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Woman jailed for husband's murder

Maria Boyne
Boyne was pregnant by her lover at the time of the murder

A woman has been jailed for life for murdering her husband after she was faced with losing their 170,000 family home during a marriage break-up.

Maria Boyne, 30, stabbed her 41-year-old husband Graham 31 times at their home in Barnehurst, south-east London.

An Old Bailey jury found Boyne guilty of murder. Her lover, Gary McGinley, 24, whom she tried to frame for the killing, was cleared of murder.

Boyne was told she would serve a minimum sentence of 24 years.

In the weeks leading up to the murder Boyne told a number of people she wanted her husband, a television repairman, dead so she could live with her new partner in the house in Parkside Avenue.

Bloody chain

Boyne was pregnant by her "naive" lover at the time of the murder, the court heard.

During the trial, Boyne admitted taking a bloody gold chain from her husband's neck after he died and pawning it for 220 to raise money to spend the night in a hotel with her lover.

Victor Temple QC, prosecuting, said Mr Boyne was found naked except for a pair of white socks.

"It was a cold-blooded murder. It was a brutal and sustained attack," he said.

"The marriage was all but over. Divorce was imminent. The only asset was the family home.

"She was heard from time to time to make threats against her husband with regard to her obtaining the house should he die."

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