tipped "over the edge" by the graphic nature of the explicit image. He began to threaten Bramley and Lawson and she responded to that by texting: "He is twice your size, maybe Davey Saunders might actually get a bat", the trial heard last year.
Saunders forwarded the image to his friend Claire Richards and said, "I was upset, really upset and angry. I loved her, it was not nice to see that. I felt angry".
Judge Stephen Ashurst also ruled that Bramley's actions had "a very important bearing" on what Saunders did. However, Bramley was not on trial last year and had gone to Australia shortly after the killing with the police having full knowledge of her actions.
Bramley was held only after re-entering the UK earlier this year and appeared in court after being charged. She shared that she expected a minor assault but not murder.
She also pleaded guilty saying that she did not intend Saunder's to commit the murder. Bramley's lawyer Robert Newcombe said, "My client has indicated that she pleads guilty on the basis of incitement to cause common assault". The prosecutor Nick Dry was asked by the judge, "This is notwithstanding the fact she knew Saunders had a reputation for violence and that he carried weapons?" to which Nick answered, "We have come to the conclusion that she did not intend to happen what in fact did happen". Bramley is facing a sentence of up to six months in prison.
Last December, judge Ashurst rejected Saunder's defense that it was not his intention to murder Lawson. The court heard that Ashurst had carried a kitchen knife to deliver one single fatal stab to Lawson's heart. During the court hearing, it was also revealed that, after performing the sex act on Lawson, Bramley sent the picture and then slapped Lawson asking him to leave the house.
She then allegedly sent a text message to Saunders saying, "I have just smashed the lad clean in the face because he wouldn't go home. What have I got myself involved with?" She also allegedly added, "He is outside the house, feel free to smack the c***".
After the hearing, Lawson's mother Anne Satterthwaite shared, "The outcome ultimately changes nothing for our family. Nothing will bring Michael [Lawson] back or take away the pain of his loss. His son will always be missing his daddy. However, we needed justice for him and though the murderer has been brought to justice the instigator has not. The trial has only confirmed what we knew — Michael was an innocent victim".
Judge Stephen also told Saunders, "I am absolutely certain that photographic image was sent by her to wind you up. There is clearly no doubt she succeeded".