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Sally Challen bailed after denying murdering husband

A woman whose sons campaigned against her conviction for murdering her husband has been bailed ahead of a fresh trial.

Sally Challen, 65, was found guilty of murdering 61-year-old Richard in a hammer attack in August 2010 and jailed for life in 2011.

But the conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal in February.

Appearing at the Old Bailey via video-link earlier, Challen, of Claygate in Surrey, denied murdering her husband.

Mr Justice Edis said Challen, who has been held at HMP Bronzefield, should be released from custody from midday on Saturday.

He set a further hearing for 7 June and a trial date for 1 July "if necessary".

The appeal followed a campaign by her sons David, 31, and James, 35.

As they left court, the men smiled and expressed relief that their mother would soon be freed.

During the two-day appeal hearing in February, the court heard evidence relating to Mrs Challen's state of mind at the time of the killing and the issue of "coercive control".

Coercive control describes a pattern of behaviour by an abuser to harm, punish or frighten their victim and became a criminal offence in England and Wales in December 2015.

The murder conviction was overturned by three judges who said the evidence of a psychiatrist, that Mrs Challen was suffering from two mental disorders at the time of the killing, was not available at the time of her trial and undermined the safety of her conviction.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-surrey-47826786

ruby Posted on April 05, 2019 10:30

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