Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spurned Wife: My Husband Made Me Promise to Kill Myself; ACCUSED IN SALON SHOOTING TELLS OF SUICIDE BIDS AND THREATS TO CHILDREN

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spurned Wife: My Husband Made Me Promise to Kill Myself; ACCUSED IN SALON SHOOTING TELLS OF SUICIDE BIDS AND THREATS TO CHILDREN

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

THE SPURNED wife who shot dead her love rival in a beauty salon broke down in tears at the Old Bailey today as she told how her husband had made her promise to commit suicide.

Rena Salmon, 43, said she made two suicide attempts and even threatened to kill her two children in a suicide pact with hot chocolate laced with morphine because of her torment.

Distraught after discovering her husband Paul's affair, her first attempt had failed when he carried her home and called an ambulance. She spent four days in hospital.

Today, wiping tears from her eyes and sniffing, she described how her husband continued to taunt her about his love for mother-of-two Lorna Stewart, 36, and described her and his mistress's husband as " bloodsucking leeches".

She told the court: "He told me he had made a lot of mistakes in his life but the biggest was calling the paramedics. I started to cry and he said he could see the pain I was in and he would look after the kids and I would be better off if I did it again.

"He said: 'Will you promise me?' I said: "Yes, I promise I will do it today". He asked me if I had the medication and he asked me for a key to the house so he could get in when he came back with the kids.

As he drove off with them, he stopped and said to me: 'Are you definitely going to do it?' I said: "Yeah.' He said: 'Goodbye then, because I will never see you alive again.' The he drove off with the kids."

Salmon said she drove from the family home at Great Shefford, Berks, to Hungerford Common and took an overdose of pills. She sent a text message to her children saying she would "look down on them from heaven". She was found by police and woke up in hospital to be told she had had to be resuscitated.

"I told them I didn't want to live and would do it again. I didn't want to be alive, there was no point," she said. …

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