Sally Challen admitted killing her husband in August 2010 but denied murder

Sally Challen murder conviction quashed over husband’s death

A woman who killed her husband in a hammer attack after saying she suffered “decades of abuse” has won an appeal to have her murder conviction quashed.

Sally Challen, 65, of Claygate, Surrey, admitted killing 61-year-old Richard in August 2010 but denied murder.

She was convicted in June 2011 and ordered to serve a minimum of 22 years, later reduced by four years on appeal She will now face a retrial.

Her lawyers asked the Appeal Court to reduce her conviction to manslaughter.

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

Sally Challen murder conviction quashed over husband's death

Richard & Sally Challen
Sally and Richard Challen had two sons and had been married 31 years

Challen, who appeared at the appeal via a video link from HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, was visibly emotional as she was told the decision.

Relatives and supporters in the public gallery also cheered and applauded.

An application for her to be released on bail was denied.

The two-day hearing followed a high-profile campaign by Challen’s sons David, 31, and James, 35.

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