Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wife Hired Hitman to Kill Internet Tycoon Husband; 'Molyneux Provided a Report on the Material Whereby He Might Kill Her Husband - His Haunts, His Description and the Like'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wife Hired Hitman to Kill Internet Tycoon Husband; 'Molyneux Provided a Report on the Material Whereby He Might Kill Her Husband - His Haunts, His Description and the Like'

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

THE wife of an internet millionaire hired a hitman to kill him for his insurance money after the dotcom crash threatened his fortune, the Old Bailey heard today.

Unfortunately for her, however, the "hitman" Shelley Molyneux instructed was actually an investigative reporter for a national newspaper.

And he informed the police she was planning to murder husband Jon Molyneux, who was the [pound]175,000 a year chief executive of Scoot.com, the internet business directory.

Molyneux provided all the details the bogus hitman - hired for an alleged [pound]20,000 - would need and then left with her new boyfriend on a skiing holiday to the Rockies to establish an alibi.

Arriving back at Gatwick in February, expecting to hear of her husband's demise, she was arrested by the Flying Squad.

Today Molyneux, 41, gripped the bar rail in the dock at the Old Bailey as she pleaded guilty to soliciting for murder.

Judge Paul Focke, who ordered two further charges to be left to lie on the file, refused her bail and she will be sentenced next month.

Mr Molyneux, 41, who is a former managing director of Apple Computers UK, had an estimated personal fortune of [pound]1million when he was Scoot's chief executive.

The Molyneuxes, who had been married for 21 years, enjoyed an enviable lifestyle in a [pound]500,000 house in the stockbroker belt of Romford, Essex, and Mr Molyneux's life was insured for [pound]600,000.

The court heard that mother-offour Molyneux loved her luxuries, which included five foreign holidays a year and expensive cars. But when the internet boom turned to bust, life became more uncertain and Mr Molyneux became a nonexecutive director of their company. The marriage collapsed and bitter divorce proceedings started.

Molyneux hired a private investigator and, in a phone call, told him, "I wish he was dead"- referring to her husband. …

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