Woman jailed for arranging a contract killing

12/12/2013

A 40-year-old woman has today been sentenced to six years at Wolverhampton Crown Court after she was found guilty of soliciting to murder her partner.

Kelly Cliff was arrested after she tried to recruit a friend to kill her partner. The friend took the defendant seriously and was so concerned that he informed the police.

On 3 April 2013, the defendant approached the friend to see if he could organise the killing of her partner and offered money in order for the contract to be carried out.

The concerned friend initially played along but only to ensure that the defendant did not approach anyone else to arrange for her partner to be killed. The defendant's partner was known to the friend and to ensure his safety he contacted the police who arrested the defendant at her home address in Aldridge.

In interview, Cliff denied making any arrangements and claimed that it had all been a misunderstanding. However, she has today been found guilty of soliciting to murder her partner.

Andy Gee, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Throughout this prosecution Kelly Cliff has maintained her stance that she never made any arrangements to have her partner killed and insisted that it was all a joke. However, evidence from the key prosecution witness who she approached to carry out the killing contradicted this.

"Her motivation behind this attempt to hire a hit man is still unclear, but over a two day period, she sought out and contacted her friend on two separate occasions in order to arrange the killing. She even discussed payments which she arranged would be paid after the hit had been carried out.

"In order to control the situation and to prevent Cliff approaching any other party to carry out the killing, the friend contacted the police who arrested the defendant at her home address.

"Following hearing all the available evidence, a jury found Cliff guilty of soliciting to murder her partner and today she has been sentenced to six years."