Murder, Mayhem, Misguided Mercy.
"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.