A COUPLE from Cheshire have been handed life sentences for murdering a woman and then dumping her battered body in a North Wales lay-by.
Christopher Reed, 40, will serve a minimum of 30 years while his ex-partner, Kathy Williams, 31, must serve at least 24 years.
Both had lived in Westminster Road, Ellesmere Port.
They killed Lorraine Jones, 45, from Leeswood, near Mold, at their flat in Westminster Road, Ellesmere Port.
Judge John Rogers said neither had shown "any hint of remorse".
The trial at Mold Crown Court heard how Ms Jones died after a drunken orgy.
She was beaten, stabbed and strangled and her partly-clothed body was discovered dumped at a beauty spot near Bala in June.
Throughout the four-week trial, Williams and Reed blamed each other for the brutal killing, each claiming they had been asleep while the other murdered Ms Jones.
Judge Rogers said: "The killing was carried out for your sadistic pleasure and sexual gratification. You showed Lorraine Jones no mercy in life and no respect in death. There has never been any hint of remorse from either of you. "
Ms Jones had been dead for some time when she was discovered by walkers.
The divorcee, who had one teenage son, suffered multiple injuries to her head and upper body. Peter Hughes, QC, prosecuting, told the jury: "There was hardly a part of her body that had not been injured in some way or other and the injuries had been inflicted by a number of different means. She had been beaten, she had been stabbed, and it was subsequently discovered that she had been strangled."
The jury took more than six hours to unanimously convict Reed of the murder, then returned a few minutes later to convict Williams by an 11-1 majority.
Judge Rogers said Ms Jones was still alive when they initially dumped her body in the yard behind their flat.
He added: "If you had chosen to obtain medical attention for her she would probably have survived.
"Instead of obtaining assistance, you retired to bed.
"The next morning when you arose to find her bloody and naked but still alive, lying in the yard, you dragged her back into the flat.
"Later that day you took her body and dumped her in a lay-by 60 miles away."
He branded Reed a dangerous man, who was fascinated by knives.
He said Williams was a violent person although she had no previous convictions for violence, and had probably played a lesser role in the attack.
Reed also received a concurrent five-year sentence after admitting conspiring to pervert the course of justice by giving police false information and dumping the body.
Williams was convicted and received a concurrent seven-year sentence.