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UK court orders new trial for woman who killed husband

February 28, 2019
David Challen, son of Georgina Challen, known as Sally, speaks outside the High Court in London, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. A British court has overturned the conviction of a woman serving a life sentence for murder for killing her husband. Sally Challen was convicted in 2011 of killing her husband Richard with a hammer. Three Court of Appeal judges have ordered a retrial, saying Challen was suffering from two mental disorders at the time of the killing. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — A British court has overturned the murder conviction of a woman serving a life sentence for killing her husband.

Sally Challen was convicted in 2011 of killing her husband Richard with a hammer. She admitted the slaying but denied murder, saying her spouse had controlled and humiliated her for 40 years.

On Thursday three Court of Appeal judges said a psychiatrist had testified that Challen was suffering from two mental disorders at the time of the killing — evidence that was not available during her trial.

The judges quashed the conviction and ordered a retrial.

Outside court, Challen’s son David said it was “an amazing moment.”

He said “the abuse our mother suffered, we felt, was never recognized properly and her mental conditions were not taken into account.”