Sally Challen walks free: Abused wife who bludgeoned husband to death with hammer will not face jail
That’s not quite it, no.
A mother who bludgeoned her abusive husband to death in a hammer attack has revealed that she “still loves him” after walking free from court.
Georgina Challen, known as Sally, 65, said she killed 61-year-old Richard Challen in the kitchen of their Surrey home in August 2010 after decades of being coerced and humiliated by him. She had been in prison for almost a decade.
However, following a string of unprecedented legal wranglings at the country’s highest courts, Mrs Challen finally walked out of the Old Bailey as a free woman after Mr Justice Edis sentenced her to nine years and four months in jail – time she has already served in custody.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today accepted her plea of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
The actual finding is a definite crime was committed – it wasn’t, for example, self defence. Further, she was guilty. And even that it was a pretty serious case of “manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility” as 9 years and 4 months for that is quite a lot, isn’t it?
One of the wilder demands in this and other such cases was that there was no crime at all. Yes, obviously, from the wilder shores of feminism but still.