AS female wrestling’s lycra-clad Welsh Dragon, Donna Marie Parsons rarely lost a bout.
Parsons’s supreme skills on the mat were matched only by her talent for manipulation.
Falsely portraying herself as the wife of violent paedophile who molested their children, she enlisted the help of a young vigilante to help get rid of her “abusive” husband in September 2000.
Werribee locksmith Paul Parsons met his wife, a former champion wrestler, in their native United Kingdom when she replied to an ad for a travelling companion in 1995.
They married and came to Australia, raising two daughters.
Paul showed Norwich terriers and was a member of the Sporting Terriers Club of Victoria, while Parsons revived her passion for wrestling and started a company to promote the sport.
Her fledgling business, Melbourne Wrestling Promotions, staged its first show on September 16, 2000 – a night after her husband was murdered.
Parsons filled shelves at Altona Safeway of a night, working alongside Belal El-Ahmad, 23.
She knew her lies about Paul being a molester and abuser would engender sympathy and draw El-Ahmad to her cause.
Parsons encouraged El-Ahmad to spy on her husband, keeping him informed of Paul’s whereabouts and even buying him a mobile phone.
worth more dead to Donna than alive
Paul Parsons suspected “someone in the wrestling world” was after him, but didn’t realise it would be his wife.
Records would later show there were 215 phone calls between Parsons and El-Ahmad in the 50 days before the murder, as the pair plotted Paul’s demise.
On August 22, El-Ahmad cut the brakes on Paul’s car while it was parked at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, where he was attending a meeting for the dog club.
But Paul quickly twigged the brakes were shot as he slowly drove from the car park.
Paul confided to a friend the suspicions planted by his wife, that someone “in the wrestling world” had cut his brakes.
He also told her he was “worth more dead to Donna than alive”, referring to his $896,177 life insurance policy and a super payout that would see his wife reap around $1m in total.
El-Ahmad’s second botched attempt on his life two days later – which Parsons would also blame on a rival wrestling identity – involved leaning out of a car window and pushing Paul from his motorcycle.
Parsons had a better plan.
El-Ahmad and his friend Andrew Stocker, 25, would hide in the back of her ute.
She’d drive home so they could slip into the house unseen and lay in wait for Paul, and parsons would create an alibi by being seen elsewhere.
On September 15 the plan was put into effect.
Belal El-Ahmed would be found guilty of Paul Parson’s murder, but his family continues to deal with the pain of his loss.
Paul arrived home around 5.30pm, and was beaten with two metal bars. His attackers then cut his throat.
El-Ahmad and Stocker then called Parsons to pick them up. She drove them away from the scene to a waiting driver some distance away.
Parsons had a neighbor enter the house later that night to discover Paul’s body.
It didn’t take long for police to track down El-Ahmad, who had items taken from the Parsons home at his house.
Paul’s blood was also found on a coat there.
El-Ahmad pleaded guilty and was jailed for at least 15 years, but Parsons and Stocker denied involvement in the killing.
They claimed El-Ahmad went to the house to assault Paul alone, and ended up killing him.
A Supreme Court jury convicted both of murder.