Sunday, 21 January 2007

The murder of Lorna Stewart

On 10 September 2002, Lorna Stewart was murdered at her west London beauty salon in Chiswick, West London.

Rena Salmon's mother was a prostitute, her father, Tathar Uddin, was Bangladeshi. He disappeared before Salmon was born.

In court, Salmon's sister, Sabeya Uddin, said that their mother had called them 'little black bastards' and scrubbed them with bleach when they were children.

At thirteen Salmon was boasting about her sexual exploits and her teachers described her as 'wild.' A school friend said:

"If anyone crossed her she would take revenge without any thought for the consequences."
Salmon, who met her husband Paul whilst they were serving in the Army, became friends with Lorna and her husband after they moved to Great Shefford. After a while Paul and Lorna began an affair and set up home together.

After she realised Paul would not be coming back, Salmon took morphine and washed it down with a bottle of port. She threw the empty bottle through Lorna's window before passing out.

On one occasion, she even tried to persuade her children, who were both under 14 at the time, to agree to a suicide pact.

Nnumerous threats were made against Lorna, she was physically assaulted and Salmon's car was seen parked outside her salon up to three times a week. In May 2001 it burned down. Salmon was the chief suspect but nothing was ever proved.

Three days before her death, Lorna told Salmon that she and Paul were getting married and intended to have children.

The jury at Salmon's trial heard how she took her husband's shotgun to Lorna's beauty salon and in a fit of 'anger and revenge,' shot her twice in the lower abdomen. Lorna died almost immediately. The child she was carrying was also killed.

Peter Clarke QC suggested Salmon was as 'cool as a cucumber' when she murdered Lorna and accused her of exaggerating her past for the psychiatrists. He said:

"I suggest you have gone back to your childhood to find an excuse for your filthy temper."
Salmon was, subsequently, jailed for life.

Her niece, Saedia Bibi, said:

"We had thought that things were looking good for her. We knew she would be found guilty, but thought she might have been convicted of manslaughter. She will not be able cope with this sentence."
Rena Salmon's nephew, Imtiaz Hussain, the son of Sabeya Uddin, had previously been handed a life sentence for the murder of Iain McKay.

Lorna is pictured below alongside the woman who murdered her:

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