Wallsend mum guilty of murders

UK ONLY. AP OUT.'Lianne Smith, 45, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, north-east Spain, so a jury can determine whether she is criminally responsible for her children's deaths, after she admitted suffocating daughter Rebecca Smith, five, and 11-month-old son Daniel with a plastic bag at the Miramar Hotel in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava in May 2010.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 18, 2012. See PA story COURTS Spain. Photo credit should read: Jordi Ribot Punti/ICONNA/PA Wire

UK ONLY. AP OUT.'Lianne Smith, 45, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, north-east Spain, so a jury can determine whether she is criminally responsible for her children's deaths, after she admitted suffocating daughter Rebecca Smith, five, and 11-month-old son Daniel with a plastic bag at the Miramar Hotel in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava in May 2010. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 18, 2012. See PA story COURTS Spain. Photo credit should read: Jordi Ribot Punti/ICONNA/PA Wire

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A WALLSEND mum has been found guilty of murdering her two young children in the hotel room of a Spanish holiday resort.

Lianne Smith suffocated five-year-old Rebecca and 11-month-old Daniel in Lloret de Mar in May 2010.

She admitted murdering the youngsters, claiming she was insane, but the court rejected that defence and found her guilty.

Smith killed her children just a few days after her partner, Martin Smith, was extradited back to Britain to face charges of sexual abuse against one of his partners other daughters from a previous relationship.

The mum thought social services staff would take her children off her following Smith’s deportation, and told psychiatrists she killed them out of love.

Following the trial in Spain, Judge Adolfo Garcia Morales is believed to set to sentence her within the next few weeks.

Prosecutor Victor Pillado Quintas has asked for her to be jailed for a total of 34 years.

Speaking after the case, he said: “Justice has been done. These were abominable crimes.”

He acknowledged she had a pathological emotional dependence and a psychotic disorder with impaired her faculties, but said she was criminally responsible for the deaths.

He said: “I don’t think there is a more abominable act than ending the life of a small child.”

Jenifer Lahoz Abos, defending Smith, asked the judge to consider a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence following the admission.

Lianne and Martin Smith met in North Tyneside in 1992 and shared the same surname but were not married.

They lived in other areas including Cumbria and Staffordshire but left for Spain in 2007 when Martin Smith was accused of sexual abuse against Lianne Smith’s eldest daughter.

When Martin Smith did return to the UK, he was convicted of rape. He was later found hanged in a prison in Manchester.