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Life for killer mother and daughter

A retired tax inspector has been jailed for life for murdering her husband who disappeared without trace 11 years ago.

Shirley Banfield, 64, enlisted the help of their daughter Lynette, 40, to dispose of bookmaker Don Banfield, 63.

Both women were given life sentences at the Old Bailey after being found guilty of murder.

Shirley was told she would serve at least 18 years and Lynette was given a 16-year minimum term.

They killed Mr Banfield, who planned to start a new life without them, in order to get his retirement nest egg.

The women were led away still keeping secret what they did with Mr Banfield's body.

Kay Hackett, Mr Banfield's sister, said in a statement to the court: "Years of not knowing where Don was and then discovering the people closest to him had done such a wicked thing was unimaginable."

A jury found both women guilty of murder by a 10-1 majority. They had kept Mr Banfield's share of the £120,000 profit from the sale of the property in Locket Road, Wealdstone, north west London.

Shirley and Lynette, of Ashford Road, Canterbury, Kent, pleaded guilty to charges involving plundering £64,000 from Mr Banfield's pension funds by pretending he was still alive.

They were jailed for 42 months each, concurrently to the life sentence, for the dishonesty and perverting justice.

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