Newcastle lesbian Tamya Louise Lane jailed for murder
29-year-old Tanya Louise Lane was sentenced at the Supreme Court in Sydney today (December 6) to a maximum term of 22 and a half years for the murder of Steven Quire, her lesbian lover’s defacto partner.
The Newcastle woman was said to have put her head in her hands and cried when she heard the verdict from Justice Peter Hidden.
Lane originally denied murdering Quire, whose body was discovered in bushland at the Watagan State Forest in 2010. Lane was said to have shot Quire at close range in the chest with a flare gun that had been modified to take shot gun bullets.
The court heard evidence that Lane was in an intimate relationship with Quire’s partner Renae Burns at the time of his murder, and the pair had wanted to eliminate Quire to pursue their relationship without hindrance.
Lane eventually plead guilty to the crime in August of this year, after initially claiming Quire had been murdered as the result of drug dealings that had gone bad with a bikie gang.
In delivering his verdict, Justice Hidden hoped Lane would at some point acknowledge the enormity of her crime. "It was a premeditated murder, planned over a significant period of time," said Hidden
Lane will be eligible for parole in September 2027.