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Lianne Smith found guilty of murder

Lianne Smith in court in Northern Spain Photo: ITV

A woman who killed her young son and daughter in a Spanish hotel room has been found guilty of their "abominable" murders.

Lianne Smith, 45, admitted smothering 11-month-old Daniel and five-year-old Rebecca with a plastic bag at the Miramar Hotel in Lloret de Maron the Costa Brava in 2010.

A jury at the Provincial Court in Girona, north east Spain, found her guilty of murder charges after deciding she was criminally responsible for the children's deaths.

Smith, who is from Wallsend but lived in Carlisle, claims she had attempted suicide several times after suffocating her two young children with a plastic bag.

Her defence team argued she should be acquitted of the killings because of her mental state after her husband was arrested on child sex abuse charges at their home in Barcelona a few days earlier.

The Spanish jury returned a verdict of guilty on this evening. Hannah Lomas sent this report from Girona.

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