A husband who was the victim in an alleged murder plot joked with a life insurance company his wife was "trying to kill" him, a court heard. Lisa Fairpo is accused of plotting with her former lover Darren Wilson, 45, to murder her husband Andrew Burr by paying a hitman £10,000 [$16,020 USD] to kill him.
The jury in the trial at Hull Crown Court has been played seven calls between Mr Burr and an insurance company to buy life cover. It is alleged Mrs Fairpo and Mr Wilson were conspiring to murder Mr Burr to get a £750,000 [$1,201,425 USD] life insurance payout.
Mr Burr, 37, told the jury his wife had given him a number for a life insurance company and told him to ask for the maximum cover.
He told the operator: "I said to take out the cheaper one (policy) and she (Mrs Fairpo) said 'take out the maximum'. I don't know if she is trying to kill me or something."
Mrs Fairpo, 36, married Mr Burr, a painter and decorator, in 2005 and the pair had been together 13 years. It is alleged she was taking revenge on him for blinding her in one eye, as well as for financial gain.
Mr Burr told the jury the pair had a troubled marriage and he had repeatedly suspected her of having an affair with a fitness instructor.
He said he had blinded her after accidentally poking her in the eye.
Hitman Mikail Ward, of Dewsbury Street, west Hull, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder Mr Burr and claimed he was to be paid £10,000 to shoot him.
He walked into a police station in London and told them he had been paid to kill someone by Mr Wilson.
"It was a family joke – we are unusual," said Mrs Fairpo. "The children would joke about killing me and him and running off with all the money."
Judge Michael Mettyear put it to her: "You did not have any money. It is a strange topic of conversation when you have no money and there is nothing to inherit."
Mrs Fairpo, 36, denied she had ever conspired to kill her husband.
She said: "I had said to Darren 'he (Mr Burr) is doing my head in', but I did not mean I wanted my husband to get killed, ever. I never wanted him to be killed. I don't think you should hurt people. I don't like violence.
"I never had life cover. It was just a husband and wife talking about general life cover."
Mrs Fairpo told the jury she had told Mr Wilson they were discussing getting life cover. When asked if she thought Mr Wilson would plot to kill her husband she replied: "I don't know, why would he?"
The court heard she had known Mr Wilson, 45, for four years. She described him as her "best friend" and had slept with him once last October.
Mrs Fairpo said: "Andrew is like a big friendly teddy bear. We were in love and we cared a lot about each other and we worked well as a family. But when you are jealous it just causes arguments. He is really good-looking and I'm really plain and simple.
"We then realized we had fallen out of love and were just friends."
A jury of ten women and two men are considering the evidence heard during the trial at Hull Crown Court. Hitman Mikhail Ward has already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder. Mr Wilson is also accused of conspiracy to commit arson in Grove Street, west Hull. The house was petrol-bombed twice and it is alleged Mr Wilson wanted to scare the tenants from the property in order to use it to grow cannabis.
Judge Michael Mettyear has summed up the case to the jury. They have spent more than three hours considering their verdicts and have been sent home for the weekend.
Judge Mettyear told them: "I told you this was going to be an important and interesting case. If you strip away the slowness, what have you had? Loan sharks, threats, arson, cannabis factories, sex, lies, lies and more lies.
"At times, with some people and some of the evidence, it has been like watching some ghastly underworld soap opera."