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"Orgy of violence" murder co-accused 'kept a "revealing" diary while plotting death of mum-of-three Sadie Hartley'

Mirror Mirror 5/07/2016 By John Shammas

Sarah Williams Sarah Williams An accused murderer kept a diary plotting the death of a pal's love rival for months - detailing her excitement, and dubbing the victim a "totally evil b****", a court was told.

Katrina Walsh is accused of plotting the murder of 60-year-old Sadie Hartley alongside Sarah Williams.

A court heard this morning how Williams, 35, shot "decent, hard-working" businesswoman Sadie in the head with a stun gun on the doorstep of her £500,000 home in the village of Helmshore, Lancashire.

Williams then stabbed and slashed the mother-of-two 40 times in an "orgy of violence", Preston Crown Court heard.

Police and CSI officers outside the home of murder victim Sadie Hartley on Sunny Bank Road in Helmshore © Provided by Mirror Police and CSI officers outside the home of murder victim Sadie Hartley on Sunny Bank Road in Helmshore The prosecution claim that she also recruited Walsh, 56, also from Chester, to help her with the "murderous mission".

Walsh kept a diary, the court heard.

Prosecutors read extracts from the diary, which dubbed Sadie a "totally evil b****".

In one entry, Walsh is alleged to have written: "We’re also seriously talking of getting rid of her opponent. I agree is probably a good play."

Sadie Hartley, 60, was killed in her own home © Provided by Mirror Sadie Hartley, 60, was killed in her own home

Another entry read to jury said: "Wow, I may get to be instrumental in helping remove the awful woman! This may happen! Wow.

"Am unexpectedly excited by it! Was so buzzing so much I needed a Southern Comfort to wind down a bit."

Prosecutors claim another diary entry refers to Walsh considering leaving an Islamic State flag at the scene in a bid to distract police officers and mislead their investigation.

<span style="color:#666666;font-family:'Segoe UI', 'Segoe WP', Arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:17.992px;">&nbsp;Ian Johnston with his partner Sadie Hartley who was who was stabbed to death at her home</span> © Provided by Mirror  Ian Johnston with his partner Sadie Hartley who was who was stabbed to death at her home

The court heard how Walsh said she would have to train Sarah to ride a bike and "maybe make an ISIS flag to mislead the investigation".

Williams, who denies murder, had been in a past relationship with Ian Johnston, 57, Ms Hartley's partner, who was out of the country at the time of the attack.

He had ended the relationship with Williams after she became "possessive and difficult" John McDermott, opening the case for the prosecution, told the jury.

"Obsessed" Williams "set her mind" to rekindle the relationship - but Ms Hartley, who owned a medical communications business, was the "obstacle".

Katrina Walsh, on the far right © Provided by Mirror Katrina Walsh, on the far right At just after 8pm on January 14 this year, Ms Hartley received an unexpected knock at the door to her home, on an upmarket road in the rural Lancashire village.

"What happened next is truly shocking," Mr McDermott continued.

"Sarah Williams stood on the doorstep. As soon as the door was opened we suggest she lunged at Sadie Hartley with of all things a stun gun - the sort of thing you might use legitimately to prod cattle.

"She pressed it against her - Sadie Hartley's head - and incapacitated her.

Katrina Walsh (inside van) © Provided by Mirror Katrina Walsh (inside van) "Then with what can only be described as almost demonic savagery, she attacked her with a knife.

"She stabbed and slashed at this unfortunate woman; blow after blow, causing appalling and fatal injuries."

Williams and Walsh are both charged with the murder of businesswoman Sadie in January this year.

The trial continues.

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