Blackpool mum jailed for killing her kids

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A FORMER Blackpool woman who murdered her young son and daughter in a Spanish hotel room has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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

Lianne Smith, 45, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, north-east Spain

Lianne Smith, 45, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, north-east Spain

In a written sentence, issued last night, Judge Adolfo Garcia Morales jailed Smith (right) for 15 years for each of the murders.

It comes after a jury at the Provincial Court in Girona, north east Spain, decided last month Smith was criminally responsible for the children’s deaths.

Her defence sought an acquittal, claiming she was in a state of “psychiatric disturbance” when the tragedy happened.

Judge Garcia Morales said he was imposing the minimum sentence for murder because he considered that, although responsible for her actions, Smith was suffering a degree of “mental disturbance” when she committed the crimes.

He wrote: “The jury stressed this mental disturbance was not as important as the defence had argued.

“This was based on facts such as several suicide attempts made by Smith and a statement she gave during which she appeared normal and did not make any significant mistakes as she described what had happened and how it happened.”

Smith, a former Lancashire County Council worker, previously lived in both Springfield Drive, Thornton, and Milbourne Street, Blackpool.

Daniel and Blackpool-born Rebecca were murdered shortly after Smith’s partner, paedophile Martin Smith, was arrested in Barcelona by Spanish police acting on a European Arrest Warrant.

She became convinced the British authorities would come and take her children off her.

After killing her children Smith then attempted to end her own life by cutting herself with razors, covering her head with a plastic bag and hanging herself.

n In December 2010, Martin Smith was found guilty of using hypnotism, bullying and violence to groom and sexually abuse a young girl.

He was found hanged in his cell at Strangeways Prison in Manchester in January.