Fantasist who murdered Sadie Hartley in love triangle obsession faked her own
The farm owner, Cllr Mike Cheers, told the Telegraph: “It just shows you can’t trust anyone. The police have been really good with us at the farm. I will be glad when it’s all over.”The murder diary was found hidden in a tree on his land. She then visited his wife, Janet, at their home in May 2012 and told her about the affair. Two weeks later, she sent a letter detailing their relationship to her and pretended she was pregnant and even sent a fake scan picture.Williams went to his home and would “stare” at the house from her car. After months of harassment, his wife reported Williams to the police.But for the police warning her against harassment, his wife could have faced a similar fate to Ms Hartley.Mr Sitiwatjana told The Telegraph: “I made a mistake going with Sarah. I just want to forget it and put it all behind me.”Friends of Williams described her as a “bunny boiler” and she spoke of herself as a “psycho” and a “she-devil”.It was during this time that she met Mr Johnston. He claimed he was single at the time, having split from Ms Hartley.He and Williams had exchanged flirtatious text messages and she arrived at his house in a short skirt and red high heels. Their relationship quickly became sexual.Mr Johnston ended the relationship after a few months when she became “heavy and clingy” and “obsessive”, before rekindling his relationship with his long-term partner Ms Hartley.But, in September 2014, jealous Williams sent Ms Hartley a letter claiming they had been having an affair for more than a year behind her back and having “fantastic sex”. A murderer described as a “bunny boiler”, who spent years taking revenge on the married lovers who spurned her, even faked her own kidnap and sex attack to cover up an illicit encounter, according to friends.Lifelong fantasist Sarah Williams has been jailed for life for killing her love rival businesswoman Sadie Hartley by attacking her with a 500,000-volt stun gun and stabbing her more than 40 times on the doorstep of her home in Helmshore, Lancashire, on January 14. The alleged kidnapping of Sarah Williams when she was 13 was reported in the Daily Telegraph in January 1995Credit:Daily Telegraph Ian Johnston and Sadie Hartley on holiday in Ecuador in 2013Credit:Lancashire Police Walsh describes in her diary how they had “murder practice”, where she would open the door and Williams would pretend to attack her with the stun gun.She wrote of Williams standing behind her with the knife pretending to slash her throat. The pair celebrated their plans by going on holiday to France with Mr Hardwick for Christmas.On their return, they carried out a “dry run” by delivering flowers to Ms Hartley’s home to make sure they had got the right house and knowing she was home alone because Mr Johnston was abroad skiing.Ms Hartley texted him saying it was “worrying” to receive the anonymous flowers late at night. Williams had a reputation for being unable to handle rejection after she repeatedly targeted former lovers and their wives.Just months before striking up a relationship with Johnston, Williams’ behaviour with another ski instructor mirrored what was to come.Between June 2011 and April 2012, Williams had an affair with married martial arts instructor Somapat Sitiwatjana, 47, known as Master A.When he ended their affair, Master A – who runs a gym in Manchester’s Northern Quarter – was targeted by Williams.She let down the tyres on his Mercedes Benz and attempted to get her co-accused, Walsh, to put foam in his exhaust pipe. Katrina Walsh, left, and Sarah Williams, right, who killed Sadie Hartley She was a total fantasist. She was seeing a married guy. I think Sarah concocted the abduction hoax to explain her disappearance over a weekend with himPhil Jones Letter sent by Sarah Williams to Sadie HartleyCredit:Lancashire Police The 500,000-volt stun gun was found buried in a fieldCredit:Lancashire Police Those who knew Williams claimed she was making it up and described her as a “fantasist”. They said the kidnap was a work of fiction to hide the fact she had disappeared with a married man.Phil Jones, the owner of Wirral Riding Centre, said she made up the claims after she left the stables.”Her false claims were the talk of the Wirral when it happened,” he said. “She was a total fantasist. She was seeing a married guy.”They used to disappear into a horse box together. I think Sarah concocted the abduction hoax to explain her disappearance over a weekend with him.”Cheshire Police refused to comment on the claims, but Shelley Williams, Cheshire Police press officer, added: “No one was arrested or convicted. If anyone came forward with new information we would look into it.”Williams continued to ride at the equestrian centre along with her accomplice, Walsh.It was at the centre as a teenager she met her “sugar daddy”, married businessman David Hardwick, a man three times her age, whom she dated until her arrest.The pair would have weekends away in a mobile horse box, nicknamed the ‘purple passion wagon’, with Walsh and her ex-husband Kevin.Mr Hardwick took her on 12 holidays a year, bought her homes and paid more than a £1,000 a month into her bank account.Despite this, she had three affairs behind his back in the run up to Ms Hartley’s death – all with ski instructors at the Chill Factore in Manchester, where she worked. Mr Johnston denies this and says Ms Hartley believed him and, following the letter, they decided to move in together. It was at this point that Williams recruited her friend Walsh, a riding instructor, to help plot the murder.A diary kept by 56-year-old Walsh, who was addicted to Channel 4 series Hunted, detailed their plans in entries that began in August 2014.One of the first entries read: “Had a long discussion on how to break up Ian from his sugar mummy. Sarah came round so got caught up in endless murder plots for Ian’s other half.””Another said: “We are seriously talking about getting rid of her opponent. I agree is a good play..she does seem to be a totally evil bitch.”As the months progressed, she wrote about “the excitement of plotting the perfect murder”. Initially, the pair plotted a drive-by shooting on a motorbike covered in an Isil flag. It then changed to buying a cattle prod and a knife.The pair even tried to enlist Walsh’s ex-husband Kevin as a hitman believing he could use his archery skills, which he had gained from Viking re-enactments, to kill Ms Hartley.Williams asked him to meet her as she had a job suiting his “particular key skill” but he refused believing it was “dodgy”.Later Walsh wrote: “Wow, I may get to be instrumental in helping remove this awful woman. This may happen. Wow. Am unexpectedly excited by it.”The prosecutor likened the elaborate plot to “the stuff of spy novels” as he detailed how the two women bought a tracking device which they secretly attached to Mr Johnston’s car to find out where their victim had moved to. Walsh and Williams pictured on a ferry to Germany to buy the stun gun that was used to kill Sadie HartleyCredit:Lancashire Police Sarah Williams recruited her friend Katrina Walsh (pictured) to help plot the murder It was the second time the pair had taken revenge on one of Williams’ married ex-lovers. Their plots were more akin to a Hollywood blockbuster than the streets of Lancashire.Williams’ attention seeking began as a child, when at the age of 13 the femme fatale sparked a nationwide manhunt after telling police she had been abducted as she cycled home from Wirral Riding Centre in Chester.She told detectives her kidnapper grabbed her as he pretended to fix his car near the stables in January 1995. A jury convicted horse enthusiasts Williams and her friend Katrina Walsh, both of Chester, of murdering mother of two Ms Hartley.The pair spent more than 18 months plotting the “perfect murder” after jealous Williams could not handle the break-up of her relationship with Ms Hartley’s partner, retired firefighter Ian Johnston. The police first turned their attention to Williams after asking Mr Johnston who would have had a grudge against Ms Hartley.A jury at Preston Crown Court have now convicted them of murder.Mr Justice Turner said the pair had played a “game of death” which led to the “savage butchery of a blameless woman”.”Sarah Williams, over a period of about eighteen months you plotted the murder of a woman whose only crime was to love the man you wanted for yourself, ” he said.”But let no one make the mistake of thinking that this was a crime of passion. It was a crime of obsession, of arrogance, of barbarity but, above all, it was a crime of pure evil.”You Walsh, are every bit as morally degenerate as Williams. No wonder you have been the best of friends over so many years.”They have both been jailed for life, Williams will serve a minimum term of 30 years and Walsh 25 years.He added: “Sadie Hartley died for your amusement. The contrast between her life affirming generosity of spirit and your vile, destructive, resentful and self-regarding hypocrisy could hardly be starker.”The meandering and over-elaborate planning served to heighten your pleasure by deliciously postponing your ultimate and inevitable gratification.”Doubtless, the features of secret agent-style intrigue carried with them elements of fantasy but this was no harmless world of make-believe it was a game of death.”I am in no doubt that her murder was planned and rehearsed down to the finest detail.”Williams’ father refused to comment on the case, adding: “I’ve no comment to make.” Williams claimed the man locked her in the boot of a Vauxhall Cavalier and drove her to a house where she was told to cover her eyes as she was led up a path to a house and was allegedly subjected to a serious sexual assault.Then she said the attacker put her back in the boot of the car and dumped her in remote countryside 30 miles from her home, where a passing lorry driver took her to a service station on the M6.Her story of becoming victim to a kidnapper made many newspaper front pages, but despite a major investigation no one was ever caught. A week later, Williams drove to Ms Hartley’s home and attacked her in the head with the 500,000-volt stun gun and stabbed her more than 40 times on her doorstep.It was a day later that the victim was discovered when concerned work colleagues raised the alarm when she failed to attend a meeting.After the murder, Walsh buried the murder weapons at Collinge Farm livery stables in Backford, Cheshire, where she taught and kept her horse. They attached it to his car when Ms Hartley and her partner attended a Christmas party at the ski village. A chilling photo shows them smiling happily as Williams looks on from the background.She then visited the street five times in the five weeks leading up to the murder.Despite claiming his relationship with Williams was over, text messages retrieved from her phone show “sexts” between Mr Johnston and Williams from last December.He claims he was “in a bad place” as his mother was dying of cancer and she “took advantage” of him. After this, Williams pushed ahead with her plans.In the month before the murder, Walsh and Williams got a ferry to Germany to buy the stun gun. Walsh bought the 8″ knife from a local Tesco store and Williams purchased size 10 boots to put police off the scent. Sadie Hartley, a keen horse rider, was murdered at her home in LancashireCredit:Lancashire Constabulary Police forensics officers at the scene of Sadie Hartley’s murderCredit:Lancashire Police Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.