News: Victim of fatal Crete car crash was convicted murderer who became successful businesswoman

News: Victim of fatal Crete car crash was convicted murderer who became successful businesswoman

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A businesswoman who died in a car crash in Crete was a convicted murderer who had turned her life around to become a successful entrepreneur.

Zara Crane Davies, 40, from Manchester, was travelling with 18-year-old Luke Hall, when their 4×4 was involved in the incident near the party resort of Malia on Monday.

Just before the smash, video footage showed Luke standing in the soft-top Kia dancing and singing.

Another Brit, Louise Waddington, 39, was seriously injured and is fighting for her life in hospital.

A fourth passenger, an 18-year-old male, escaped unhurt.

Zara was given a life sentence for killing her neighbour in 2003, the Mirror reports.

When she was in jail, she made history by being involved in the first-ever lesbian prison wedding.

In 2003, mum-of-two Zara lived in a ground floor flat in Purley, South London, when she got involved in a row with a neighbour.

She fatally stabbed David Thompson, 37, outside his front door by piercing his heart with a 10-inch kitchen knife.

Zara, then known as Sara Crane, was jailed for life with a minimum of 12 years.

Malia is in Crete, a Greek island
Malia is in Crete, a Greek island
(Image: Picture by John Alevroyiannis)

While behind bars she struck up a relationship with a drug dealer called Joanne Davis and the pair were married in jail.

The governor of Send Prison in Surrey, agreed for a secret ceremony to be held in 2010.

The couple, both then aged 31, wore regular clothes and held a party for other inmates. They were allowed two hours association every evening.

A Court of Appeal rejected an application by Zara against her 12-year minimum term in 2005.

She argued that the trial judge had not taken into account her “appalling personal life” or her guilty plea when setting the term.

The court was told her mum walked out when she was 13 and then her dad moved away with a new partner, leaving his daughter to live with a cousin when she was 15.

Malia, a holiday resort on the island of Crete

The teen started to get in trouble with the police and in 1997 was jailed for three years for robbery.

Six years later she killed her neighbour after a row about “disrespect”.

On her release from prison, believed to have been around 2015, Zara returned to Manchester and started her own recruitment business.

Since then she has worked tirelessly to help former inmates get employment, often speaking about how difficult it is to integrate back into society, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Zara, director of Socialinvestor CIC, was crowned Mentor of the Year 2018.

Campaign group Northern Power Women posted a tribute on Facebook.

It said: “Our thoughts are with the loved ones of Zara Crane Davies and all involved in this tragic accident. Zara was a vibrant, pioneering supporter of the Northern Power Women family and she will be greatly missed.”

She was also finalist of the Inspire Women Award in 2018.

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An awards’ spokesman said: “She was connector, doer and champion of diversity and inclusion, driven by women and justice, Northern power, soul and talent.

“Having worked in the south for a number of years, and being a proud northern woman, she was determined to come home and make a difference. She will be missed dearly.”

A Foreign Office spokesman said: ” We are supporting the families of three British people involved in a car accident in Crete, and are in contact with local authorities.”



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