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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 October 2005, 13:25 GMT 14:25 UK
Wife jailed for hitman death plot
Karen Quinton
Mr Quinton has forgiven his wife, the court heard
A woman who tried to hire a hitman to kill her husband has been jailed for five years.

Karen Quinton, 44, of Willingham, Cambridgeshire, wanted her husband Alan killed after she became besotted with one of his workmates.

Last month she admitted soliciting a hitman - who unknown to her was a police officer - to commit murder.

However, it was revealed in court that Mr Quinton has forgiven his wife and is standing by her.

Defence counsel Michael Hubbard told the judge at London's High Court: "Her husband wants her back - that must be as close to unique in this sort of case as one can find. Her family are forgiving."

If the reconciliation is genuine, you are indeed a fortunate woman
Mr Justice Roderick Evans
Quinton decided to have her husband killed after she became obsessed with 29-year-old Andrew Brett.

He denied any relationship developed between the pair and became concerned that Quinton was trying to conduct an affair.

When she suggested to Mr Brett that she wanted her husband dead, he informed the police who arranged for an undercover officer to pose as a hired killer.

She offered to pay the officer, who called himself Dave, 15,000 of the 250,000 profit she hoped to make on her husband's death.

'Professional killer'

The plan was for Mr Quinton to be run down on a fenland road as he walked his dog, and for it to be made to look like an accident.

John Farmer, for the prosecution, told the court Quinton believed she had been put in touch with a "genuine, professional killer who was prepared to kill her husband".

The judge, Mr Justice Roderick Evans, said the mother-of-two showed a "determination" to go through with the killing.

Speaking about Mr Quinton's forgiveness, the judge said: "Whether it is a result of your manipulation of him I do not know, and cannot comment.

"But if the reconciliation is genuine, you are indeed a fortunate woman."

Jailing Quinton, he said five years was the least he could impose, even in the light of her guilty plea and her husband's forgiveness.

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