Jury unable to reach verdict in hammer attack case

A JURY could not reach a verdict on whether a South Burnett woman intended to kill her husband when she hit his skull so hard with a hammer that it exposed his brain.

Kay Te Atarangi Lyons, 54 at the time, is accused of attacking her husband David, then 67, after he discovered gambling debts she had racked up and that she lied about losing their daughter to delay paying debts they owed through their cleaning business.

Mr Lyons described his wife shouting "die, die, die" as she hit him three or four times in the head in the study of their Wattle Camp home on June 4 last year.

The jury began deliberating at noon on Thursday but they were discharged from duty at 3pm on Friday when they could not reach a verdict.

Mrs Lyons did plead guilty to a lesser charge of malicious act with intent but the Crown rejected the plea.

The Crown had argued the attack was cold, calculated and premeditated; that Mrs Lyons had every intention of killing her husband.

Mr Lyons ended up in Princess Alexandra Hospital with skull fractures.

- APN Newsdesk