How a woman sending a photo of herself engaged in a sex act led to murder

photo: @sarahbramley Facebook

A woman will have to spend time in jail after sending a text message that eventually led to murder.

Sarah Bramley, 29, was recently sentenced to four months in jail after her ex-ex-lover, David Saunders, 33, killed her most current boyfriend, Michael Lawson, 34.

Over the past year, Bramley and Saunders had been going back and forth with each other after a messy break-up, according to BBC.

The incident occurred in the borough of Darlington in North East England. In July 2017, Saunders sent Bramley’s friend a video of himself having sex with another woman via text message. Once Bramley saw the video, she decided to return the favor by texting Saunders a photo of herself engaged in a sex act. In the photo, Bramley was reportedly engaged in oral sex with her lover, Lawson.

Enraged, Saunders found Lawson and killed him by stabbing him in the heart.

In December 2017, Saunders was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 22 years.

Bramley was convicted of assisting the commission of an assault. After being sentenced to four months in prison, Judge Stephen Ashurst told Bramley, “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 common assault.”

Several cases of domestic violence have recently made national headlines. On October 2, Trendell Goodwin, 28, was charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend, LaShonda Childs, 17, after shooting her in the head. And on October 3, Avalone Fishback, 20, a student at Langston University in Oklahoma, was arrested after allegedly reaching out to four people to kill her ex-boyfriend.

According to Community Action Stops Abuse, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Potential victims are encouraged to know the signs of domestic violence and seek help.

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A.R. Shaw
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