A WORKER at a Linda McCartney factory paid £20,000 for a hitman to kill her married lover, a court has heard.

Spurned Helen Hewlett is said to have became “utterly fixated” after a brief fling.

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A worker at a Linda McCartney factory paid £20,000 for a hitman to kill her married lover, a court has heard[/caption]

It is alleged the married mum, 43, stalked Paul Belton, 50, for 18 months then used her savings, overdraft and loans to buy Bitcoin to place an order via dark web site Online Killers Market.

A jury heard she paid £20,547 and gave his name, home and work addresses plus a picture.

She is also said to have insisted “it looks like an accident”.

Hewlett was arrested after a tip-off and cops are said to have found she had searched online for fatal accidents to see if the killing had been carried out.

The court heard the pair had a sexual encounter in a car after flirting while working at the Linda McCartney frozen food factory in Fakenham, Norfolk.

Married dad Mr Belton is said to have immediately regretted the romp.

But Hewlett is alleged to have become obsessed, sending sexually-explicit messages and following him when he left to work at another factory.

She is also said to have made false claims to bosses that he bullied and sexually harassed women.

She told police she had “no intention of going through with the order” to kill.

But Marti Blair KC insisted: “These actions go far beyond mere fantasy.”

Hewlett, from King’s Lynn, denies soliciting murder and stalking from January 2021 to August 2022.

The Norwich crown court trial continues.

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