Police investigate potential ‘housemate custody plot’ in death of Samantha Kelly.

Original story first posted in February 2016… The Herald Sun reported, Peter James Arthur, 44, who lived with Ms Kelly and her children at a property in Kangaroo Flat, is charged with one count of murder. His partner Christine Ann Lyons, 44, and her former partner Ronald Lyons, 43, who also lived at the Wesley St address, are each charged with accessory to murder.

The Herald Sun understands Ms Lyons is unable to have children and police are investigating if she had a longing to take responsibility for Ms Kelly’s youngsters.

A source said: “The whole thing is just unbelievable”.

“It’s a shocking mess,’’ the source said.

The 39-year-old’s housemates — who failed to report Ms Kelly missing — had told the Herald Sun she walked out on her children and didn’t properly care for them.

Police have since revealed Ms Lyons and Mr Lyons in early February — two weeks after Ms Kelly’s murder — attended a school to enrol one of her daughters but said she was to be referred to by a different first name and their surname.

Ms Kelly’s Medicare card was presented.

Ms Kelly’s body was found buried in a dry creek bank late Thursday near Shelbourne. Ronald Lyons, Christine Lyons and Peter Arthur have been charged in relation to the death .

UPDATE 10 Jan 2017

Christine Lyons and Ronald Lyons, who are not related, are facing a committal hearing in Bendigo accused of murdering their housemate, Samantha Kelly, 39.

Police say Ms Kelly was bludgeoned to death with a hammer.

Her decomposing body was found in a dry creek bed three weeks after she disappeared from the home she and her four children shared with the accused killers in Kangaroo Flat in January 2016.

One of Ronald Lyon’s relatives testified that both accused killers discussed in front of her their plans to kill Ms Kelly.

“Chrissy brought Sammy up, just talking about ideas about how to do Sam in,” Shiralee Lyons told the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, reports 9 news.

“What I remember was it had come up about Sam, and she (Christine) wanted Sam’s kids and she wanted to do Sam in,” the 36-year-old said.

“Then she asked, like, what ways we can do it.”

At this point in the conversation, Ronald allegedly suggested killing Ms Kelly with a hypodermic needle.

“Ron came up with the idea of putting a syringe up her veins, and it’s just an instant heart attack and it can’t be traced,” Shiralee Lyons said.

Shiralee Lyons said she stayed silent during the conversation because she did not think the pair were serious.

“I treated it as a joke, laughed it off,” she said.

Counsel for Ronald, John Desmond, accused Shiralee Lyons of lying about the conversation.

“I’m putting to you that it’s just a lie, this entire story of this conversation in the car, where Ron talks about killing Sammy,” he told her.

The committal hearing before Magistrate Michael King continues.

Share your comments below.

  • So sad for the children now left to grow up without their mum


  • The world’s gone crazy. How could they think that they would get away with it?


  • yeah shocking that people can do this sort of thing at all. i just don’t understand!


  • How shocking, poor lady and her children. To suffer this great loss because of these monsters.


  • They were all part of it who cares who played what role throw away the key they are all as guilty as each other


  • What on earth! This is disturbing on so many levels!!


  • What is wrong with people. The world has gone crazy


  • Those who are guilty or involved in this case should never have access to the children at all. Responsibility is different to geniunely caring for and doing the right thing with the children. If necessary those who are legally givne custody of the children should be given legal documents stating that the 3 alledgedly responsible for the mum’s death should have no contact and not go within a certain distance of their new address or their school.

    • The Children have gone to live with their Uncle in Nsw I believe.


  • Incredible what they did. For what they think was for the sake of the kids? :-(


  • What is this world coming to….these people need to be locked up and never be released no-one has the right to take someone else’s life and rights away like this…. Samantha RIP we will chat when we see each other again.


  • This scenario and these people are insane. These poor children are now without a mother and this lady lost her life for nothing. Truth really is stranger than fiction.


  • sounds like a sick and twisted mess for the detectives to police together – in all honesty though I am sickened that these people have done this horrible crime, those poor children, now dont have a mum for the rest of their lives :( – I hope the children can find some love and support from extended family and friends in this horrible ordeal


  • Lke. Kd


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