Sydney woman jailed over murder by hitman

Sarah McPhee
Lyndal Archbold said she threw her body between Raymond Pasnin and a hit man who shot him dead

A Sydney woman who paid a hit man to shoot her ex-lover, snuffing out his life in the arms of his fiancee, has been jailed for at least 18 years for the murder.

Louise Catherine Spiteri-Ahern, 27, was found guilty last December of paying Daniel Haile to gun down her ex-boyfriend, Raymond Pasnin, outside his mother's Pendle Hill home in 2013 following a judge-alone trial.

In the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Stephen Rothman sentenced Spiteri-Ahern to 30 years behind bars, with a non-parole period of 18 years, backdated to June 22, 2015.

Haile, who was paid at least $4000 for the murder, was jailed in 2016 for at least 24 years.