Woman jailed for killing lesbian lover's male partner

A WOMAN who murdered her lover's male partner so he wouldn't get in the way of their lesbian romance, will spend at least 17 years in a NSW jail.

Tanya Lane 29, shot Steven Quire in the chest and dumped his body in bushland in the NSW Hunter region in February, 2010.

When the 33-year-old's remains were discovered, Lane and the Mr Quire's partner Renae Burns tried to convince police bikies were to blame but investigations soon uncovered the disturbing truth.

Police alleged Lane and Burns - who was convicted for being an accessory after the fact - were having an affair for several months before Mr Quire was killed.

The NSW Supreme Court heard Mr Quire had found out about the affair and the motive for the murder was to prevent Mr Quire from interfering.

Justice Peter Hidden described the killing as premeditated and planned over a significant period of time.

Outside court, Lane's mother Rayleen tearfully apologised for her daughter's actions and said she hoped the sentence provided some closure for Mr Quire's family.

Lane will be eligible for parole in 2027.

Topics:  murder

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