Jury to deliberate on hammer-attack-on-husband case

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, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder in the Brisbane Supreme Court this week over the attack on her husband at their home near Kingaroy on June 4 last year.

The three day trial has heard the woman had racked up significant gambling debts via a credit card linked to a business the couple owned and operated.

The day before the attack her husband, 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.

Crown Prosecutor Sal Vasta told the jury, during his closing address on Wednesday, the woman's 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," he 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 the woman had only one motive that fateful day.

"She brought that hammer into to 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."

Earlier this week, at the start of the trial, the court heard Mrs Lyons was prepared to plead guilty to committing a malicious act with intent, but the crown rejected the proposal and continued with the attempted murder charge.

The trial before Chief Justice Tim Carmody continues.


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