Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Murder, Mayhem, Misguided Mercy.

The Lying Eyes case is the weirdest case I've ever followed. I mean I just can't wrap my head around PJ Howard's pleas for leniency. This woman Sharon Collins hired what she thought was a legitimate hit man/contract killer and took out a contract on Mr Howard's life and the LIVES of his two adult sons Robert and Niall Howard. And yet he's up there before the court yesterday pleading for her release.

"The case, however, did not lose its capacity to surprise. Collins's intended victim, Mr Howard and her former husband Noel Collins, took the stand to give their wholehearted support for a caring, supportive, loving woman, backed by a letter from Bishop Willie Walsh questioning the usefulness of a custodial sentence."
"With a rapt court hanging on every syllable, he (Pj Howard) kept reading, mainly to say that Sharon was simply wonderful: "straightforward and honest. . . very loving and giving . . . a decent lady . . . one of the nicest people you could ever have been fortunate to know . . . I will not give up on Sharon and will have no hesitation in living with her again".

Questioning the...? WTF?? This woman, had she succeeded in her cold hearted plan she would have slaughtered three members of one family. She set out and hired a man to eliminate them, and only the greed of her intended hit man- ballsed the plot up. What business does a Bishop have trumpeting her cause. So what if she was 'nice' to people.

'Meanwhile, Tom O'Connell SC for the prosecution read out a statement on behalf of Robert and Niall Howard, in which they said that the "incident" had affected them socially and emotionally. "We believe it has weakened the quality of our relationship with our father."

I'll bet it has, these two men could have been murdered for no other reason other than being the biological sons of a weak deluded man. They stood in the way of Sharon Collins inheriting ALL of Mr Howard's money should he meet an untimely demise. They must be staggered to think that after all her plotting and scheming their father would chose her over them.

At the end of the day this woman has only been sentenced to 6 years, and she's even appealing that. She has admitted nothing and her facade has not cracked. She's sanguine and confident, and I believe Mr Howard has put his life in his hands by being her champion.



Anonymous Ronnie said...

She must have been some great ride.

9:55 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I was thinking something along the same lines myself.

9:57 a.m.  
Anonymous sheepworrier said...

Just looked up a fotie of her there - I'd doubt she was that much of a ride.

10:17 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Ride or not, she has convinced a man she tried to have killed to vouch for her- OVER the clear hurt and objection of his sons- who she also tried to have killed. She's certainly got SOMETHING.

10:21 a.m.  
Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

Honestly, there is nowt as queer as folk.

10:38 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Ain't that the truth. He better be prepared to sleep with one eye open or the rest of his days.

10:52 a.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Haven't paid a blind bit of attention to this but I gather she's been convicted of plotting to off her multi-millionaire husband and his two sons?

Did they constantly leave the seat up?

11:07 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I don't think they were married Conan, but she had high hopes of landing his 60 million. It's like a made for television movie, except for the part where those 3 men might actually have ended up on a mortuary slab.

11:34 a.m.  
Blogger morgor said...

tis a bit weird alright.

If I was his son, I'd be fairly pissed off.

12:00 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

If they're not married she'd have little chance of the dosh. The rellytives would have been well in, will or no will.

I'm sure they drove her to distraction by being terrors for leaving the loo seat up and that's what's behind it all.

12:07 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

That does seem a reasonably reason to slaughter willy nilly Conan. Especially if she fell down said loo anytime during the night.

Morgor, I'd be questioning where his loyalties lay too, unless of course there was an unlowered loo seat involved, then I be questioning whether or not I had brought it on myself.

12:18 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

It doesn't surprise me that he's speaking up for her.
Think of all the women who love murderers or men who beat the snot out of them no matter what.
It can be a self-esteem issue (they don't think they deserve any better), an unwillingness to meet reality (no he/she really did love me), or a bit of hubris thinking the criminal can be saved or redeemed through their love.

1:52 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Hubris or plain cracked? She didn't just try kill him in the heat of the moment, she tried to have him done away with AND his two sons. I'd be thinking 'behind bars=good' on this one.
Anyhoo, nervous?

2:07 p.m.  
Blogger gimme a minute said...

She's not nervous at all.

She's going with blind jinxy optimism. The big jinxer.

2:42 p.m.  
Blogger jothemama said...

My mother in law says she thinks that he's a masochist, and he needs her to be his dominatrix, this explains his forgiveness of her.

2:44 p.m.  
Anonymous beady said...

Just picture the scene...

She'll be there sitting at the table in the clink with yer wan Catherine Nevin, and the Scissors sisters...

Somehow, I don't think it's recipes for fruit scones they'll be swapping...

Take cover lads...!!

4:20 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Eek, Gimmie, don't say that. I've been listening to the build up all day on newstalk, even though I"m NOT a 'merican I'm practically twittering myself.

Jo, I think there could be a sliver of truth to that, because I cannot fathom any other reason.

Beady, somehow I don't see Queen Catherine associating with the riff-raff, even in prison.

4:46 p.m.  
Anonymous problemchildbride said...

People never fail to surprise.

6:07 p.m.  
Blogger laughykate said...

When she's out of the clink, Christmas will be a riot in that house.

7:44 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

LK it will be a very anxious moment when the turkey is being carved, that's for sure.

Sam, as Docky says, nowt as queer as folk.

8:12 p.m.  
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