A couple sentenced to life imprisonment who drowned a homeless woman. Dumped her body in a bin and then fraudulently claimed her welfare benefits. On Friday, the judge convicted Kevin Flanagan to serve a minimum of 32 years in prison, while his girlfriend Kathleen Salmond was sentenced a minimum term of 27 years.
The pair were accused of murdering Lisa Bennett, 39, in 2013, following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court this week. After drowning Ms Bennett in their flat in Birmingham, Flanagan and Salmond left her body in a wheelie bin, the court heard. Her corpse has never been found. Assuming the body was probably carbonised at a junkyard facility.
Fraud and A Murderer
Flanagan and Salmond pretended that Ms Bennett was still alive and claimed £4,979 in benefits. The police caught the “callous” couple only. When Flanagan’s brother came forward to report them, his sibling had confessed. About the killing, prompted by seeing a missing persons appeal led by Ms Bennett’s mother in 2014. Salmond appeared during proceedings via video link from a bed. He was convicted for benefit fraud in May 2013 and preventing Ms Bennett’s burial – charges Flanagan had previously admitted.
Staged the whole act
The police had an interrogation about Bennett’s disappearance and why her benefits were now being transferred into their accounts. The pair blatantly told detectives the victim would send her fictitious boyfriend Ian to collect it from them.
Furthermore, Flanagan used Ms Bennett’s phone to text her mother to deceit her death. A source revealed that Flanagan would be 71 years and Salmond will be 67 before they can apply for bail. “They befriended Lisa Bennett and then callously cut her life short causing immeasurable pain for those who loved her.” Sadly, Lisa’s parents didn’t get a chance to bury their daughter and bid goodbye.