David Lyons, whose wife (not pictured) has been jailed for attempted murder after attacking him with a hammer
David Lyons, whose wife (not pictured) has been jailed for attempted murder after attacking him with a hammer Rae Wilson

Woman jailed for trying to kill husband with hammer

A SOUTH Burnett woman has been jailed for eight years for smashing a hammer into her husband's head three or four times while he was investigating her gambling debts.

Kay Te Atarangi Lyons, 54, pleaded guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court to attempting to murder husband David instead of facing a second trial over the incident.

She faced a trial last month, after admitting she caused serious harm to her husband but denied she intended to kill him, but the jury could not reach a verdict about her guilt or innocence.

Justice Peter Lyons said on Tuesday the woman's actions had the potential to cause serious consequences and it was fortunate the man did not seem to suffer any lasting injuries.

He said the woman had been assessed as having a personality that was "prone to a sudden snap".

The Crown had argued the trigger for the attack was Mr Lyons learning about an unpaid credit card debt and uncovering lies she had told to delay business debts her gambling had created.

Defence barrister Don MacKenzie submitted there was no "financial catastrophe" to be uncovered when Mr Lyons logged onto their online banking and that to suggest that was the reason for the attack was "speculative".

Lyons was jailed for eight years. She has already served 461 days in custody and will be eligible to apply for parole on June 1, 2016.

-APN NEWSDESK



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