A MUM who goaded her jealous lover into killing a man by sending a photo of her performing a sex act on the victim has been caged.
Sarah Bramley, 29, revelled in the drama of having violent David Saunders and Michael Lawson vying for her attention at a time when she had “lost her moral compass”, Teesside Crown Court heard.
In the early hours of July 1 last year, shortly after receiving the photo, Saunders stabbed father-of-one Mr Lawson through the heart after Bramley had turfed him out of her Darlington home.
Both Bramley and Saunders were drinking as they exchanged unpleasant texts that night and into the early hours, and Saunders threatened to go round to attack Mr Lawson.
The argument continued and he sent a female friend of Bramley – who was with her at the time – a video of him and his ex having sex.
Bramley responded by sending him a photo of her performing oral sex on Mr Lawson taken that night, causing Saunders to become enraged and he got a taxi close to her home.
He arrived a short time after Bramley had got Mr Lawson out of her house and he was stabbed following a short chase.
Bramley had sent a text at around 3.30am telling Saunders his rival was outside and “feel free to smack the c***”.
She was later to tell the police she turfed Mr Lawson out because she feared what would happen if Saunders came to her house.
Within days she left to go to Australia and was arrested on her return to the UK in March.
The pregnant mother-of-two was today jailed for four months after she admitted encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence.
The guilty plea was on the basis she thought Saunders would assault Mr Lawson.
In December, Saunders was jailed for life at Teesside Crown Court with a minimum term of 22-and-a-half years, after he admitted murder.
Nick Dry, prosecuting, said: “It was never the Crown’s case that Bramley had intended or encouraged that tragic outcome, rather that messages had contributed to the chain of events which ultimately led him to do as he did.”
It was the culmination of a love rivalry with Bramley in an on-off relationship with both men for several months, the court heard.
Mr Dry said: “She continued to see Saunders despite her gaining a non-molestation order against him, and knowing he was capable of violence.
“Their text messages revealed a love-hate relationship involving sexually explicit messages of love mixed with highly offensive personal abuse.
“At the same time she continued to see Michael Lawson, a kind, mild-mannered man with whom she had previously holidayed abroad with.
“Bramley declared her love to Saunders and then revealed she had recently slept with Mr Lawson.
“She appeared to revel in the drama and attention of the situation.”
Robert Newcombe, defending, said: “Miss Bramley had lost her moral compass at the time she was affected by substance abuse and alcoholism.”
He made an apology on her behalf to the court and to Mr Lawson’s family, who sat in the public gallery.
Judge Stephen Ashurst said: “Although you did not contemplate that Saunders would go on to kill Michael Lawson, I take the view it is hard to conceive a more serious case of encouraging the commission of a commons assault.”
He noted that the sexual contact between Bramley and Mr Lawson and the messages she sent Saunders that night were done when her two young sons were in the property.
Outside court, Mr Lawson’s uncle, Ray Scaife, said: “She knew what she was doing, she wound that guy up, knowing that he was violent.
“At the very least she knew Michael was going to get a good hiding.”