A WOMAN alleged to have been at the centre of a deadly love triangle is facing incitement-related charges ten months after a murder.

Sarah Bramley is said to have sent a photograph of her performing a sex act on another man to her ex-partner and invited him over to attack her new lover.

The 29-year-old former law student from Darlington will appear at Teesside Crown Court next month after being charged by Durham Police.

The Northern Echo understands that she was questioned after she returned to the UK from Australia – where she is thought to have been since the knife killing in July – last month.

In December, her former boyfriend David Saunders, 33, was jailed for 22 and a half years after he admitted murdering Michael Lawson, 34, in Geneva Road, Darlington.

Judge Stephen Ashurst rejected Saunders's defence that he did not intend to kill Mr Lawson and that he did not carry the kitchen knife to the scene that he used to deliver a single fatal blow.

Saunders claimed that Mr Lawson took the knife to protect himself from getting "a good hiding" by a fitter and stronger man.

Miss Bramley, of Langdale Road, Darlington, is facing two charges of assisting the commission of an offence.

The first count alleges that "between June 29 and July 2, she sent David Saunders a photograph of her with another male, advised him of the whereabouts of that other male and invited David Saunders over to assault said other male, which was capable of encouraging or assisting an indictable-only offence . . . believing that one or more of these offences would be committed".

The second charge – covering the same dates – is almost identical, but says the photograph was capable of encouraging or assisting "a number of offences" and uses the word "murder".