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Killers fight sentence, blame femme fatale

AAP logoAAP 13/10/2016 Genevieve Gannon

An ex-stripper who wants her jail time cut for ordering the cold-blooded contract killing of her fiance is now charged with murdering another man she had promised to marry.

Robyn Jane Lindholm, who admitted her role in Wayne Amey's violent 2013 death, is accused of killing another fiance, George Templeton, who disappeared from the Reservoir home the pair shared in May 2005.

Lindholm launched an application to appeal against her sentence for Mr Amey's death on Thursday, the day after she appeared via videolink in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on a charge of murdering Mr Templeton.

Police allege she killed Mr Templeton, a father to a then-teenager, between May 2 and May 3, 2005.

The two men who carried out the murder of Mr Amey are also seeking to have their jail time cut, saying the victim would still be alive were it not for Lindholm's "wicked design".

Lindholm, who reportedly also dated late gangland figure Alphonse Gangitano, was last year jailed for 25 years with a minimum of 21 for ordering the murder of Mr Amey.

Her lover, Torsten Trabert - who the Victorian Court of Appeal described as being motivated by "an obsessive lust" - was jailed for 28 years, after being granted a discount for leading police to the body.

Mr Amey's body was wedged between boulders at Mt Korong in central Victorian, and Adam Chernok, for Trabert, argued on Thursday that without his client's help, police may have had a much more difficult case to prove.

Had the body not been discovered, Lindholm may not have pleaded guilty, Mr Chernok said.

The other man John Anthony Ryan, was ordered to serve 31 years with a minimum of 26.

At the appeal hearing, during which all three co-accused argued that the sentencing judge had been too harsh, the men's barristers said Lindholm bore the greatest moral culpability for the murder.

"The killing of Wayne Amey is Robyn Lindholm's wicked design," Mr Chernok said.

"The one person the killing wouldn't have taken place without is Robyn Lindholm," David Hallowes, for Ryan, said.

Mr Chernok said Trabert was motivated by sex and was not given enough credit for the assistance he provided investigators.

"Mr Trabert is led by his nose or another part of his anatomy as it were," Mr Chernok said.

Mr Hallowes argued Lindholm had "harboured murderous intention for a considerable amount of time" and Ryan had become involved relatively late in the plot.

"The plan for the killing was in existence prior to Mr Ryan's involvement."

Scott Johns, for Lindholm, said her sentence was outside the range, given she pleaded guilty.

The court, which must decide whether to allow the appeal, noted Lindholm had tried to enlist two other men to kill Mr Amey before successfully recruiting Trabert and Ryan.

Senior Crown prosector Douglas Trapnell QC said each bore equal responsibility for killing the Hawthorn father and gym owner, but for different reasons.

Lindholm is due to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court for a committal hearing in 2017 over the death of Mr Templeton.

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