killer haunted by "visits" from Lorna and has made friends with
the woman sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Lorna Stewart
a year ago this week, has been put on 24 hour suicide watch after prison
officers found a large quantity of pain killing drugs in her cell.
During her trial, the court heard about her troubled childhood and how
devastated she was when her husband Paul left her to be with Ms Stewart.
Even so the prosecution proved that Ms Salmon shot her husband’s new love
in cold blood in the basement of the former Equilibrium Salon on the Chiswick
High Road and the verdict of murder as opposed to manslaughter was given.
Floral tributes outside the shop where
the shooting occurred
cell in HMP Bullwood Hall near Hockley, Essex, Rena Salmon claims she
is haunted each day by ‘visits'’ from Lorna Stewart saying “Lorna is with
me day and night. I don't want to be here. I want to die. I should have
died that day.''
Salmon is presently being treated with drugs for depression and chronic
pain disorder and has admitted to hoarding pills for “future use''.Prison
staff had already planned to put her on special watch all day and night
on Wednesday, the first anniversary of the shooting but have now put her
under permanent surveillance.
In her prison diaries Salmon writes of her friendship with Soham accused
Maxine Carr stating “I value the friendship we have built up and the comfort
she offered me during my own trial. Whatever the trial outcome, I want
to remain a true friend.''
She has told friends she might be able to cope with prison provided she
had regular visits from her two children Ben and Jasmin. The court is
yet to rule on the frequency of their visits.
September 8th , 2003