Poisoning plotter gets prison term

A "DEVIOUS" woman who drank anti-freeze in a bid to make police think her ex-partner tried to poison her has been jailed for three years.

Leeds Crown Court heard Lyn Susan Taylor, 53, of Bank Avenue, Morley, sought revenge after her relationship with Geoffrey Young ended.

Her plan culminated in her drinking orange juice laced with anti-freeze hoping it would lead to Mr Young being arrested for her attempted murder.

Taylor was jailed after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice.

Prosecuting, Howard Crowson said Taylor arranged for a man to phone a solicitor’s office claiming to be Mr Young making threats towards her before drinking the anti-freeze.

At the time she was on bail for other charges and was living at her husband’s Morley home.

Mr Crowson said: “She visited Morley Police Station and made reference to threats from Mr Young, saying he meant her harm.

“She showed them a threatening letter she claimed to have received with the words cut out from the Rochdale Observer. But she had sent it herself. She then poisoned herself as a final act.”

On November 10, 2008, she went to Mr Young’s Mirfield home, drank the anti-freeze and phoned for an ambulance.

Police found Taylor’s fingerprints on a bottle of anti-freeze along with a DNA sample showing she had drank from the bottle.

But during interviews she continued to blame Mr Young.

He was arrested after Taylor was taken ill and was in custody for 18 hours. He was not released from bail until February 2009.

The court heard 30 police officers were involved in the case. The estimated cost of their investigation was 150,000.

Mitigating, Helen Hendry said Taylor had been declared bankrupt in 2002. She said her client’s plan of poisoning herself was very poor.

“Anti-freeze in the house with her fingerprints on and DNA is not evidence of planning, it is quite feckless,” she said.

Miss Hendry said since being remanded Taylor had taken a course and had become a mentor and counsellor to other inmates.

Taylor also faced a number of charges relating to her obtaining credit after she was declared bankrupt and opening a bank account in another name, which she had admitted previously.

The court heard she showed an interest in taking out a 10,000 bank loan.

She was sentenced to an additional three months for the bank account charge but faced no further penalty for the charges relating to obtaining credit.

Sentencing her, Recorder Paul Kirtley said: “You laid the ground with commendable skill to cause harm to Geoffrey Young – to harm yourself and pass it off as harm from another.

“This is an extremely serious case of abuse of the public justice system. You have been devious.