In a chilling case that crossed the boundaries between fiction and reality, a 61-year-old woman was found guilty of murdering her love rival, the saga seemingly drawn from the pages of a murder mystery novel. The woman, Sara McKenzie, meticulously planned and executed the murder of her 59-year-old romantic competitor, Joy Boulton, using tactics often depicted in the crime genre she was a fan of. However, an intricate plotline and a calculated cover-up weren't enough to keep her out of the clutches of real-life justice.
The Crime and the Conviction
McKenzie, fuelled by jealousy, launched a 'sustained and ferocious' attack on Boulton at her Surrey home in Ash, on May 11. Using a heavy object, she inflicted fatal injuries that led to Boulton's death. The motive behind the crime was revealed to be McKenzie's unsuccessful attempt to rekindle a relationship with Boulton's fiance, Trevor Dibnah. Faced with rejection, McKenzie resolved to eliminate her romantic adversary, Surrey Police stated.
Unraveling the Cover-up
In her bid to evade the law, McKenzie constructed an 'elaborate cover-up,' claiming to be a victim of a robbery. This, she reasoned, explained the presence of her DNA under Boulton's fingernails. However, detectives saw through the ruse. The DNA evidence, coupled with McKenzie's suspicious behaviour, led to her arrest and subsequent conviction for murder and perverting the course of justice.
A Courtroom Drama
The courtroom drama reached its emotional climax when McKenzie broke down in tears upon hearing the guilty verdict, a poignant moment that underscored the tragic outcome of a romantic entanglement turned deadly. The victim's family expressed their deep devastation, calling the act of violence 'senseless' and saying that it had 'changed their lives forever.'