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"She looks so cold": Lianne Smith's son says he will never forgive her for murdering his brother and sister


Chris Smith speaks openly about his regret at not seeing the moment his mother was sent down

Nightmare: Chris Smith hoped to one day bring up his sister Rebecca
Nightmare: Chris Smith hoped to one day bring up his sister Rebecca
Sunday Mirror/Philip Coburn

The son of child killer Lianne Smith says he will never forgive her for murdering two of his siblings.

Chris Smith says his mother "fully deserves" the 34 years in prison she faces for smothering half-sister Rebecca, five, and 11-month-old half-brother Daniel with a plastic bag.

A jury in Spain last week found her guilty of killing the children as they slept in a hotel room in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava.

And in an exclusive interview, Chris, 21, from Newcastle, reveals he bitterly regrets not being in court to see her jailed.

"I wish I could have been there as justice was done," Chris says. "Mum looks so cold in the pictures. I wish I had been there to stare into her eyes as the word 'guilty' was announced to see if there was even a flicker of emotion."

Chris was unable to attend the trial because he is currently completing an apprenticeship in his home city.

He says the conviction of his mother brings an end to his "worst nightmare".

Lianne Smith, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, northeast Spain
Face of a killer: Lianne Smith, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, northeast Spain

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He hasn't seen or heard from Smith for five years. She turned her back on him in 2007 after his sister Sarah reported Smith's partner Martin Smith for 11 years of sexual abuse. Lianne has the same surname as the rapist but they never married.

Yesterday in a moving interview with our sister paper the Sunday Mirror, Sarah, 23, said her mother blames her for the misery. But today Chris says it is completely his mother's fault.

"It is impossible to forgive her," he says. "What kind of mother chooses a man like him over her children? She turned her back on us then killed my sister and brother. Now she needs to take her punishment."

Chris was put through a life of misery growing up with Smith and paedophile partner Martin, a former TV psychic who hanged himself this year after being jailed for abusing Sarah.

"We did all the housework," Chris says. "We cooked, cleaned and tried to make sure everything was right.

"It was important to never give him any reason to get angry. He'd hit me all the time. But Mum never stopped him. If we complained, he just said it was our fault. He would hit us in the body so when we went to school no one could see the bruises.

"Once he threw me across the room and left me with a black eye. Mum didn't say a word."

Chris has followed every moment of his mother's trial. And he wasn't surprised when the jury was told DNA test results revealed Smith was NOT the father of Becky or Daniel.


Chris Smith speaks openly about his regret at not seeing the moment his mother was sent down

Nightmare: Chris Smith hoped to one day bring up his sister Rebecca
Nightmare: Chris Smith hoped to one day bring up his sister Rebecca
Sunday Mirror/Philip Coburn

The son of child killer Lianne Smith says he will never forgive her for murdering two of his siblings.

Chris Smith says his mother "fully deserves" the 34 years in prison she faces for smothering half-sister Rebecca, five, and 11-month-old half-brother Daniel with a plastic bag.

A jury in Spain last week found her guilty of killing the children as they slept in a hotel room in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava.

And in an exclusive interview, Chris, 21, from Newcastle, reveals he bitterly regrets not being in court to see her jailed.

"I wish I could have been there as justice was done," Chris says. "Mum looks so cold in the pictures. I wish I had been there to stare into her eyes as the word 'guilty' was announced to see if there was even a flicker of emotion."

Chris was unable to attend the trial because he is currently completing an apprenticeship in his home city.

He says the conviction of his mother brings an end to his "worst nightmare".

Lianne Smith, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, northeast Spain
Face of a killer: Lianne Smith, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, northeast Spain

PA

He hasn't seen or heard from Smith for five years. She turned her back on him in 2007 after his sister Sarah reported Smith's partner Martin Smith for 11 years of sexual abuse. Lianne has the same surname as the rapist but they never married.

Yesterday in a moving interview with our sister paper the Sunday Mirror, Sarah, 23, said her mother blames her for the misery. But today Chris says it is completely his mother's fault.

"It is impossible to forgive her," he says. "What kind of mother chooses a man like him over her children? She turned her back on us then killed my sister and brother. Now she needs to take her punishment."

Chris was put through a life of misery growing up with Smith and paedophile partner Martin, a former TV psychic who hanged himself this year after being jailed for abusing Sarah.

"We did all the housework," Chris says. "We cooked, cleaned and tried to make sure everything was right.

"It was important to never give him any reason to get angry. He'd hit me all the time. But Mum never stopped him. If we complained, he just said it was our fault. He would hit us in the body so when we went to school no one could see the bruises.

"Once he threw me across the room and left me with a black eye. Mum didn't say a word."

Chris has followed every moment of his mother's trial. And he wasn't surprised when the jury was told DNA test results revealed Smith was NOT the father of Becky or Daniel.



Chris Smith speaks openly about his regret at not seeing the moment his mother was sent down

Nightmare: Chris Smith hoped to one day bring up his sister Rebecca
Nightmare: Chris Smith hoped to one day bring up his sister Rebecca
Sunday Mirror/Philip Coburn

The son of child killer Lianne Smith says he will never forgive her for murdering two of his siblings.

Chris Smith says his mother "fully deserves" the 34 years in prison she faces for smothering half-sister Rebecca, five, and 11-month-old half-brother Daniel with a plastic bag.

A jury in Spain last week found her guilty of killing the children as they slept in a hotel room in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava.

And in an exclusive interview, Chris, 21, from Newcastle, reveals he bitterly regrets not being in court to see her jailed.

"I wish I could have been there as justice was done," Chris says. "Mum looks so cold in the pictures. I wish I had been there to stare into her eyes as the word 'guilty' was announced to see if there was even a flicker of emotion."

Chris was unable to attend the trial because he is currently completing an apprenticeship in his home city.

He says the conviction of his mother brings an end to his "worst nightmare".

Lianne Smith, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, northeast Spain
Face of a killer: Lianne Smith, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, northeast Spain

PA

He hasn't seen or heard from Smith for five years. She turned her back on him in 2007 after his sister Sarah reported Smith's partner Martin Smith for 11 years of sexual abuse. Lianne has the same surname as the rapist but they never married.

Yesterday in a moving interview with our sister paper the Sunday Mirror, Sarah, 23, said her mother blames her for the misery. But today Chris says it is completely his mother's fault.

"It is impossible to forgive her," he says. "What kind of mother chooses a man like him over her children? She turned her back on us then killed my sister and brother. Now she needs to take her punishment."

Chris was put through a life of misery growing up with Smith and paedophile partner Martin, a former TV psychic who hanged himself this year after being jailed for abusing Sarah.

"We did all the housework," Chris says. "We cooked, cleaned and tried to make sure everything was right.

"It was important to never give him any reason to get angry. He'd hit me all the time. But Mum never stopped him. If we complained, he just said it was our fault. He would hit us in the body so when we went to school no one could see the bruises.

"Once he threw me across the room and left me with a black eye. Mum didn't say a word."

Chris has followed every moment of his mother's trial. And he wasn't surprised when the jury was told DNA test results revealed Smith was NOT the father of Becky or Daniel.



Chris Smith speaks openly about his regret at not seeing the moment his mother was sent down

Nightmare: Chris Smith hoped to one day bring up his sister Rebecca
Nightmare: Chris Smith hoped to one day bring up his sister Rebecca
Sunday Mirror/Philip Coburn

The son of child killer Lianne Smith says he will never forgive her for murdering two of his siblings.

Chris Smith says his mother "fully deserves" the 34 years in prison she faces for smothering half-sister Rebecca, five, and 11-month-old half-brother Daniel with a plastic bag.

A jury in Spain last week found her guilty of killing the children as they slept in a hotel room in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava.

And in an exclusive interview, Chris, 21, from Newcastle, reveals he bitterly regrets not being in court to see her jailed.

"I wish I could have been there as justice was done," Chris says. "Mum looks so cold in the pictures. I wish I had been there to stare into her eyes as the word 'guilty' was announced to see if there was even a flicker of emotion."

Chris was unable to attend the trial because he is currently completing an apprenticeship in his home city.

He says the conviction of his mother brings an end to his "worst nightmare".

Lianne Smith, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, northeast Spain
Face of a killer: Lianne Smith, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, northeast Spain

PA

He hasn't seen or heard from Smith for five years. She turned her back on him in 2007 after his sister Sarah reported Smith's partner Martin Smith for 11 years of sexual abuse. Lianne has the same surname as the rapist but they never married.

Yesterday in a moving interview with our sister paper the Sunday Mirror, Sarah, 23, said her mother blames her for the misery. But today Chris says it is completely his mother's fault.

"It is impossible to forgive her," he says. "What kind of mother chooses a man like him over her children? She turned her back on us then killed my sister and brother. Now she needs to take her punishment."

Chris was put through a life of misery growing up with Smith and paedophile partner Martin, a former TV psychic who hanged himself this year after being jailed for abusing Sarah.

"We did all the housework," Chris says. "We cooked, cleaned and tried to make sure everything was right.

"It was important to never give him any reason to get angry. He'd hit me all the time. But Mum never stopped him. If we complained, he just said it was our fault. He would hit us in the body so when we went to school no one could see the bruises.

"Once he threw me across the room and left me with a black eye. Mum didn't say a word."

Chris has followed every moment of his mother's trial. And he wasn't surprised when the jury was told DNA test results revealed Smith was NOT the father of Becky or Daniel.



Chris Smith speaks openly about his regret at not seeing the moment his mother was sent down

Nightmare: Chris Smith hoped to one day bring up his sister Rebecca
Nightmare: Chris Smith hoped to one day bring up his sister Rebecca
Sunday Mirror/Philip Coburn

The son of child killer Lianne Smith says he will never forgive her for murdering two of his siblings.

Chris Smith says his mother "fully deserves" the 34 years in prison she faces for smothering half-sister Rebecca, five, and 11-month-old half-brother Daniel with a plastic bag.

A jury in Spain last week found her guilty of killing the children as they slept in a hotel room in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava.

And in an exclusive interview, Chris, 21, from Newcastle, reveals he bitterly regrets not being in court to see her jailed.

"I wish I could have been there as justice was done," Chris says. "Mum looks so cold in the pictures. I wish I had been there to stare into her eyes as the word 'guilty' was announced to see if there was even a flicker of emotion."

Chris was unable to attend the trial because he is currently completing an apprenticeship in his home city.

He says the conviction of his mother brings an end to his "worst nightmare".

Lianne Smith, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, northeast Spain
Face of a killer: Lianne Smith, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, northeast Spain

PA

He hasn't seen or heard from Smith for five years. She turned her back on him in 2007 after his sister Sarah reported Smith's partner Martin Smith for 11 years of sexual abuse. Lianne has the same surname as the rapist but they never married.

Yesterday in a moving interview with our sister paper the Sunday Mirror, Sarah, 23, said her mother blames her for the misery. But today Chris says it is completely his mother's fault.

"It is impossible to forgive her," he says. "What kind of mother chooses a man like him over her children? She turned her back on us then killed my sister and brother. Now she needs to take her punishment."

Chris was put through a life of misery growing up with Smith and paedophile partner Martin, a former TV psychic who hanged himself this year after being jailed for abusing Sarah.

"We did all the housework," Chris says. "We cooked, cleaned and tried to make sure everything was right.

"It was important to never give him any reason to get angry. He'd hit me all the time. But Mum never stopped him. If we complained, he just said it was our fault. He would hit us in the body so when we went to school no one could see the bruises.

"Once he threw me across the room and left me with a black eye. Mum didn't say a word."

Chris has followed every moment of his mother's trial. And he wasn't surprised when the jury was told DNA test results revealed Smith was NOT the father of Becky or Daniel.



Chris Smith speaks openly about his regret at not seeing the moment his mother was sent down

Nightmare: Chris Smith hoped to one day bring up his sister Rebecca
Nightmare: Chris Smith hoped to one day bring up his sister Rebecca
Sunday Mirror/Philip Coburn

The son of child killer Lianne Smith says he will never forgive her for murdering two of his siblings.

Chris Smith says his mother "fully deserves" the 34 years in prison she faces for smothering half-sister Rebecca, five, and 11-month-old half-brother Daniel with a plastic bag.

A jury in Spain last week found her guilty of killing the children as they slept in a hotel room in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava.

And in an exclusive interview, Chris, 21, from Newcastle, reveals he bitterly regrets not being in court to see her jailed.

"I wish I could have been there as justice was done," Chris says. "Mum looks so cold in the pictures. I wish I had been there to stare into her eyes as the word 'guilty' was announced to see if there was even a flicker of emotion."

Chris was unable to attend the trial because he is currently completing an apprenticeship in his home city.

He says the conviction of his mother brings an end to his "worst nightmare".

Lianne Smith, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, northeast Spain
Face of a killer: Lianne Smith, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, northeast Spain

PA

He hasn't seen or heard from Smith for five years. She turned her back on him in 2007 after his sister Sarah reported Smith's partner Martin Smith for 11 years of sexual abuse. Lianne has the same surname as the rapist but they never married.

Yesterday in a moving interview with our sister paper the Sunday Mirror, Sarah, 23, said her mother blames her for the misery. But today Chris says it is completely his mother's fault.

"It is impossible to forgive her," he says. "What kind of mother chooses a man like him over her children? She turned her back on us then killed my sister and brother. Now she needs to take her punishment."

Chris was put through a life of misery growing up with Smith and paedophile partner Martin, a former TV psychic who hanged himself this year after being jailed for abusing Sarah.

"We did all the housework," Chris says. "We cooked, cleaned and tried to make sure everything was right.

"It was important to never give him any reason to get angry. He'd hit me all the time. But Mum never stopped him. If we complained, he just said it was our fault. He would hit us in the body so when we went to school no one could see the bruises.

"Once he threw me across the room and left me with a black eye. Mum didn't say a word."

Chris has followed every moment of his mother's trial. And he wasn't surprised when the jury was told DNA test results revealed Smith was NOT the father of Becky or Daniel.



Chris Smith speaks openly about his regret at not seeing the moment his mother was sent down

Nightmare: Chris Smith hoped to one day bring up his sister Rebecca
Nightmare: Chris Smith hoped to one day bring up his sister Rebecca
Sunday Mirror/Philip Coburn

The son of child killer Lianne Smith says he will never forgive her for murdering two of his siblings.

Chris Smith says his mother "fully deserves" the 34 years in prison she faces for smothering half-sister Rebecca, five, and 11-month-old half-brother Daniel with a plastic bag.

A jury in Spain last week found her guilty of killing the children as they slept in a hotel room in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava.

And in an exclusive interview, Chris, 21, from Newcastle, reveals he bitterly regrets not being in court to see her jailed.

"I wish I could have been there as justice was done," Chris says. "Mum looks so cold in the pictures. I wish I had been there to stare into her eyes as the word 'guilty' was announced to see if there was even a flicker of emotion."

Chris was unable to attend the trial because he is currently completing an apprenticeship in his home city.

He says the conviction of his mother brings an end to his "worst nightmare".

Lianne Smith, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, northeast Spain
Face of a killer: Lianne Smith, at her trial at the Provincial Court in Girona, northeast Spain

PA

He hasn't seen or heard from Smith for five years. She turned her back on him in 2007 after his sister Sarah reported Smith's partner Martin Smith for 11 years of sexual abuse. Lianne has the same surname as the rapist but they never married.

Yesterday in a moving interview with our sister paper the Sunday Mirror, Sarah, 23, said her mother blames her for the misery. But today Chris says it is completely his mother's fault.

"It is impossible to forgive her," he says. "What kind of mother chooses a man like him over her children? She turned her back on us then killed my sister and brother. Now she needs to take her punishment."

Chris was put through a life of misery growing up with Smith and paedophile partner Martin, a former TV psychic who hanged himself this year after being jailed for abusing Sarah.

"We did all the housework," Chris says. "We cooked, cleaned and tried to make sure everything was right.

"It was important to never give him any reason to get angry. He'd hit me all the time. But Mum never stopped him. If we complained, he just said it was our fault. He would hit us in the body so when we went to school no one could see the bruises.

"Once he threw me across the room and left me with a black eye. Mum didn't say a word."

Chris has followed every moment of his mother's trial. And he wasn't surprised when the jury was told DNA test results revealed Smith was NOT the father of Becky or Daniel.


He says his mother worked as a prostitute when he was growing up and may have continued to do so after fleeing to Spain.

"Martin would strap my sister and I into the back of the car in our pyjamas and we'd drive off with Mum so she could visit her clients," he says.

"When she got out of the car, we were ordered to go to sleep under a blanket while he waited for her to come back."

When Chris was growing up, one of the toughest days was when Sarah moved out to start a nursing course at university.

It meant he was the only one there to protect Becky.

Sarah gave Chris a mobile phone with a number only they shared so they could keep in touch while she was away.

"It was our lifeline," he says. "Mum and him would never let us use the home phone at all, so the mobile was a way I could talk to Sarah and reassure her Becky was safe.

"She'd ring every day to check on us both. I was relieved she'd got away, but there was also a part of me that felt more vulnerable not having my big sister by my side any longer."

But everything changed when, aged 16, Chris was kicked out of the house after a row with his mum and Smith.

"I don't even remember what I was supposed to have done wrong, but Mum just came up to me and said I'd been annoying him and was to leave," he says. "It never took much to annoy him.

"I was just finishing my GCSEs, was about to leave school and basically I just think he couldn't wait to have me out of the house."

Chris lived with a friend for a while and then moved in with his girlfriend.

Months later, after Sarah reported her stepfather to the police, they spoke about raising Rebecca together.

But his mother and Smith fled to Spain and took his little sister with them... meaning Becky disappeared out of his life forever. It was when Martin
was finally arrested in Barcelona in May, 2010, that Smith took Rebecca and Daniel away to the holiday resort to kill them.

"The fact that Becky was alone with them terrified me," he says. "I'd struggle to sleep every night wondering where she was, if she was safe, how she was feeling. The idea of her being alone with him made me sick."

Chris says he doesn't believe Smith's claims she tried to kill herself after the murders.

"I think she planned what she was going to do to my brother and sister, and in her own warped mind, thought she'd one day get away with it," Chris says. "But suicide would have been the easy way out for her. I am glad she will spend her time in prison thinking about what she's done."

The heartache of Becky's death was compounded when Smith told the Foreign Office not to inform him and Sarah when Rebecca and Daniel's funeral was. "It meant we couldn't even say goodbye," he says.

Instead Chris and Sarah held their own private memorial service in the North east attended by family and friends. Chris delivered a poem called My Little Angel. "Reading that poem was the hardest thing I've ever had to do," he says. "But I knew if I didn't say the words then I would regret it for the rest of my life. It was my chance to say goodbye."

Chris keeps the pictures of the children his mother took in the days leading up to the murders close to hand.

Rebecca and Daniel Smith
Sorrow: Chris regularly looks at pictures of his dead siblings Becky and Daniel

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"I look at them and they give me comfort," he says.

"But then I see the life of a beautiful little girl has been taken away and a boy I never got to know.

"Two beautiful children have gone and my mother has to live with that for the rest of her life. That's her punishment."

One of the toughest moments for Chris was the day his sister Sarah moved out to start a nursing course at university.

It meant he was the only one there to protect Becky.

Anxious to make sure he was ok, Sarah gave Chris a mobile phone with a number only they shared so they could keep in touch.

"It was our lifeline," he said. "Mum and him would never let us use the home-phone at all, so the mobile was a way I could talk to Sarah and reassure her Becky was safe.

"She'd ring every day to check on us both. I was relieved she'd got away, but there was also a part of me that felt more vulnerable not having my big sister by my side any longer."

But everything changed when, aged 16, Chris was kicked out the house following a row with his mother and Smith.

"I don't even remember what I was supposed to have done wrong, but mum just come up to me one evening and said I'd been annoying him and was to leave.

"It never took much to annoy him. I was just finishing my GCSEs, was about to leave school and basically I just think he couldn't wait to have me out the house."

Chris was forced to live with a pal and then moved in with his girlfriend.

Although he says part of him was thankful to be free of his mother and violent stepfather he was "terrified" at what might happen to Becky.

And just months later - when Sarah reported her stepfather to the police for child-abuse - his mother and Smith fled and took his little sister with him...meaning Becky disappeared out of his life forever.

"When they took Becky I was always fearful for her safety. It was hard enough knowing that your mother had turned her back on you, but the fact that Becky was alone with them terrified me.

"I'd struggle to sleep every night wondering where she was, if she was safe, how she was feeling. The idea of her being alone with him made me feel sick."

Chris says the heartache of Becky's death was compounded when his evil mother refused to pass on details of her funeral in Spain to him or Sarah.

"Even after what she'd done she was classed as next of kin and she told the Foreign Office not to tell us," he revealed. "It meant we couldn't even say goodbye to our sister."

Instead Chris and Sarah had their own private memorial service in the north east attended by family and friends.

The service included one of Becky's favourite stories, We're Going On A Bear Hunt.

And Chris wept openly as he struggled to read the words of a poem, My Little Angel: "You've just walked on ahead of me, and I've got to understand, you must release the ones you love, and let go of their hand."

"Reading that was the hardest thing I've ever had to do," he said. "But as I stood in front of those people I knew if I didn't say the words then I would regret it for the rest of my life.

"It was my chance to say goodbye to my sister - but she has never gone from my heart. I think of her every day and look at her picture and wonder what she would have become.

"She's been taken from me. And the pain of that never gets easier to deal with."



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