Dominic Connolly prosecutes Lincoln Payne, who entered guilty pleas to the violent attempted murder of two family members. 


At the time of the offence, Maureen Burchett lived at an address in Faversham with her sister Lily McBride. This defendant Lincoln Payne is Maureen Burchett’s Grandson.

On Saturday afternoon, the 30th May 2015, Lincoln Payne attended at the address of his Grandmother. Having been invited in, he brutally attacked both women, in an extremely violent and prolonged attack involving fists, knives and the use of a paint pot as a weapon. It is clear from the circumstances of the attack that Lincoln Payne meant to kill his victims. As a result, both women were rendered unconscious. Lincoln Payne then left the house, leaving them for dead. Before doing so, he stole money from the house. He also stole some winning scratch cards that he found before leaving, and later cashed them in for himself. He also stole his Grandmother’s mobility car, which he then used to visit friends and family in London.

For the next 24 hours, he did nothing to enable his Grandmother or her sister to receive the medical treatment they so desperately needed. He simply went about his own business.

Fortunately, neither woman was dead. After about 24 hours of being in the house, seriously injured, Lily McBride managed to knock on a neighbour’s door. Her sister was still unconscious. As a result an Ambulance and Police attended.

Both women sustained horrific injuries. Maureen Burchett in particular sustained a severe traumatic brain injury causing very severe and permanent brain damage. She has no recollection of the assault. Fortunately for us, Lily McBride does.

Lincoln Payne was arrested later that evening in the disability car he had stolen from his Grandmother. When interviewed, he denied attending at the address in Faversham or attacking the two women. Forensic and other evidence proves that he was lying.

Lincoln Payne pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder on 30 November 2015 at Inner London Crown Court.  Sentencing has been adjourned for psychiatric reports.

Read the the Kent Online article here.

Dominic Connolly is an experienced criminal barrister whose practice principally concerns serious and large-scale organised crime. He is ranked in Chambers Directory, as a leading individual in crime at the London Bar.