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“I put a bag on his head and held him until he died”: Mother shows court how she suffocated baby son and his sister, five, in Spanish hotel room as she feared social services were going to take them awayLianne Smith “suffocated children Rebecca, five, and Daniel, 11 months””Used plastic bag days after partner arrested on paedophilia charges”Court shown video of mother calmly explaining how suffocated children
Martin Smith later found hanged while serving 16 years for rape, attempted rape and indecent assault
A Spanish courtroom fell silent yesterday as a British mother described calmly how she killed her two children after treating them to a ‘perfect’ beach holiday.
In a video interview with police, Lianne Smith demonstrated how she used a plastic shopping bag to suffocate Rebecca, five, and 11-month-old Daniel in their hotel beds on the Costa Brava.
As Daniel struggled for breath, she drew the bag closed around his neck and ‘did not stop squeezing’ until he was dead, Girona provincial court in north-east Spain heard.
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Calm: In a video interview with police shown in court, Lianne Smith demonstrated how she used a plastic shopping bag to suffocate Rebecca, five, and 11-month-old Daniel in their hotel beds on the Costa Brava
Lianne Smith”s daughter Rebecca, the weekend before she was killed.
Charges: Miss Smith, who is originally from Lichfield, in Staffordshire, is accused of killing the youngsters in their sleep after booking into the hotel before spending the night with their bodies
Then she did the same to her daughter before giving her children a cuddle and spending the night beside their bodies.
She said she tried to kill herself before telling the hotel receptionist to summon police.
The interview officers recorded in May 2010 in the room next to the one where the killings took place hours earlier was made public for the first time yesterday.
Smith, 45, from Lichfield, Staffordshire, showed no emotion as the jury watched it.
Proceedings: Miss Smith said in the video that she tried to kill herself before telling the hotel receptionist to summon police
Asked what she had done by police Miss Smith replied matter-of-factly: “I ended the lives of my two children”
She is asked what she had done and replied matter-of-factly: ‘I ended the lives of mytwo children. Then I lay in the bed beside them, I gave them a cuddle.
“Italked to them until about 9 o’clock then I went into the bathroom.’ Using her hands, she demonstrated how the shopping bag had covered the mouths and noses of the youngsters.
THE TV PSYCHIC PAEDOPHILE WHO TRIED TO HYPNOTISE HIS VICTIM
Martin Smith, who once appeared on Living TV’s Most Haunted show, was jailed for 16 years having been found guilty on 11 counts of rape, attempted rape, indecency with a child and indecent assault.
At his trial in 2010, the court heard how he used violence and hypnotism to abuse his victim for almost a decade, starting in May 1995 when she was seven. What could not be reported at the time was that his victim was none other than Sarah, Lianne Smith”s own daughter.
Sarah later waived her right to anonymity to tell the disturbing story of how her “controlling” stepfather was a ruthless abuser who turned her mother into a stranger. /06/18/article-0-13AA7E62000005DC-376_634x503.jpg” width=”634″ height=”503″ alt=”Prosecution witnesses include two members of hotel staff – a cleaner and a receptionist – and nine police officers who saw Miss Smith at the scene where the children were killed.” class=”blkBorder” />
Prosecution witnesses include two members of hotel staff – a cleaner and a receptionist – and nine police officers who saw Miss Smith at the scene where the children were killed
The prosecutor said that at 1.30pm the following day, Smith went to the Miramar”s reception and asked for the police and an ambulance to be called.
Mr Pillado Quintas told the jury of three women and eight men: “You will have to decide whether Lianne Smith knew that she was killing her children and whether she knew it was wrong, or whether she was suffering a mental disease at the time.
“The prosecution says she was not suffering a mental disease. You will also have to decide whether she was suffering insurmountable fear when she killed her children.
“To decide on this you will hear evidence from psychiatric experts and the defendant herself, but you will also have to use your common sense.
“Would a person who is afraid of someone hurting her children kill those children Is this logical”
Miss Smith refused to answer more than 100 questions from the prosecutor, but spent five minutes answering questions from her defence lawyer Jenifer Lahoz Abos.
She wept as she told the jury: “I love my children.” Miss Lahoz Abos said her client admitted killing but called for her to be acquitted on mental health grounds.
Martin Smith, 46, (left) was discovered in his cell by wardens at Strangeways prison. Rebecca, five, along with her 11-month-old brother Daniel, were found dead at the Miramar Hotel in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava
She said Miss Smith had had “an absolute emotional dependence” on Martin Smith, with whom she shared a surname although they never married.
Martin Smith was convicted of repeatedly raping Lianne Smith’s daughter from a previous relationship, Sarah Richardson, when she was a child.
Sarah, now 24, waived her anonymity after Smith was jailed last year in Manchester. He hanged himself in prison last January.
Miss Lahoz Abos added: “The defendant came to Spain fleeing the British judicial authorities and social services because her husband Martin was accused of sexually abusing another daughter she had from an earlier marriage, which they considered a totally false accusation.
“In Barcelona, Lianne not only took care of her children but was also the only member of the family who worked. She worked as an English teacher and was the family”s only breadwinner.”
Ms Lahoz Abos said that after Martin”s arrest, Smith felt “persecuted, hounded and threatened”.
Lianne Smith, pictured with her son Daniel, has been placed on suicide watch after learning of her partner”s hanging in prison
She said: “She tried to carry on in this state of psychological instability, going back to work and hiring a girl to look after the children.
“But on May 15 she went out shopping early in the morning with both the children and saw two people in a car who she later saw walking down the street.
“She felt observed and threatened and made a clean break with reality and thought she was being chased by the two people, who she thought could be members of the British social services.
“She thought they were going to come and take her children away and give them to other families in adoption, so she started to run when someone, who may have been a journalist, asked her if she was the woman with two children whose husband had been arrested.
“At this moment she entered a state of panic and lost contact with reality, interpreting events in a totally distorted manner, with delirious beliefs that she was in danger and there was a serious threat to her life and that of her children.”
Gathering baby bottles, food and clothes, Lianne took the children to Lloret de Mar.
The Barcelona apartment block where Lianne Smith lived with her husband Martin Smith, before his arrest
Ms Lahoz Abos added: “It was the only other place she knew in Catalonia because that is where she and Martin had gone when they first arrived from England, so she withdrew money and went there to hide with her children.
“After spending two days at the Miramar Hotel, and not seeing any way out for them, she decided to end their lives.
“At 1.30pm the next day, after failing in her attempts to commit suicide and still finding herself in a different psychological reality, she went to the Miramar”s reception and asked for the police and an ambulance to be called, and confessed what had happened.”
Lianne and Martin Smith, who were not married but shared the same surname, first met in October 1992 through a dating agency.
Smith was going through a divorce from her first husband at the time and was then living in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear.
Martin Smith, originally from North Shields, had been a singer in a band in clubs in the North East before working as a TV psychic.
The couple lived together in Cumbria and in 2007 they moved to Lichfield, Staffordshire, but only stayed there for a few months before fleeing to Spain with Rebecca.
Daniel was born in Spain in June 2009. The court yesterday heard that it was not clear who was the father of Rebecca and Daniel. The trial continues.
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