A retired doctor has been seen as blameworthy of stabbing his hit or miss socialite sweetheart for a second time over apprehensions he was being “double-crossed”.
Thomas Lang, 68, cut his lover – former model Maureen Boyce – in the stomach with a kitchen blade as she lay in bed at her home in Brisbane, Australia.
Lang had pleaded not guilty and told the court that Boyce took her own life.
He was first found guilty in 2017 but has murder conviction was quashed after a Court of Appel found some evidence may have been misleading and irrelevant, ABC.Net reported.
Killer Lang first met his lover 30-years ago whilst he was studying medicine in the US.
Boyce dumped him in the 1980s, leaving him “devastated” and searching for “another her”, Crown prosecutor Todd Fuller QC told the court.
The pair rekindled in 2013, while Ms Boyce was still married, the court heard.
On the night she died in October 2015 Fuller had found messages on her phone from another man.
Realising he was “being betrayed for a second time”, Lang used a large kitchen knife and butchered his lover.
He rang the emergency services the next morning and told the operator Boyce had killed herself, the court heard.
He declared he “didn’t do it” when asked if he had anything to say following the verdict as he sat in the dock.
Justice Ann Lyons sentenced Lang to life in prison.
Justice Lyons said: “By their [the jury’s] verdict, they were satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that you killed Maureen Boyce by stabbing her with a large kitchen knife.”
“They were satisfied that at some time on the evening of the 21st of October or early in the morning of the 22nd you killed a defenceless woman who was most likely fast asleep in her own bedroom.
“We don’t know the full circumstances of that murder because you lied about those critical events.”
Lang will be eligible for parole after serving 20 years.