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Jailed husband killer Crymble banned from funeral of brother

By Deborah McAleese

Jailed husband killer Jacqueline Crymble has been ordered by her family to stay away from her only brother's funeral.

The notorious murderer was hoping to apply for compassionate bail after Stephen Cree died suddenly last week.

But her family contacted the Prison Service to make it clear that she would not be welcome at the Ballyduff man's funeral later this week.

The callous killer's two children have been left devastated by the passing of their uncle, whom they grew close to following their father's murder.

Crymble is serving a 20-year life sentence for killing her husband Paul on Father's Day 2004.

The 44-year-old and her lover Roger Ferguson (40) suffocated the devoted dad-of-two so they could set up a new life together with the almost £300,000 proceeds of an insurance payout.

But they were caught, and Crymble was shunned by family and friends after her conviction.

Stephen, who had been good friends with Paul, never forgave his sister.

Their mother Phyllis has also struggled to come to terms with her daughter's horrific crime.

Just last week Phyllis wrote "Think of you every day Paul xx", underneath a photograph of him on social media.

Crymble's father Ronnie is understood to be the only member of the family to have visited her in prison over the past nine years.

However, his visits have become less frequent.

Tragedy struck the family again last week when Stephen, a married father-of-two, was found dead. His funeral will take place later this week, and it is understood Crymble had hoped to be granted temporary leave to attend.

However, her grieving family have told her not to come near them.

"Her family all loved Paul. He was such a great guy," a friend said.

"Paul was like a brother to Stephen and Stephen couldn't forgive her for what she did. He also loved Paul's two children with Jacqueline and did his best to help them, growing up without their dad.

"They are devastated by his death. All the family are heartbroken.

"The last thing they want is for Jacqueline to turn up and add to their agony. They think the only reason she would want to come would be for a trip out of jail and to cause drama. The family have contacted the prison and made it clear that they don't want her there."

Crymble, who was found guilty of the murder following a lengthy trial in 2007, has served almost half of her sentence in the female prison at Hydebank Wood. Her lover Ferguson is serving a minimum of 18 years for his part in the killing.

Paul was found in the boot of his car with a plastic bag round his neck and his feet and hands bound.

During the trial his wife claimed four masked men broke into the family home in Richhill looking for drugs and money before attacking and kidnapping her 35-year-old husband.

However, she and Ferguson were found guilty by a jury. The trial judge said Crymble was like an "executioner" who had acted "without mercy".

In 2010 Court of Appeal judges dismissed challenges brought by Crymble and Ferguson.

"The last thing they want is for Jacqueline to turn up and add to their agony. The family has contacted the prison and made it clear that they don't want her there

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