Wife awaits jury decision over hammer attack on husband
A JURY will continue deliberating today on whether a woman intended to kill her husband when she repeatedly hit him in the head with a hammer shouting "die, die, die" in their Wattle Camp home.
Kay Te Atarangi Lyons, 54 at the time, is accused of attacking her husband David, then 67, on June 4 last year after he discovered the debts she had racked up and that she lied about losing their daughter to further delay debts they owed through their cleaning business.
Chief Justice Tim Carmody told the jury they must remove emotion from their discussion about her guilt or innocence before they began deliberations at noon on Thursday.
The accused woman did plead guilty to a lesser charge of malicious act with intent but the Crown rejected the plea.
The Crown argues the attack was cold, calculated and premeditated; that Mrs Lyons had every intention of killing her husband.
Mrs Lyons allegedly told her husband she had called an ambulance but records show that call was never made.
The Crown told the jury she stalked her husband around their property until he managed to flag down neighbours.
Mr Lyons ended up in Princess Alexandra Hospital with skull fractures.