Abused wife not a murderer
(Posted on 01/03/19)Share:
Her conviction was ruled unsafe in the light of new psychiatric evidence not available at the time of her trial. She has been supported by her sons David and James and the campaign group Justice for Women.
“It’s an amazing moment,” David Challen said outside the Royal Courts of Justice. “The courts have acknowledged this case needs to be looked at again, as we have always said as a family. The abuse our mother suffered, we felt, was never recognised properly and her mental conditions were not taken into account.
“As sons, we get another shot for our story to be heard, the events that led to our father’s death to be heard, and for our mother to have another shot at freedom – a freedom she has never had since the age of 15.”
“The court of appeal heard that, in the opinion of a consultant forensic psychiatrist, the appellant was suffering from two mental disorders at the time of the killing,” acknowledged Lady Justice Hallett, sitting with Mr Justice Sweeney and Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb. “This evidence was not available at the time of the trial and the court quashed the conviction and ordered a retrial.”