Axe killer who murdered wife on the phone with her mum could be released early

A notorious axe killer is being considered for early release from his life sentence – but the victim’s family have begged prison chiefs to keep him locked up.

Emrys Taylor murdered his wife Lillian with an axe while she was talking on the phone to her mum, Lena.

After chopping her head in half, Taylor made a 999 call, telling the operator: “I’ve just killed my wife. I’ll go to prison for the rest of my life. It doesn’t matter.

“I’ve f***ing bashed her head in. There’s no need for an ambulance. Take her straight to the morgue.”

Now Lillian’s family have been told that Emrys – aged 77 – is being considered for parole, the Daily Record reports.

But sister Liz Martin has written to the Parole Board to explain the devastating impact the murder of Lillian, 43, had on her family. She has begged the authorities to keep Taylor locked up.

Liz added: “Nothing can give us back Lillian – so I don’t see why he should be shown mercy. He deserves to die in prison for what he did.”

Taylor claimed he had been driven to carry out the savage attack in April 2008 by his mother-in-law Lena.

In reality, he was jealous of Lillian’s devotion to her mum, the fact that she spent a lot of time caring for her and that she called her each night to make sure she was OK.

While Lillian was making her usual call on the evening she died, her husband walked out to a garden shed to collect the axe.

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He then walked back through the garden and the house in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, before striking Lillian from behind, without warning, as she chatted with her mum.

The first blow killed her, but the brute – then aged 64 – struck several more.

Lena heard the noise on the other end of the line and said to her husband Matthew: “He’s killed her.”

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Taylor was sentenced to life imprisonment in September 2008, but the punishment part of the sentence was set at just 12 years six months.

As he was remanded from the night of the killing, he is now eligible to apply for release on parole. Taylor applied for and was granted a transfer to a Welsh prison some years ago and is still imprisoned in his homeland, but his release remains a matter for the Scottish authorities.

Liz was notified earlier this year of her right to register an interest through the Victim Notification Scheme.

She told the Record: “It was really hard to have to relive it all again to gather my thoughts, but I have told the board I believe his crime was so sickening and so violent you had to assume he would always remain a danger.

“What he did literally killed my mother as well. She was 79 and not all that well, but with Lillian around she was happy and well-loved."

The Parole Board does not comment on individual cases.

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