Mother Of Two Stun Gunned And Stabbed 40 Times By Boyfriend’s Jealous Ex

Two English women are accused of plotting the murder of one of their romantic rivals. 

By Benjamin H. Smith

Prosecutor’s are painting a grisly, violent picture in the murder trial of Sarah Williams, 35, of Chester, England. She is accused of the murder of Sadie Hartley, 60, who police say Williams paralyzed with a stun gun before stabbing her over 40 times. Williams is on trial along with her alleged accomplice, Katrina Walsh, 56. As is so often the case, romantic infatuation and rejection led to cold, calculated murder.


Co-workers say Sarah Williams was obsessed with former flame Ian Johnston, 57, who was a regular at the Manchester indoor ski slope where Williams office was also located. Williams thought Johnston was the key to living happy ever after, however when the elder paramour broke up with her for being too possessive, she became unhinged. After Johnston began dating Sadie Hartley, a mother of two, Williams enlisted Walsh in her plan to murder Hartley in the hopes of reuniting with Johnston, with whom she was obsessed.

After 17 months of planning, the murderous pair drove to Sadie Hartley’s house in Lancashire and stun gunned her when she opened the door. Then prosecutor’s claim Sarah Williams stabbed the successful businesswoman over 40 times. Ian Johnston was out of the country at the time of the murder. Both women deny their complicity in the murder and apparently blame each other for committing the crime.




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